Making pasta sauce with meat is a fairly simple kitchen task and one that can yield exceptionally flavorful results. Scaling up the production to make quite a bit of meat sauce requires little more work than making one meal’s worth. Meat sauce freezes well, meaning you can make enough for several more meals and store the sauce in your freezer until you are ready to use it. For best results, use the frozen meat sauce within about four months.
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Ladle the meat sauce into rigid freezer-safe containers. Put only as much into each container as you will be able to use for one meal. If, for example, you usually make dinner for four people, put approximately four servings of meat sauce into each container. A typical serving should be approximately 1 to 1 1/2 ladlefuls of sauce. Leave at least 1/2 inch of head space in each container to allow the sauce to expand when it freezes.
Stir the meat sauce within each container gently to eliminate any air bubbles hiding in the corners of each container. Allow the sauce to cool for 15 to 20 minutes and then seal each container.
Put the containers of meat sauce into your freezer. You can keep the meat sauce here for up to four months without significant decline in quality. Transfer the sauce to your refrigerator the night before you wish to use it to allow it to thaw. Reheat the sauce to at least 165 F before you consume it.
References and ResourcesPickYourOwn.org: How to Make and Can Spaghetti Sauce From Fresh Tomatoes
Fresh From the Freezer: Spaghetti Sauce for the Freezer
Illinois Department of Public Health: Food Safety Fact Sheet --- Critical Temperatures for Food Service