Does tomato sauce belong in the fridge or in the pantry?

Tomato sauce
It's an ongoing debate that's divided up many households. Source: Getty

It’s enough to to cause a serious rift in families: the right place for the tommy sauce.

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Some say pantry, insisting that the sauce only has the right, runny consistency when stored at room temperature.  Others swear the fridge is the correct place, with a cool sauce an essential topping for pies and hot chips.

Evidence that it’s a divisive topic? One user tweeted that “keeping tomato sauce in the fridge makes it taste so much nicer”, only for another Twitter user to contradict them with a flat-out “nope. Tomato sauce goes in the pantry”.

Popular tomato sauce brand Heinz has weighed in on the debate, with an official statement on its site. 

“Because of its natural acidity, Heinz Ketchup is shelf-stable. However, its stability after opening can be affected by storage conditions. We recommend that this product, like any processed food, be refrigerated after opening. Refrigeration will maintain the best product quality after opening.”

While the label might say refrigeration is best, it’s totally your call to make! 

Where does the tomato sauce live at your house? Or do you scorn it in favour of barbecue sauce or another favourite?