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Do you refrigerate ketchup (catsup) or keep it out on the counter?

Bottled ketchup and mustard are always left out at diners. Is this healthy?

by Anonymousreply 53March 15, 2020 2:37 AM

What is a ketchup?

by Anonymousreply 1March 14, 2020 4:14 PM


by Anonymousreply 2March 14, 2020 4:16 PM

The sugar free Ketchup or Catsup is kept in the fridge.

by Anonymousreply 3March 14, 2020 4:16 PM

Preservatives keep them safe.

by Anonymousreply 4March 14, 2020 4:27 PM

Ketchup is vinegar-based and does not need refrigeration, even after a month from being opened.

However, mold can form on the cap (and not very regularly, inside). If you have ever lived in a hot, humid climate, you'll know how quickly things turn when left out.

I put a lot of things in the refrigerator from when I lived in the South. Also keeping food out is just an attraction for bugs and roaches.

So for me, it's in the fridge - along with the mustard and probably 20 other things that don't technically need refrigeration.

by Anonymousreply 5March 14, 2020 4:34 PM

I'm in way over my head.

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by Anonymousreply 6March 14, 2020 4:35 PM

You don't need to ketchup in the fridge.

by Anonymousreply 7March 14, 2020 4:35 PM

R7 You should have sugar in ketchup?? Wut

by Anonymousreply 8March 14, 2020 4:36 PM

Remember when the Carly Simon song Anticipation was used for the ketchup commercial? How much did she make from that?

by Anonymousreply 9March 14, 2020 4:37 PM

People think butter needs to be in the fridge but it does not.

by Anonymousreply 10March 14, 2020 4:37 PM

Look at the label. Catsup should always be refrigerated after opening.

by Anonymousreply 11March 14, 2020 4:39 PM

She's still anticipating her residuals.

by Anonymousreply 12March 14, 2020 4:40 PM

We refrigerate anything that has been opened.

by Anonymousreply 13March 14, 2020 4:41 PM

This thread has the potential to end with switchblades and stabbings.

by Anonymousreply 14March 14, 2020 4:43 PM

You could cut the air with a knife!

by Anonymousreply 15March 14, 2020 4:44 PM

[quote]What is a ketchup? —Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham

I have no idea, Angel Lady Raisin

by Anonymousreply 16March 14, 2020 4:45 PM

I like it better cold, so I refrigerate it.

by Anonymousreply 17March 14, 2020 4:47 PM

In my cupboard...where it belongs!

by Anonymousreply 18March 14, 2020 4:53 PM

Still trying to play ketchup, OP?

by Anonymousreply 19March 14, 2020 5:08 PM

Refrigerate. I use it only maybe once a week (if that), and so there’s no point in having an ugly bottle of it sitting out on my counter taking up space.

by Anonymousreply 20March 14, 2020 5:11 PM

R18 You keep it in your cupboard after it's been opened? For how long?

by Anonymousreply 21March 14, 2020 5:14 PM

I refrigerate both. I like the taste of them cold.

by Anonymousreply 22March 14, 2020 5:47 PM

sugar isn't an all purpose antibacterial. It has to be high levels of sugar. Very high levels (like honey)

Regular maple syrup (the real stuff) , which is full of sugar can grow mold on it if it's not refrigerated

by Anonymousreply 23March 14, 2020 6:00 PM

I just finish the bottle off once I open it

by Anonymousreply 24March 14, 2020 6:02 PM

Until it’s done, r21. In all of my living life I have never had any issues with ketchup going bad...including when I lived with my family. We never refrigerated ketchup...never! Last night I had Five Guys for dinner and I used the ketchup in my cupboard and packets...I love ketchup!

by Anonymousreply 25March 14, 2020 6:06 PM

In a restaurant it's probably not staying out too long, a bottle gets used up in a couple of days.

by Anonymousreply 26March 14, 2020 6:15 PM

Salt isn't actually an antibacterial either but it is used in dry cured meats like salami to reduce the moisture below levels that bacteria can grow. Acid is the main way to preserve food in packaged food. My grandmother never kept mayo in the fridge, commercial mayo has preservatives and acidity to keep it from spoiling. I wouldn't go that far myself though. If someone gets sick with unrefrigerated sandwiches it's not the mayo, it's probably the meat. Don't try it with homemade mayo, if anyone actually makes that.

