Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) is processed into different products including tomato sauce. The aim of this study was to determine the quality attributes of homemade tomato sauce during storage at 6 and 30°C for 8 weeks. At 4 weeks, there were no significant changes in sensory attributes during storage at both 6 and 30°C. There were significant differences (P˂0.05) of sensory attributes after 6 weeks. Sauce stored at 30°C had higher microbial load than at 6°C. Both sensory mean scores and pH were inversely related to microbial growth. Therefore, the shelf-life of homemade tomato sauce could be increased at low temperature (6°C).
Key words: Homemade tomato sauce, storage temperatures, sensory, attributes.
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