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Do you keep your ketchup in the fridge?

Ketchup debate: To chill or not to chill...

Our fridges are stuffed with food that could also be kept in the cupboard. In the past, people kept butter, eggs and sauces in the larder without getting ill. So why do many of us insist on keeping it all chilled?

Many brands we recognise today, such as Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, HP Sauce and Heinz Tomato Ketchup, were all sold before households had fridges. Their acidity levels, coupled with salt and sugar content, means they were – and still are – microbiologically safe to keep at room temperature.

It was only from 1968 that half of Britons owned a fridge. Nearly 50 years on, we are fridge-obsessed.

A recent poll conducted by Asda found that 53% of Britons prefer to store their ketchup in the refrigerator, while a mere 47% keep it in the cupboard.

What are your views?  Do you keep your ketchup in the fridge? Do you always follow storage guidelines printed on labels? What other condiments do you store in the fridge?  Do you like your ketchup chilled or served at room temperature?

Do you keep your ketchup in the fridge?

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bea747
13th Mar 2017
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I do, but it's only because there's space on the shelf for it and the milk would fall over every time I opened the door otherwise. What else is there to do with an empty shelf?
Yodama
14th Apr 2017
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Sound reasoning bea747, what indeed would you do with an empty shelf ( if such a thing exists), I agree wholeheartedly!
Cactus14
12th Mar 2017
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When we were kids everything was kept in the cupboard, tomato sauce, jam, marmalade etc, etc now all of a sudden everything has to be stored in the fridge. I think it's ridiculous, I don't want cold sauce, cold jam, cold anything. It's like mayonnaise stored in the fridge you can't squeeze it out because it's that bloody cold. It's health and safety again gone mad.
AnneW14
10th Mar 2017
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Once the bottle has been opened it goes into the fridge
bj3656
24th Feb 2017
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Im not sure why you would want cold ketchup on your hot savoury favourites
LilyCat
24th Feb 2017
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I keep mine in the fridge once it is opened. I only have a small food cupboard and my fridge has much more space!
ecarg
18th Feb 2017
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If you read the labels on sauce bottles it will give instructions as to whether it should be stored in the fridge or cupboard they often say use within six weeks of opening so it is necessary to date the bottle when you open it.How many people do that? ,well it depends how good your memory is or how much you feel you need to follow instructions . Personally I can live without tomato or brown sauce.but was required to adhere to the instructions when supporting vunarable adults.Food hygiene practices certainly make you more vigilant at home.fridge and freezer temps.can vary and correct storage inside the fridge to prevent cross contamination is important,As long as the ice=cream remains frozen I'm happy.
jeaniembe
17th Feb 2017
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I keep ketchup in the fridge after opening and my husband keeps his brown sauce in the cupboard.
Chanel55
21st Apr 2017
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That's exactly what we do too! Great minds think alike!
Millan
14th Feb 2017
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I too, have never thought of keeping it in the fridge, however, I am surprised my husband hasn't as he puts jams, marmalade and marmite in there whereas I wouldn't.....or should I?
gr8nutcase
13th Feb 2017
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I have always thought the whole idea of bottled sauces and pickles were actually to preserve products when they were out of season. We never had fridges in the old days that's why we bottled them, so why store these products in the fridge now.
Lionel
13th Feb 2017
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Good point!That's exactly why we bottled and preserved foods - preserving summer goodness into winter -because there we re no fridges.
gerryburne
12th Feb 2017
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Why would you want to squeeze fridge cold sauce onto your sausage and chips? It will have less flavour and chill anything it comes into contact with. So there.
Yodama
12th Feb 2017
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Time for a bacon sarnie, will it be Tomato Ketchup,( chilled and maybe lost a bit of flavour) or HP sauce from the cupboard?
To be honest, I think all products have preservative so I will save space in my fridge for items that need chilling and store the sauces in the cupboard. Worked for me for many years so why the conundrum now?
jeaniembe
17th Feb 2017
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Always store opened jars of stuff in the fridge door to save room in the cupboards. Lol...
Proudpatti
11th Feb 2017
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I think it's up to the individual,I read once it was open it should be kept in a fridge...
Koda
11th Feb 2017
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I've always kept Ketchup in the fridge, in fact I use my fridge as a larder and keep tins and jars of food in it. Saves space in the cupboard
achamore
10th Feb 2017
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It seems somewhat unhygienic to keep any sauce bottles stored in a cupboard where temperatures can vary from day to day. I know tomatoes should be kept at room temperature, but once other ingredients have been added in a sauce then this rule must surely be obsolete. Get the sauce bottle in the fridge; you know it makes sense. x
Tricia Hildyard
10th Feb 2017
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veronica6
10th Feb 2017
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I don't think that ketchup nowadays has as much preservatives in it as it once had . I always keep mine in the fridge once opened
Irene88
10th Feb 2017
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Never put it in fridge, I always understood that this was ok. Never had mouldy ketchup in 50od years of outting it in cupboard. Use my fridge things that need it.
quietlady
10th Feb 2017
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Never thought of keeping it in the fridge. My mother and grandmother kept it in the cupboard, so I just followed what they did.
Stilltrying
10th Feb 2017
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Trickywoo
10th Feb 2017
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I do store mine in the fridge but do prefer to use it at room temp,think it is perfectly safe to store in a cupboard for most of the year,the only items that need to be refrigerated are those mayos,dressings that are creamy or egg based
tapdance6
10th Feb 2017
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I only store it in the fridge as my daughter always does and she told me that's where it should be stored. It's the grandchildren who use this so I just go along with it. (Peace)
4BEARS
10th Feb 2017
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Also, we store maple syrup in fridge after opening as we have found that this can develop some dodgy-looking solids otherwise - also always store in glass, so that you can see that it is all OK.
Unlike honey, it does not go solid or crystallise.
4BEARS
10th Feb 2017
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Do not store ketchup, or other 'bought' savoury sauces which we use fairly regularly. I do store any fruit sauces in the fridge and any home-made chutneys etc (but bring to room temp before serving).
micksue52
10th Feb 2017
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I have never kept my ketchup in the fridge as I find it just fine kept in a cupboard. Sorry if it offends folks that do 🙂
Stevej
10th Feb 2017
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These items were DESIGNED not to require refrigeration!!!
Angie95
10th Feb 2017
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Yes along with Brown Sauce, and Mustard, nearly everything these days need going into a Fridge or eaten with in four weeks
Woojay
10th Feb 2017
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We don't use ketchup but our little visitors do and we have always kept it in cupboard
Lionel
9th Feb 2017
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Ketchup, well, it's not something I would normally eat. Too sweet for me. But we do keep a stock for our grandchildren who demand that stuff at every meal.

