Tomato sauce is super easy to make and costs very little. Plus, if you make it from home, you get to customize it by adding as much roasted garlic, basil, and spices as your heart desires. Hopefully, you made just the right amount of sauce for yourself and maybe a few friends. But let’s be honest: We often over-prepare and make a little too much sauce. That’s okay because you will have more for later. Of course, you could always freeze your pasta sauce for safekeeping, but what if the amount you have left is worth freezing?
According to Martha Stewart, homemade tomato sauce won’t last as long in your fridge as the store-bought kind. While fresh produce tastes better, it doesn’t have a long shelf-life. The site states that homemade tomato sauce lasts anywhere from 3-5 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Lacademie, however, suggests inspecting the base you used for your pasta sauce. If you use an alcohol base for your tomato sauce, such as vodka or wine, it will help to preserve it a bit longer in the fridge. You’ll know your tomato sauce has gone past its prime when it begins to smell, change in flavor, or starts growing mold (via The Crowded Table).