Preservation of grape tomato by isochoric freezing. Academic Article uri icon


  • This study investigated the potential of isochoric freezing to preserve tomatoes. Isochoric freezing is an emerging technology that preserves biological matter at subfreezing temperatures without any ice damage. Isochoric freezing was compared with freezing under isobaric conditions and with preservation techniques used in the food industry: cold storage at 10C and individual quick freezing (IQF). Physicochemical and nutritional properties were evaluated weekly for four weeks. Preservation under isochoric conditions maintained the mass, color, nutrient content (ascorbic acid, lycopene and phenolics) and antioxidant activity of the fresh tomatoes. Also, isochoric preservation led to minimal texture damage. In comparison, mass loss of tomatoes stored at 10C for 3weeks contributed to changes in overall visual quality and firmness as well as significant losses in nutrient content. The greatest mass, texture, and nutrients losses were obtained for tomatoes subjected to IQF and isobaric freezing. The results show that isochoric freezing has the potential to preserve tomatoes while maintaining physicochemical and nutritional properties similar to those of fresh tomatoes which might find application in the commercial preservation of tomatoes.

published proceedings

  • Food Res Int

altmetric score

  • 19

author list (cited authors)

  • Bilbao-Sainz, C., Sinrod, A., Dao, L., Takeoka, G., Williams, T., Wood, D., ... McHugh, T.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Bilbao-Sainz, Cristina||Sinrod, Amanda JG||Dao, Lan||Takeoka, Gary||Williams, Tina||Wood, Delilah||Chiou, Bor-Sen||Bridges, David F||Wu, Vivian CH||Lyu, Chenang||Powell-Palm, Matthew J||Rubinsky, Boris||McHugh, Tara

publication date

  • May 2021