You Shouldn’t Put Ketchup in the Fridge
What? This seems like something that would be a definite thing that you should do. Doesn't everyone put ketchup in the fridge after it's open?
Here is the conundrum:
What the label advises: Refrigerate once open and eat within eight weeks (Heinz Tomato Ketchup). What the experts say: There’s no need to keep ketchup in the fridge. Not only does it contain vinegar, but tomatoes are naturally acidic, and this helps to preserve the product in ambient (room temperature) conditions. Dr Schenker says: ‘Sometimes people keep ketchup in the fridge, simply because they prefer a chilled taste, but otherwise it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.’
So, apparently you don't always have to go with what the instructions on the label tell you to do. Mmm k
Full disclosure- when I was a kid, my parents NEVER put the ketchup OR the mustard in the fridge. It was always in the cupboard. Always was fine, never spoiled or tasted bad. Just warm. And quite honestly, why do you want cold condiments on your burger and/or fries?
There are a whole bunch of other condiments that you are probably doing the "wrong" thing to too. Here's the list.