Pizza sauce is a must-have for any pizza. They provide a lot of flavor to the meal and help the toppings stay to the pizza and bake in beautifully, so you won’t have to worry about losing them when you bite into a piece. Even though there are many other types and flavors of pizza sauce on the market today, we feel that classic Italian-inspired pizza sauces made from tomatoes are the safest and most adaptable alternative.  This is because it allows you to play around with toppings and use the same pizza sauce on many sorts of pizzas if you so choose. Because pizza is appreciated and adored worldwide, we feel you should be able to choose the right one for your pantry among the various options available. So, these are some things to think about to choose the best product for you.

Flavor

Of course, the flavor is one of the essential components of any pizza sauce. In the end, every other element may be irrelevant if the pizza sauce itself does not meet your expectations. With a tomato foundation, you may use meaty, vegetarian, cheesy, and fish toppings, but with a barbeque or pesto base, you may need to be more careful about the toppings you use to match those flavors. An excellent jar of pizza sauce will have a rich tomato flavor and the herbs that have been added. Many pizza sauces on the market have garlic and onions in their formula, and it’s fantastic if you can taste these flavors in the sauce. However, make sure it’s not too strong, as it shouldn’t dominate the toppings or the pizza’s dough.

Ingredients

The contents in your bottle or jar of pizza sauce are the next most essential factor to consider. Of course, you should be conscious of what you’re eating, and the simplest way to do so is to look at the ingredients list on the back of the bottle. Many types of pizza sauce on the market are highly nutritious and devoid of chemicals and preservatives, which is lovely. Of fact, while this may be true in some cases, pizza sauce is not generally a product that contains harmful components. As long as you stay to the suggested serving size, the sugar, salt, and calories are all quite minimal. Checking the components is essential not just because you’ll know what you’re eating but also because you’ll know if the product is acceptable for anyone with special dietary needs or allergies. It may also give you a good sense of what flavor the product will contribute to your pizza, which is helpful if you’re planning to try something new for the first time.

Versatility

We believe it’s fantastic to find a flexible product that can be utilized in various ways, and pizza sauces are no exception. We also believe that you should have fun in the kitchen and test out new recipes with items you already have on hand. We’ve discovered that a lot of pizza sauces can also be utilized as pasta or spaghetti sauce. What makes pizza sauce so unique is that it’s simple to create and customized by adding your herbs and spices if desired. You may use the sauce to dip breadsticks, garlic bread, and other party appetizers and side dishes into it this way. And also, some pizza sauces are better at this than others, and if the sauce is acceptable for other foods and dinners, it will most likely be stated on the bottle or jar. As a general rule, make sure the sauce is hot and ready to eat before serving it in any form.

How to Use

In nearly all situations, all you have to do is pour the correct amount of sauce over your pizza base/crust and evenly distribute it. As well, place the pizza in the oven once you’ve put your desired toppings and bake until it’s done. The only other way to use this sauce is to toss it with pasta or use it as a dip. Cook the sauce until it is boiling in both situations. This may be done in the microwave or on the stove. Pour the sauce into a dish or over your pasta to serve.

Storage

On the back of the bottle, there should be instructions on how to keep the product appropriately. Most of the time, you may store the jar or bottle in a dry, secure location such as your pantry or cupboard until you’re ready to use it. Since a general rule, after you open the pizza sauce, you must keep it refrigerated from that point on, as the sauce can quickly spoil if not. If you have some leftover pizza sauce from a can, we recommend storing it in a reusable and resealable glass jar and refrigerating it until you’re ready to use it again.

Lifespan

The longevity of pizza sauce is determined by several factors, the most important of which is whether or not the sauce contains preservatives. If the sauce contains preservatives, it should keep for 18-24 months if you don’t leave it open. On most packages, there will be an expiration date that you may use as a reference. If you choose more “healthy” and natural sauces with organic and straightforward components, the product’s lifespan will likely be much less than if you choose a sauce with preservatives and chemicals. If this is the case, your unopened pizza sauce will last for 3-6 months before needing to be used. As a reminder, after the sauce is opened, keep it refrigerated to ensure that it lasts as long as possible.

Spicy Or Mild

The majority of pizza sauces go the safe route, allowing the opportunity for you to customize the sauce with your spices and ingredients if you so choose. As a result, the majority of pizza sauces on the market are considered light. This is not only flexible, but it also means you can use a wide range of toppings on your pizza without them clashing with the pizza sauce. Hotter pizza sauce choices are also available. These are ideal for individuals who like to try new things with their food. However, spicy food might negatively affect people sensitive to heat or stomach difficulties, so this may not be appropriate for them.

Packaging

The packaging of the pizza sauce is the final point to consider. This is especially crucial given the current state of our world. Plastic pollution is overcrowding our world and our oceans, causing sea life to suffer. It might take 100 years for the plastic to disintegrate, and the environmental damage it creates is permanent. Using glass containers and jars instead of plastic ones and reusing the current packaging is the simplest thing we can do to prevent additional damage to our world. If this is essential, go for pizza sauces in glass jars or metal cans rather than plastic bottles. We would prefer the jars over the cans because they are more reusable and durable. If you want to, you may utilize them to store extra food or as storage.

Author

Debbie Barr is an author, speaker and health educator with a passion for encouraging people to engage deeply with God as they journey through tough times. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from the Pennsylvania State University and her master's degree in health education from East Carolina University. A master certified health education specialist (MCHES), Debbie has special interests in work site health promotion, Alzheimer's disease, health literacy, healthy lifestyle, and Christian growth. A versatile writer and speaker, Debbie is the author/co-author of six books and numerous articles. You can read more about her at debbiebarr.com or www.linkedin.com/in/debbiebarr

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