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Old 09-06-2011, 01:30 PM   #21
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Prego. It's handy to have, like a pantry item.

Question: Once a jar is opened, what is its refrigerated shelf life?

I am not sure. I just screw on the lid and put it in the freezer until I need it.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:00 PM   #22
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I wonder if the sweet thing is a regional taste. I love sweet spaghetti sauce. Most of the Italian restaurants I've eaten at around here all have sweet sauces, including the restaurants in a section we call "Little Italy". Some serve a sweeter than others though. Interesting.
it most definitely is. i used to date a girl who worked for cpc/best foods international and they made no secret of the fact that they sold upwards of 3 or 4 flavours of the exact same product, such as tomato sauces and mayonaises, each tailored to the taste test of a region. but the labels looked exactly the same.

it sounded weird, but the biggest dividing line for different formulas was the mississippi river. if you lived in illinois, for instance, you'd get sweeter mayo. in iowa, slightly.spicier.

they taste tested constantly so as to maximize sales.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:10 PM   #23
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it most definitely is. i used to date a girl who worked for cpc/best foods international and they made no secret of the fact that they sold upwards of 3 or 4 flavours of the exact same product, such as tomato sauces and mayonaises, each tailored to the taste test of a region. but the labels looked exactly the same.

it sounded weird, but the biggest dividing line for different formulas was the mississippi river. if you lived in illinois, for instance, you'd get sweeter mayo. in iowa, slightly.spicier.

they taste tested constantly so as to maximize sales.

Interesting info, BT. I've heard for years that Best Foods and Hellmann's were the same product. I had also heard some say that BF was sweeter... Supports your point.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:18 PM   #24
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Yes, that's really interesting, BT.
I can imagine the calls these companies get if someone relocates to a different region and all of a sudden their product doesn't taste the same.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:47 PM   #25
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she used to bring home samples from different regions for us to try.
the differences were slight, but noticable enough to affect what someone might like.
lol, i probably only recently threw out some of the knorr sauce mixes she gave me. they might have been a little off after 20 years.
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My grandma and grandpa were from different parts of Italy. Grandpa HAD to have at least twice a year dinner of gravy, raviolis and meatballs like his mom made. Which was sweet red gravy and sweet raviolis both had lots of sugar - in the sauce and the cheese filling for the raviolis (and cook the raviolis in sweet boiling water). The meatballs had to have sugar, raisins and pignoli (pine) nuts in them. Which meant my mom carried on the tradition and I hated the sweet dinner. So it is also an Italian regional thing also.
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It used to be Ragu, but I've switched to Hunts or Del Monte. Both are very good and a lot cheaper for the same amount.
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I am not sure. I just screw on the lid and put it in the freezer until I need it.
I never thought of that! Thanks!
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speaking of the silver palate brand sauces on sale: i just picked up 5 jars on sale @ about $3 per jar, less than half price. i bought 2 tomato basil, a fra diavolo, an alfredo, and a primavera.

i haven't tried the last two yet.
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I never thought of that! Thanks!
My thoughts on freezing jarred sauce is; that's where my homemade sauces reside... If I'm going to thaw sauce, I'll thaw sauce that I have made myself.
I know that I've used jarred sauce that had been in the fridge three weeks opened I figured with the acidity of the tomatoes... what the hey? That and nothing was growing
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