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Old 02-04-2008, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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How many of you put your ketchup in the refrigerator? I notice some brands say "refrigerate after opening" and others do not. I personally HATE cold ketchup, but many in my family insist on putting it in the fridge. It sits on tables in restaurants all the time with no problem.
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Old 02-04-2008, 02:47 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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How many of you put your ketchup in the refrigerator? I notice some brands say "refrigerate after opening" and others do not. I personally HATE cold ketchup, but many in my family insist on putting it in the fridge. It sits on tables in restaurants all the time with no problem.
I do now I live in Texas but in the Uk it was kept in the cupboard
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Old 02-04-2008, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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From the heinz website FAQ's --

"Should ketchup be refrigerated?
Because it is a very acidic product, ketchup does not spoil easily. Once opened, in order to maintain the product's quality more effectively, we do suggest that ketchup (and any other processed food) be refrigerated after opening because refrigeration retards spoilage."


I've always refrigerated it, it seems gross to have an open bottle in the cupboard to me, but it looks like I'm wrong about that. Hard to break old habits though!

Re: restaurants leaving it out

Restaurants go through a bottle of ketchup a whole lot faster than the one in your pantry at home...
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Old 02-04-2008, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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From the heinz website FAQ's --

Re: restaurants leaving it out

Restaurants go through a bottle of ketchup a whole lot faster than the one in your pantry at home...
You're right about that, but putting cold ketchup on hot fries just ruins it for me.
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Old 02-04-2008, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Well if I were you, I'd buy the smaller size bottles and not refrigerate them!

I usually get the ketchup out for a while so it's not totally cold, and I suppose you could try microwaving it briefly in a small dish if you live with people that will just NOT stop refrigerating it.
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Old 02-08-2008, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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How many of you put your ketchup in the refrigerator?....
.....It sits on tables in restaurants all the time with no problem.
Most restaurants put them in the fridge at night & plus, like someone else said, they get used ALOT faster then at home!
I like roomtemp ketchup, too & I have a little squirter that I transfer my ketchup in so that it can sit out. I refill it about once every week! It's cute, too!
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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oh, it HAS to be in the fridge! then instead of spreading it over the fries, you serve it on the side and dip the fries in it. Sometimes you add mustard and mix. In the words of Emeril - "oh yeah baby"!
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Old 08-17-2008, 11:53 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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I keep mustard out for the same reason. So I feel your pain. But mustard is a lot more acidic than ketchup, since it's made with more vinegar. I read the label before deciding to leave the mustard out and it said something like, refrigerate for best flavor. But I go through a bottle quickly enough (less than a month) that that's not a problem.

I think the suggestion of microwaving a small amount in a bowl is a good one, if you don't mind having another dish to wash.
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Old 08-18-2008, 08:37 AM
 
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I keep the ketchup in the fridge, and take it out long enough before the meal so it can come up to room temp. Same with other condiments like mustard, mayo, relish, etc. I have a compulsion about refrigerating everything that is open, even things I have been told don't need to be refrigerated, like honey and molasses, I don't know why. I know a couple of people who don't refridgerate butter! They say it won't go bad, but I just can't wrap my mind around the idea of leaving a dairy product on the counter for days on end.
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Ketchup at room temp--it doesn't have to be refrigerated. All other condiments: mayo, mustard, DO need refrigeration! Margerine (it's not dairy-it's shortening!) can be left out, but not butter--it's a dairy product--keep cold!
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