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Old 01-05-2014, 10:24 AM   #11
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When I cooked for one, I used the soup can size can of Furmanos crushed tomatoes, 14 oz I think, it made such a great, quick sauce. Now that size can of crushed tomatoes from any brand is impossible to find. Luckily I'm not single anymore

I do buy jarred sauce for the pantry for quick evening meals, some of them, including my store's store brand and Trader Joe's roasted garlic are pretty great and all natural. When I make my own, I end up with a similar flavor profile anyway!
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:28 AM   #12
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I cook for one and I make my own. I never compared costs. I'm not meticulous enough in that field to take into account cooking sauce on a stove compared to warming up what came out of a jar, gas/electric usage, five toes of garlic compared to the whole bulb, spices... did I open a can of crushed tomatoes or open what I canned last fall like a lot of you guys do... all the little things that *I* feel should be taken into account for a true cost comparison.
I just do it because I like to cook. And spaghetti sauce freezes well.
I do recall buying a jar of sauce for something a couple months ago... maybe meatball subs? Italian omelette? Beats me. Something where only 3 TBS or so were required and I didn't want to thaw a meal sized portion.

I understand your thinking. Cooking for DH involves getting the food on the table as fast as possible. He cannot think about what he wants to eat until he is actually hungry. So "quick" is a big factor.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:30 AM   #13
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When I cooked for one, I used the soup can size can of Furmanos crushed tomatoes, 14 oz I think, it made such a great, quick sauce. Now that size can of crushed tomatoes from any brand is impossible to find. Luckily I'm not single anymore

I do buy jarred sauce for the pantry for quick evening meals, some of them, including my store's store brand and Trader Joe's roasted garlic are pretty great and all natural. When I make my own, I end up with a similar flavor profile anyway!

I only buy Ragu Old World Style with Mushrooms. It tastes very similar to my home made. I never thought to use canned crushed tomatoes. Good idea.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:00 AM   #14
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And the definitive word there is "we". I cook for only one. You have multiple people to cook for, so it is more cost effective to make your own.
It freezes very well. We = 2.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:23 AM   #15
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When I cooked for one, I used the soup can size can of Furmanos crushed tomatoes, 14 oz I think, it made such a great, quick sauce. Now that size can of crushed tomatoes from any brand is impossible to find. Luckily I'm not single anymore

I do buy jarred sauce for the pantry for quick evening meals, some of them, including my store's store brand and Trader Joe's roasted garlic are pretty great and all natural. When I make my own, I end up with a similar flavor profile anyway!
One of the two or three times I have bought the smaller can was when I made that pizza a couple weeks ago. I was following a recipe for the sauce and didn't want to use the 28 oz can in case I didn't like it. Otherwise all I buy are the larger sized cans.
I just can't pass up when they go on sale for $1.00 each. And it's always your choice of size, 14 or 28 for $1 ea. I don't understand that type of thinking, but it is what it is. I'll be buying five cans of Contandina sauces today because they are on sale.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:25 AM   #16
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I, too am cooking for one. When I make my sauce, it's in a 5 quart Dutch oven. I allow it to simmer for an hour or two, then I take out about a quart and freeze it for use with seafood. I add 8 each cooked meatballs and Italian sausage links, and simmer for 2 hours more. I make one meal of 2oz of any type of macaroni product, one meatball and one sausage link. Once the sauce has cooled sufficiently, I package it in GladWare Soup & Salad Containers; one meatball and one sausage link per container, fill the containers with sauce, and freeze them. Each container has enough sauce for a repeat of the above meal, plus another serving of sauce for things like veal, chicken or pork parmigiano; an Italian style frittata or anything else that calls for tomato sauce. I would never think of buying jarred or canned sauce, and I have never thrown away any sauce. It must be the Sicilian in me.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:35 AM   #17
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I, too am cooking for one. When I make my sauce, it's in a 5 quart Dutch oven. I allow it to simmer for an hour or two, then I take out about a quart and freeze it for use with seafood. I add 8 each cooked meatballs and Italian sausage links, and simmer for 2 hours more. I make one meal of 2oz of any type of macaroni product, one meatball and one sausage link. Once the sauce has cooled sufficiently, I package it in GladWare Soup & Salad Containers; one meatball and one sausage link per container, fill the containers with sauce, and freeze them. Each container has enough sauce for a repeat of the above meal, plus another serving of sauce for things like veal, chicken or pork parmigiano; an Italian style frittata or anything else that calls for tomato sauce. I would never think of buying jarred or canned sauce, and I have never thrown away any sauce. It must be the Sicilian in me.
This is the process. Whether you're cooking for 1 or more, you make a big batch and freeze it in meal-sized portions.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:42 AM   #18
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This is the process. Whether you're cooking for 1 or more, you make a big batch and freeze it in meal-sized portions.
One or two 28 oz cans is a big batch to me.
Although if I was making 4-5 qts at a time it would probably save money. I could buy my tomato product in the bulk aisle. Get one or two of those enormous cans.
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One of the two or three times I have bought the smaller can was when I made that pizza a couple weeks ago. I was following a recipe for the sauce and didn't want to use the 28 oz can in case I didn't like it. Otherwise all I buy are the larger sized cans.
I just can't pass up when they go on sale for $1.00 each. And it's always your choice of size, 14 or 28 for $1 ea. I don't understand that type of thinking, but it is what it is. I'll be buying five cans of Contandina sauces today because they are on sale.
Yeah, nowadays I buy the 28oz, but when making pizza having the 14 comes in handy with no waste. I have found that the store near me carries the Furmano pizza sauce (way over priced though) and I really like it, so I end up buying that.

My favorite crushed tomatoes are from Aldi, believe it or not, they are quite "saucy" and have a great flavor, they come together for a really great quick sauce. They are usually 89-99 cents per 28 oz can.
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Good to know, GG. Thanks.

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The Campbell Soup notice isn't included in that---- do you belong to an RSS feed? Or how did you come by that notice, if you don't mind me asking.
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