I don’t buy pizza sauce from the store any more and haven’t for some time now.
My reasons for avoiding organic pizza sauce in cans is very clear cut. The BPA issue with cans is a big one. A recent study has demonstrated that exposure to BPA, a known endocrine disrupting chemical, from canned foods may be a whole lot higher than even drinking water from plastic bottles!
My reason for avoiding even organic pizza sauce in glass jars is because that nasty ingredient citric acid seems to be in every single brand of pizza sauce I’ve ever examined!
Citric acid is a hidden source of MSG and I do whatever I can to avoid this dangerous additive for myself and my family. MSG damages the hypothalamus part of the brain stem. The hypothalamus happens to be the Master Controller of the endocrine system. You don’t want anything messing with your hypothalamus as this can cause serious metabolism issues (rats fed MSG get morbidly obese, for example).
From a frugality standpoint, buying pizza sauce doesn’t make sense either. Why pay the premium for pizza sauce when you can make your own in a matter of seconds? Making your own tastes fresher too and is an easy cooking step that your kids can do for you while you are preparing the rest of the family meal.
Here’s the recipe I use to make pizza sauce in a hurry.
Tip: The key to this recipe is excellent quality olive oil. If you are less than satisfied with the taste of yours, check my Resources page for ideas about where to source a light, buttery olive oil for all your homemade sauces and dressings.
One Minute Pizza Sauce
7-8 ounces organic tomato paste
2 TBL extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp organic dried basil
1 tsp organic dried oregano
1 crushed organic garlic clove
2 tsp organic onion powder
1 tsp sea salt
Mix all the ingredients together in a small glass bowl. You are done! How easy is that?
Tip: This is a great cooking lesson for an elementary school age child to attempt. Learning to measure the right amount of ingredients and simple mixing is all that it takes!
Lunchbox Idea: Spread your one minute pizza sauce on sprouted English muffins and melt some mozzarella or provolone cheese on top for a fast and nutritious lunch.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist