Ending the Great Condiment Debate

Where do you keep your condiments? Refrigerator or shelf?

  • We keep our Ketchup/catsup in the Refrigerator.

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  • We keep our Ketchup/catsup on a shelf.

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  • We keep our Mustard in the Refrigerator.

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  • We keep our Mustard on a shelf.

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  • We keep our Peanut Butter in the Refrigerator.

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  • We keep our Peanut Butter on a shelf.

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  • We keep our Jams, jellies, etc in the Refrigerator.

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  • We keep our Jams, jellies, etc on a shelf.

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  • We keep our Soy Sauce in the Refrigerator.

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  • We keep our Soy Sauce on a shelf.

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  • We keep our Barbeque Sauce in the Refrigerator.

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  • We keep our Barbeque Sauce on a shelf.

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  • We keep our Cocktail sauce in the Refrigerator.

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  • We keep our Cocktail sauce on a shelf.

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  • We keep our Vegetable oil sprays in the Refrigerator.

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  • We keep our Vegetable oil sprays on a shelf.

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  • We keep our Salsa in the Refrigerator.

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  • We keep our Salsa on a shelf.

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  • This Random Ramblings Poll was fun!

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  • I wasted five minutes of chicken time on this Poll.

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  • Total voters
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HallFamilyFarm

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Ending the Great Condiment Debate

http://shine.yahoo.com/event/summerliving/ending-the-great-condiment-debate-2488628/

by Reader's Digest Magazine, on Wed May 25, 2011 6:18am PDT 283

You like to keep your peanut butter in the fridge. Your spouse says it’s fine on the shelf. Who’s right? Actually, you both are, as long as you plan to finish the jar within a few months. Put an end to the “Great Condiment Debate” with this handy list of storage and shelf life tips for your favorite dressings and spreads:

Ketchup Like many condiments, ketchup can be stored either in the refrigerator or on the shelf even after it’s been opened. If you don’t use it regularly, however, opt for the fridge. Unopened ketchup will last at least a year. Once opened, it should be used within a month if stored in the cabinet or within six months if stored in the refrigerator.

Mayonnaise Unopened mayonnaise stored in the pantry should ideally be used by the “Best By” date on the package (but in most cases will still be good for up to four months after that date). Mayo is made from eggs, so it must be refrigerated once it’s been opened. A jar will last up to three months in the refrigerator and should never be left on the counter for more than an hour or two.

Mustard One of the heartier condiments, unopened mustard can still be used after two years on the shelf. Once opened, a jar can be stored for up to two months in the cabinet and a full year in the fridge.

PLUS: Make Your Own Condiments

Peanut butter Unopened jars can be stored in the cabinet for up to nine months. Opened jars are fine for at least a month on the shelf, and considerably longer in the refrigerator.

Jams, jellies, and preserves Unless they’re homemade or the label instructs otherwise, unopened jars can be stored for at least a year on the shelf, though they will last longer and taste better if refrigerated. Once opened, they’ll last another year in the fridge.

Soy sauce When it comes to condiments, soy sauce goes the distance. An unopened bottle will last up to three years on the shelf, while an opened bottle can remain in the fridge for up to two years. (Opened soy sauce can be stored on the shelf for a short time, but it lasts far longer when refrigerated.)

Barbeque sauce BBQ sauce can remain in the cabinet for a year unopened. Once opened, bottles can be stored up to a month on the shelf and up to four months in the refrigerator.

PLUS: 11 Items to Have on Hand for Instant Hors d'Oeuvres

Capers Unopened jars of capers packed in brine can be stored on the shelf for up to three years before opening, and up to a year in the refrigerator after opening.

Cocktail sauce Store unopened cocktail sauce in the pantry for up to a year and a half. Opened jars can remain on the shelf for up to a month, but will last four months or more in the refrigerator. (Note: Never dip seafood directly into the jar or pour sauce that has come in contact with seafood back into the jar.)

Vegetable oil sprays Handy spray cans of most varieties of oil will last up to two years in the pantry.

Salsa Bottled salsa will last up to 18 months on the shelf and up to a month in the refrigerator. If transferred to a freezer bag or air-tight container, it can be frozen for another two months. Fresh salsa should be opened within two weeks or frozen for up to two months. Once opened, eat it or freeze it within a week (ditto for homemade).​
 

A.T. Hagan

Don't Panic
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Once I have opened it everything but the spray cooking oil is kept in the refrigerator. Length of time it takes you to use it up and the temperature of your shelf has everything to do with where it's best to keep it. This time of year during the day when it's 95 degrees outside it may be 84 in my kitchen. Things go bad faster than they would in a cooler location. For stuff that we don't use up very fast it's better to keep it in the refrigerator.
 

mom'sfolly

Crowing
12 Years
Feb 15, 2007
5,023
74
308
Austin area, Texas
When I was growing up, in Alaska, none of those things were refrigerated. Now I live in Texas and most are refrigerated. In the summer, my home in Texas is warmer than my house ever was in Alaska. We didn't even have central heating, just a kitchen stove for heat.
 

Happy Chooks

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Jul 9, 2009
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Unopened goes on shelf, opened in refrigerator. Except oils and soy sauce, those are on a shelf. We buy natural peanut butter, so it has to be in the fridge. If I have Jif, then it stays on the shelf, but I haven't bought Jif in YEARS.
 

arabianequine

Crowing
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Apr 4, 2010
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Soy sauce says to keep refrigerated so you all know. My in laws keep it on the shelf to it drives me crazy.
 

MeatKing

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Sep 13, 2009
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Near Ottawa Ontario Canada
Quote:He Ha were are excat oppissites.. My Natural stays on shelf, but processed stays in fridge. ( Although we seldom have processed, and go through everything very quick) I forgot to look where you live, this may be part of our differnces... Our house is always cold.. Neat to see the diferent ways of keeping things..

I like this survey
 

Happy Chooks

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10 Years
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Quote:He Ha were are excat oppissites.. My Natural stays on shelf, but processed stays in fridge. ( Although we seldom have processed, and go through everything very quick) I forgot to look where you live, this may be part of our differnces... Our house is always cold.. Neat to see the diferent ways of keeping things..

I like this survey


You're in chilly Canada. We're in CA, and it gets hot here in the summer. Funny though.
 

3goodeggs

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That was fun and very informative.
I was just fuming to myself this morning because I have no room in the refrigerator for food , because of all of the condiments. My family lives on mustard. I figured they eat a pound of mustard each every six months. At least they won't have worms.

What do you all do with hot sauces? The boys have replace 2/3 of my cabinet with little containers of fire in bottle. Please tell me I don't have to find room in the fridge.
 

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