Fridge it? Oh no, the fridge has real food in it!
Kezziedog
9th Feb 2017
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Yes I keep it in the fridge ., it recommends that you do !
fanny71
9th Feb 2017
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Hubby and myself do not use ketchup but children and grandchildren do, it's easier to keep it in the fridge out of the way along with the salad cream for the same reason.
Marley444
9th Feb 2017
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I like to eat my ketchup at room temperature ... it loses its flavour if it is chilled - it seems just fine to me kept in the cupboard, where I have always kept if for many, many years!
Wilf
9th Feb 2017
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Thats interesting I have never thought about chilled ketchup but you are right
MrsPat
8th Feb 2017
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My better half loves ketchup on a lot of foods and says when he was a lad used to have white bread with tomato ketchup spread over butties (he is Liverpudlian) as they didn't have enough money for proper fillings. Anyway in those far off days his ketchup was not in the fridge as they didn't have one. Ours is when I remember to put it in there.
Yodama
8th Feb 2017
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Don't eat ketchup!
Wilf
8th Feb 2017
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Its delicious Little Minx with foods like cooked breakfast, Macaroni cheese and cheese on toast.
Yodama
8th Feb 2017
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Maybe time to try some. Experimentation is now in progress, will let you know Wilf if your recommendations will add tingle my taste buds.
I will keep it in the fridge of course. I normally have HP sauce on cheese on toast or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, so Ketchup it will be.
Wilf
9th Feb 2017
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I love HP as well. Fantastic invention and just great with eggs and bacon. Yep I would try ketchup. Apparently its good for us as well!
Yodama
14th Apr 2017
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Ketchup experiment a success Wilf. but as I am obsessed with chillies, I have to sprinkle generously with chillie powder. Nice on chips and cheese on toast.

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