You can’t have pizza without sauce. Combine this with melting cheese and you’ve got yourself a memorable meal the entire family will love. Whether you’re using a sweet or spice tomato sauce, this is a ‘make or break’ ingredient. For this reason, you need to know the signs of when it’s gone bad. After all, if it’s spoiled and you use it on your pizza, you might as well toss your pie away!
More importantly though, how long does pizza sauce last in the fridge? Knowing the answer to this question will help avoid it from going bad. Consequently, serving your family, friends, and guests terrible pizza (not to mention it can make them sick too)!
Pizza sauce is easy to store and there are two main options of storing it away. The first one is storing it in your freezer (in a freezer Ziploc bag or spoon into muffin tins). Your second option is pouring your leftover sauce into a jar, covering it, and storing it away in your fridge.
How long is pizza sauce good for in the fridge? We’ll cover this next.
The answer to this question depends on the method of storage that you’re using. For example, a jar of pizza sauce can last anywhere from 5-7 days when left in a refrigerator between 35 and 40℉. When properly stored away in the freezer at 0℉ can last about 3 months.
If you decide to freeze it, here are a few ways you can defrost pizza sauce:
You always want to keep your sauce at a temperature below 40℉. If you leave it out longer than two hours at a temperature above 40℉ it’s likely your sauce will spoil. If the temperature is above 90℉, all it takes is one hour for it to go bad.
If this happens to be the case, we suggest tossing your pizza sauce because mold and bacteria flourish at these temperatures. The last thing you want is getting yourself or guest’s sick.
Do you suspect your sauce has gone bad? Here is how you can tell.
The most obvious way to tell if your sauce has spoiled is if it contains visible mold. This can be green, back, or white mold within it or on the lid. Mold on the jar lid indicates that this fuzzy substance has spread, making it dangerous to eat.
Please note: Mold can grow within your sauce even when refrigerated. If you scrape away the mold, it’s still not safe to consume since foods like pizza sauce have a large quantity of water. This makes it likely for mold filaments to grow even under the molds surface.
If you’re greeted with a funny odor when you open your jar of sauce, this is a clear sign it’s gone bad. If it smells alright but tastes sour, tangy, bitter, or simply unappetizing, it’s time to toss it. Also, check for changes in the color. Unusual colors are another indicator that the pizza sauce has expired.
If you have purchased your sauce at the grocery store and the seal is broken, this is a good sign it’s gone bad. Here are some key indicators that there is a problem:
If you notice any of these signs, we suggest throwing your jar away and replacing it with a nice batch of homemade sauce.
You want to keep track of opened sauce. If it’s been left out for hours after being opened chances are its gone bad. You want to keep it between 35 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit (refrigerator) or in the freezer at 0 degrees.
Avoid ruining your pizza and keep an eye out for the above 4 signs of spoiled sauce.
We hope we’ve answered all your questions within this short guide. Also, you now know how long pizza sauce lasts in the refrigerator as well as other details like how to tell if it’s gone bad.
If you even suspect your sauce has spoiled because of any of the above signs, it’s better to be safe than sorry and throw it out. The consequences go beyond a ruined pizza. The last thing you want is sabotaging your pizza and getting yourself, your family, and your friend’s sick.