|Ketchup Taking Up Space in My Refrigerator|
I read an interesting article this week called 6 Surprising Foods You Don't Need to Refrigerate and on the list was ketchup, which I always refrigerate. Always have. In fact, I've never thought twice about doing so. I grew up with cold ketchup on my cooked-from-frozen, crinkle cut french fries, so that's how I've stored it and served it to my own family for over 30 years.
Apparently I've been doing it all wrong, and I'm guessing that the majority of those within the sound of my voice (or the reading of my blog) have been doing it wrong, too.
Here's the science: It's all in the acidity level. Since ketchup is made from naturally acidic vinegar and tomatoes, its pH level falls between 3.5 and 3.9. That's well within the "safe" range when it comes to growing harmful bacteria. If its pH level were 4.5 or higher, the evil bacteria would be able to multiply, in which case an assigned spot for ketchup inside our refrigerators would be necessary in order to keep our respective families healthy and safe. Who knew? I didn't.
Here's the poll: I have a super-sized sense of curiosity, so I decided a poll would help to quench it. Your participation is appreciated, as is your sharing the question with friends (we must work together to set them straight).
Do you refrigerate ketchup at your house?
So that's your food fact for today. Free up that ketchup footprint in the fridge, move the bottle to the cupboard or pantry, and enjoy your next batch of hot, homemade french fries dunked in everyone's favorite room-temperature condiment, just the way God (apparently) intended.
Just don't blame me if you burn your tongue.
P.S. I'd be grateful if you'd share this post and poll with others. The share buttons are just below. I want to know if I'm in the majority I think I'm in. Don't you?