Poll: Do You Refrigerate Ketchup?

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Speaking of ketchup, did you know that America's favorite condiment does not need to be stored in the refrigerator? Here's why.
Ketchup Taking Up Space in My Refrigerator
Speaking of ketchup, and recently we were (right here), did you know that America's favorite condiment does not need to be stored in the 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?

20 comments:

  1. I didn't know this! We've always kept ketchup in the refrigerator. It's kind of funny that there seems no reason for it.

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    1. I'm so relieved that I'm not the only one! So, you gonna move yours out of the refrigerator, Mel? Old habits are hard to break. I haven't moved mine yet.

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  2. You got me on this one. We have always refrigerated our ketchup. Even now as I am reading this aloud to my husband he is shouting, "I don't believe it. I don't believe it." Guess we will still be putting it in the fridge as it doesn't sound like he wants to listen to the scientific facts. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Tell your husband that I'm not quite ready to move mine either, Lorelei. Again, though, you and he have reassured me that I'm not the only one who refrigerates ketchup!

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  3. Something I didn't know, we always keep our ketchup in the refrigerator, now that I've read this it's not refrigerated in the grocery store when you buy it. Who Knew? Free up space in the refrigerator and crowd the shelves.

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    1. I should have inserted "after opening" when reporting on this, just to be clear. I don't refrigerate it until I've opened it, but then I do. Mayonnaise, on the other hand, is safe until opening but then it definitely needs to be in the refrigerator. At least for the future we know how to free up that precious refrigerator space. Thanks, Sam!

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  4. I refrigerate my catsup/ketchup! Years ago, working in a restaurant, I was refilling ketchup bottles on tables and could smell the sour stuff in the bottles! I suppose if it weren't refilled it might stay fresh, but I would rather not take the chance.

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    1. Seems there comes a time that those refilled bottles of ketchup should simply be replaced! Better safe than sorry sounds like a good plan, Ruth. Thanks!

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  5. Well thank you Susan, I think I just found more room in my fridge :) - I had no idea, we've always put it in the fridge

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    1. It really does (did) take up a lot of space in there! Thanks, Barbara!

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  6. I did know this though only learned of it at Christmastime. Apparently, moving it between the fridge and the counter for storage purposes is not great though...not about bacteria but about changing the texture of the ketchup.

    Your post made me wonder if ketchup was a trademarked word like Kleenex but looking at the bottle in your picture implies that it is not.

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    1. Texture. Interesting! I hadn't thought of that, Brenda. I have been thinking that ketchup (yep, small "k," no trademark) always seemed to taste better in restaurants, probably due to the temperature, but the texture would play into that, too. Thanks for pointing that out!

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  7. The only time my catsup (ketchup)ends up in the refrigerator is when I have visiting guests and they help clean up the kitchen after a meal. I've ALWAYS all my life kept the ketchup in the cupboard! :) Guess it's all in the way you learned growing up. What your parents did -- you do!

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    1. I think you've hit the nail on the head, Elf; it's all in what your parents did when you were growing up! In my very non-scientific poll here and on Facebook, the "in the fridge" people have claimed the majority. Glad to have you representing the "in the cupboard" minority! :)

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    2. :) Glad to be able to fill in another slot on the poll.

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  8. I didn't realize till recently that it didn't have to be refrigerated. Anyway I probably have as much room in frig as pantry so I guess I'll keep it there. :)

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    1. Good thinking, Mary Beth. Sounds like a plan!

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  9. Oddly enough, it never even occurred to me that you might "need" to refrigerate ketchup. I thought people just did it because they preferred it cold. I won't eat cold ketchup either. I had no idea it was such a widespread thing to refrigerate ketchup. Now I know when I visit some of my friends here that I better bring my own ketchup :)

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    1. Cynthia, guess at least you should call ahead so we can move ours out of the fridge ahead of time to let it warm up! LOL Glad to have you there, with Wednesday Elf, on the other side of the poll. The numbers are slowly getting closer!

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    2. Mouse, you can come eat anything you like ketchup on at MY house - my bottle is kept in the cupboard -- always has, always will. :-)

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