Why does cold pizza taste drastically different than hot pizza? Both being delicious.

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Why does cold pizza taste drastically different than hot pizza? Both being delicious.

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1: Smell actually accounts for a lot of what we think of as taste. When food is hot, smells are more mobile and so things smell more strongly, which makes us experience them as tasting stronger as well.

2: Some ingredients of pizza are somewhat temperature dependant. Cheese, for example, is a complicated mix of fats, proteins, and salts. When it’s cold, they’re mixed together in a solid mass but when it is hot, the fat and water melts before the proteins and bring the salt along. So you get an oilier, saltier taste with melted cheese even though it’s the same ingredient.

I’m sure the dehydrating effect in your cold box would also effectively remove moisture, thereby having the same effect as reducing a sauce, or concentrating whatever flavors are there. You do need moisture to let the flavors reach your palette, but as long as it’s not a sheet of cardboard, it’s all good.

But…. cold pizza has the texture of salty, soggy, greasy cardboard. I can’t be the only one that gets repulsed biting into it?