It never fails. You make spaghetti for your husband and yourself and
you only need half the jar. Or you ran out of pasta but still have pasta sauce left. Well, no worries! Yes, you CAN freeze sauce. What
ever did humans do before refrigeration?
Actually, humans went through a lot of trouble and got pretty creative before refrigerators. Primitive food cooling systems can be traced
back to (or before) 1000 B.C. Naturally, pre-refrigerator
civilization couldn’t acquire and store large amounts of food for
extended periods of time like we Americans have the privilege of
doing. Livestock was often slaughtered and eaten immediately, or butchered
in the fall before the colder temperatures set in, and harvests were
also timed to accommodate the wintery months. But, some methods were
introduced to give families the option to preserve food for a longer
The earliest predecessors to the refrigerator were caves, cellars, streams, snow and the like. Blocks of ice packed in salt and salt water brine (which absorbs heat when it evaporated) were used to assist in the cooling process. Early restaurants had blocks of ice delivered daily to cool the cellar for food storage and health safety. Eventually ice cabinets or “ice boxes” would predate the modern refrigerator design, until finally in 1834, Jacob Perkins invented the first refrigerator suitable for food use, which used ether in a vapor compression cycle. It took another 100 years of refrigerator evolution to provide the version we know and love today. So, appreciate your refrigerator!
As far as freezing foods, know that some foods freeze better than
others. Most fruits and vegetables usually freeze well (yay for tomatoes!)
and cream or gel based products (which tend to separate upon freezing,
and never quite go back right when thawed) do not. Sorry Alfredo
Until next time, age well and live long!