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Updated on Jul 31, 2019. Posted on Jun 19, 2017

Do You Store Your Sauces And Condiments In The Right Places?

Get ready to pick some fights.

Where do you store these condiments and sauces?

  1. KETCHUP

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    It's better if you refrigerate it.

    Acidity from the salt and tomatoes helps ketchup keep longer, but the final use-by date depends on the brand and quality of the ingredients. Most brands recommend you refrigerate your ketchup to keep it fresh for six to nine months.

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  2. HOT SAUCE

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    Hot sauce usually doesn't need to be refrigerated.

    Hot sauce is full of preservatives like vinegar and salt, so it's tough for bacteria to form very fast in most sauces. According to companies like Tabasco, you should store hot sauce in a cool, dry place and use them before the expiration date on the bottle.

  3. NUTELLA

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    In the cabinet.

    The label says that Nutella should not be refrigerated or microwaved, but it's best when it's kept in a cool, dry place. Oh, and don't eat it after it has expired, obviously.

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  4. SOY SAUCE

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    It keeps better in the refrigerator.

    The lactic acid in the sauce impedes the growth of bacteria, so there's nothing wrong with storing it in a cabinet or pantry (as long as you don't add water to dilute it). But according to the Kikkoman website, keeping it in the refrigerator helps preserve its flavor and quality.

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  5. MAYONNAISE

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    It goes in the refrigerator. Always, always, always!

    The acid from the lemon helps reduce the growth of bacteria, but it still contains eggs and dairy, which means that it MUST BE REFRIGERATED after opening.

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  6. HONEY

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    In the cabinet!

    Honey's natural properties pretty much make it last forever. If you want to keep it from crystallizing, it's reccomended that you store your honey at room temperature, in a sealed container.

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  7. SALSA

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    Straight into the refrigerator after opening.

    Most salsas are made with natural ingredients, so once you open them, they need to be kept in the refrigerator. In fact, it's best to consume salsa within seven days after you open it. And if it starts to change color or smell funky, just throw it out.

  8. WORCESTERSHIRE
    SAUCE

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    It needs to be refrigerated

    You should refrigerate Worcestershire sauce after opening to preserve its flavor. French's claims the flavor will last up to 24 months if stored under the right conditions.

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  9. MUSTARD

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    It's fine at room temperature.

    None of the ingredients in most mustards go bad, so if you don't like it cold, you can store it in the cabinet instead of the refrigerator.

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  10. MAPLE SYRUP

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    According to the Karo syrup website, it doesn't need to be refrigerated. The high sugar content helps preserve it for a long time. In fact, you can pretty much store it in your cabinet forever without worrying about it.

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  11. BBQ SAUCE

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    After opening, it can keep for up to a month at room temperature, but it is recommended that you store it in the refrigerator so it will keep for as long as nine months.

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  12. VINEGAR

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    Given its acidic nature, vinegar lasts a very long time. It may undergo color changes over time, but it'll stay edible essentially forever.

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This post was translated from Spanish.

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