As long as I’ve been alive, there have been certain people that I’ve gone round to their houses and they’ve bought the ketchup out of their fridge and I’ve just been like ‘WTF are you doing? Why you got that in there?’ but they absolutely swear down that you need to keep it in there.
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I’m sure you’ve encountered these people in your life and maybe you even are one yourself. Well I’m here to tell you right now that they’re wrong – and the scientific evidence is there to prove it as well.
Turns out that if you read the label on your ketchup – who would have thought it – they tell you that they only recommend that you keep it in the fridge after opening for the best results. For most people, this doesn’t actually do that much because they use ketchup all the time and the best before date is probably two years after it’s been opened or something.
Lauren Feingold – culinary and nutrition expert and co-founder of SHANTI protein and energy bars, breaks it down for us if you can’t quite get it:
The question that you have to ask yourself is, ‘How frequently do you use ketchup?’
If you love ketchup on your daily eggs and eat a lot of burgers and fries, then you can probably leave it on your kitchen table, much like at a diner.
People that use their ketchup more sparsely may choose to refrigerate to ensure longer shelf life.
So yeah basically, there’s no point in keeping it in the fridge unless you only use it once a month or something. And who honestly is doing that when it comes to ketchup?
Keep it out on your dining table or in the cupboard and save room in the fridge for your milk and cheese or mayonnaise or whatever. That’s a different ball game.
For more of the same, check out ASDA’s official policy on ketchup. Bizarre.