by Anonymousreply 27March 14, 2020 6:19 PM

R27 Grandma didn't keep mayo in the fridge?? Maybe Miracle Whip or some imitation but real mayo has eggs in it. What a bacteria-laden paradise!

by Anonymousreply 28March 14, 2020 6:24 PM

I never put ketchup in the refrigerator and it has never gone bad.

by Anonymousreply 29March 14, 2020 6:31 PM

R25 you had five guys for dinner??

by Anonymousreply 30March 14, 2020 6:47 PM

I think restaurants refrigerate it overnight and put out while they are open.

by Anonymousreply 31March 14, 2020 6:51 PM

R28 Did you even fucking read what I wrote, what a smucky cunt.

by Anonymousreply 32March 14, 2020 6:59 PM

Do you think restaurants and fast food places keep those little packets in the refrigerator?

by Anonymousreply 33March 14, 2020 7:02 PM

No, r33, they do not. But they're sealed. So they're safe. Bottles of ketchup aren't refrigerated at the store, either.

by Anonymousreply 34March 14, 2020 7:04 PM

Yes, and it's not going to go bad either way.

by Anonymousreply 35March 14, 2020 7:04 PM

How hard is it to put it in a fridge?

by Anonymousreply 36March 14, 2020 7:09 PM

Restaurants refill their ketchup bottles daily so the stuff at the bottom of the bottle is "who knows how old"

I use ketchup so rarely that I store it in the refrigerator, where on earth would I store it otherwise.

My Hunts Ketchup says "For best results refrigerate after opening".

by Anonymousreply 37March 14, 2020 7:12 PM

Why? If it’s not necessary, r36...unless you like cold ketchup. Why is this so hard?

by Anonymousreply 38March 14, 2020 7:12 PM

NEVER in the fridge!

Who wants to put cold sauce on a hot burger and fries?

by Anonymousreply 39March 14, 2020 7:13 PM

I'm pretty sure my dead father was a serial killer.

by Anonymousreply 40March 14, 2020 7:14 PM

If you ate half a cup of Haagen-Daaz ice cream, you'd be consuming fewer grams of sugar than you would eating 5tbsps of ketchup.

by Anonymousreply 41March 14, 2020 7:18 PM

R38 It is necessary since it can get mold

by Anonymousreply 42March 14, 2020 7:20 PM

Again, r42, I have never had that problem with mold, because I actually use ketchup not just as a sauce, but to cook certain dishes.

by Anonymousreply 43March 14, 2020 8:00 PM

I refrigerate mine, but I'm not fanatic about it. When I've had to switch over to a new refrigerator after the old one stopped working, I threw a lot of food away, but not the catsup or mustard. My refrigerator is actually larger than necessary for my needs, so it a;so serves as extra storage space in my tiny kitchen.

by Anonymousreply 44March 14, 2020 8:02 PM


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by Anonymousreply 45March 14, 2020 8:03 PM

Ketchup can be left out for 1 month. This is why restaurants can, and often do, leave them out on the table. If you don't use ketchup often, refrigerate.

Banana ketchup can be left out indefinitely because it contains sodium benzoate, a preservative that used to be in tomato ketchup until Heinz decided on a naturally preserved recipe.

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by Anonymousreply 46March 14, 2020 8:24 PM

R41 : well it's a good thing that one of them is a condiment and not something you would scoop into a bowl.

by Anonymousreply 47March 14, 2020 10:01 PM

Diner ketchup skeeves me out. All the grubby hands that have touched the bottle...

by Anonymousreply 48March 14, 2020 10:31 PM

[quote]Diner ketchup skeeves me out. All the grubby hands that have touched the bottle...

And yet you'll stick a dick in your mouth and eat out an asshole!

by Anonymousreply 49March 15, 2020 1:00 AM

In the fridge.

by Anonymousreply 50March 15, 2020 1:05 AM

I keep mine in the cupboard.

by Anonymousreply 51March 15, 2020 2:28 AM

Ketchup is vile, and is not allowed in my house. I keep my mustard in the fridge, though.

by Anonymousreply 52March 15, 2020 2:30 AM

After opening, mine go into 'fridge ...humm .... no I woner if that's needed..

by Anonymousreply 53March 15, 2020 2:37 AM
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