The Great Debate: Where do you keep your tomato sauce?

Sauce: Do you like it warm and runny or cold and firmer?
Sauce: Do you like it warm and runny or cold and firmer?

Each week we debate the topics that drive you nuts


Belinda Cipriano, Lifestyle Editor

I was horrified last week to find out I was the only one in a group of 10 who puts their sauce in the fridge.
Tomatoes are full of acid and once the bottle is opened it needs to be stored in the fridge, as per the instructions on the label! Failing to do so results in the product, spoiling quicker.
Maybe I’m a stickler for the rules, but last week a Jamie Oliver-trained chef told me she stored her sauce in the fridge, so if it’s right for her it’s good enough for me.


Ken Burrowes, Editorial Director

There are a couple of very simple reasons why the sauce belongs in the pantry: cold sauce on top of hot food = cold food; and cold sauce thickens up, meaning it’s a battle to get it out of the bottle. Now the fridge sauce set will tell you it’s a health issue – fooey! I’ve been dining out on pantry-kept sauce for half a century and I’m a picture of health (well, that may be an exaggeration but let’s just say I’m yet to endure a pantry-kept sauce infliction).

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