How long can I keep unopened Franceso Rinaldi pasta sauce in my pantry? 

This depends on the product and the storage conditions. We always recommend using the product before its "Best by Date" printed on the neck of the container. Checking the “Best by Date” helps to ensure that older jars are used first. If the product is not stored properly, the shelf life will be shortened.

We recommend that you store containers in a non-refrigerated, cool, dry place. Do not use the sauce if the safety button on the cap appears to be raised before opening, indicating that the jars vacuum seal has been broken.

What does the “Best by Date” mean? 

The “Best by Date” is the expected shelf life of the sauce. For the best flavor, texture, and overall quality, we recommend using the sauce before this date.

Where can I find the “Best by Date” on the jar? 

The “Best by Date” is printed on the neck of the sauce jar in white or black ink.

Is it safe to consume Francesco Rinaldi sauce past the “Best by Date”? 

Using the product by its “Best by Date” helps to ensure the best quality product and we do not recommend using this product after this date.

Do not use the sauce if the safety button on the cap appears to be raised before opening, indicating that the jar's vacuum seal has been broken.

How long can I keep Francesco Rinaldi sauce after it has been opened? 

This depends upon several factors, including the time the product sits out of refrigeration during food preparation and the temperature of your refrigerator. To ensure best quality, refrigerate the product immediately after opening and use within 5 days.

Can I microwave sauce in the jars? 

Yes, both tomato sauce in plastic jars and alfredo sauce in glass jars are microwavable with the metal cap removed. However, we do not recommend using a microwave as they heat unevenly. We recommend that you pour the sauce into a pan or pot and heat the sauce on the stove.

Please note that care should be taken when heating any product in the microwave based on the variation of temperature.

Can Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauce be frozen for later use? 

Freezing the Francesco Rinaldi product prior to opening is not recommended. Containers should be store in a non-refrigerated, cool, dry place and the product should be used before its "Best by Date" printed on the neck of the container.

Francesco Rinaldi tomato and alfredo sauces can be frozen after opening; however it does compromise the sauce quality a bit. Remove the product from the container and place in a freezer safe container. When ready, defrost the product in the refrigerator – NOT at room temperature. Reheat the product over low heat, stirring frequently. When first placed into the saucepan, the product may appear separated. By stirring over low heat, the sauce will once again become more consistent with its original texture.

Are your containers recyclable? 

Yes, our plastic and glass product containers and metal caps can be recycled.

Why did Francesco Rinaldi change from glass to plastic jars for tomato sauces? 

There are numerous benefits to the consumer and to the retailer with this change. Among the benefits are that the jar is lightweight, benefitting transportation costs and fuel usage. Lighter weight can also be an ergonomic benefit to employees stocking store shelves.

The jar is shatterproof, eliminating the safety risk of glass breakage in stores or in homes. The jar has numerous benefits when it comes to the environment, such as lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions versus its glass counterpart.

The plastic jar is also more manufacturer friendly for employees as it lowers noise level in the manufacturing operation.

Am I getting the same amount of tomato sauce as I did with the glass jar? The plastic jar feels so much lighter. 

Yes, it is the same amount of sauce. The net weight of the jar and its content is the same as its glass counterpart.

Why does the plastic jar look smaller on the store shelf next to glass jars? 

The wall thickness of the plastic jar is less than its glass counterpart. Therefore, the jar is smaller than the glass jar containing the same net weight of sauce.

What material is used to make the plastic jar? 

The plastic jar is made of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET for short. PET is a commonly used, widely accepted polymer in food and beverage packaging.

Does the plastic jar contain BPA? 

No, our plastic packaging is non-BPA.

Does the plastic jar contain phthalates?

No, there are no phthalates in the plastic jar.

Will the plastic jar affect the flavor of the tomato sauce? 

No, the plastic jar is made from material that is neutral when it comes to flavors and odors.

Why are there ridges in the plastic jar?

The ridges in the jar provide rigidity while reducing PET (polyethylene terephthalate) wall thickness, which provides the lightest weight, most sustainable container possible.

Where can I learn more about Francesco Rinaldi’s 100% recyclable jar? 

Please visit our product pages for more information.