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Where Do You Keep Your Ketchup?

  1. Hawkstryker profile image81
    Hawkstrykerposted 5 years ago

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    I would like to help, if I can, to answer an age old question!  Do you keep your ketchup in the fridge or the cupboard?!  I'm going to be brave and start off the votes with...cupboard!

    1. Shinkicker profile image90
      Shinkickerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Hi there Hawkstryker

      I'll ask the butler LOL

      No! It's the fridge for me

    2. BlissfulWriter profile image86
      BlissfulWriterposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Refrigerator.   Ketchup does not mind the cold.

    3. Bendo13 profile image85
      Bendo13posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I keep it nicely chilled but warm ketchup still works for me too!

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      Brenda Durhamposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      fridge

    5. Marla Rose profile image86
      Marla Roseposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I keep my ketchup in the fridge after it has been opened!  It's only in the cupboard when I first buy it and it has not been opened.

  2. paradigmsearch profile image85
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    A truly evil answer came to my mind, but fortunately the censor kicked in.

    So I'll just say refrigerator.

    smile

  3. cat on a soapbox profile image83
    cat on a soapboxposted 5 years ago

    We keep our ketchup in the fridge because we like it cold. It can be stored either way.  The vinegar content keeps it from spoiling, so it's safe to put in a cupboard or leave it out for a few months.

  4. mistyhorizon2003 profile image89
    mistyhorizon2003posted 5 years ago

    Fridge definitely for us, my Mum would keep hers in the cupboard though, (I can't do this because I know that once bacteria gets to the opened bottle even the vinegar won't protect it, I know this from making chutneys).

  5. mega1 profile image81
    mega1posted 5 years ago

    yep, fridge - you ever notice that brown crust that forms around the lid when you keep it in cupboard?  well, that could very well be botulism.  yuck.  Unless you use it all up in a few days, and even then!

  6. Diane Inside profile image86
    Diane Insideposted 5 years ago

    bottle actually says to refridgerate so fridge for me.

    but my brother hates cold ketchup so he always uses cupboard. Never hurt him so I guess it really doesn't hurt.

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    The Writers Dogposted 5 years ago

    I keep my tomato sauce (Ketchup is an American thing) in the pantry until I open a new bottle. After that, it lives in the fridge.

    1. habee profile image89
      habeeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      What do you call tomato sauce? In other words, how do you differentiate between tomato sauce (cooked pureed tomatoes) and ketchup (tomato sauce with vinegar, sugar, and spices)? I'm being serious - I've always wondered.

      1. Bill Yovino profile image91
        Bill Yovinoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Sorry, Writers Dog, but Ketchup is only called and labelled "Tomato Sauce" in Australia and other former British colonies.  Here's another interesting tidbit - If a recipe calls for browning some Tomato Paste and you don't have any on hand, you can substitute ketchup and no one will be any the wiser.

      2. Sally's Trove profile image100
        Sally's Troveposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Just to add more interest to the nomenclature surrounding this condiment and sauce, in Philadelphia Italian families, the word for tomato sauce is "gravy". lol Can you visualize Southern biscuits and gravy interpreted Philadelphia-style?

        1. Insane Mundane profile image61
          Insane Mundaneposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          That's not accurate by what I've read in the past, unless the Italians have recently changed it, they call it "tomato gravy," which would totally not cause any confusion to those southern "biscuits & gravy" that you spoke about... smile

          1. Insane Mundane profile image61
            Insane Mundaneposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            That is..., unless it is just a Philadelphia thing. In that case, I'd hardly say that it is a global or standard term for tomato sauce, to say the least.  lol

            1. Sally's Trove profile image100
              Sally's Troveposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Ummmm...did I say it was a Philadelphia thing?

              1. Insane Mundane profile image61
                Insane Mundaneposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Uhmmmm...  Exactly! Soooooo, no need to bring up those southern biscuits, eh?  lol

                1. Sally's Trove profile image100
                  Sally's Troveposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  You apparently don't know who Habee is and what she writes about. Tsk, tsk.

                  1. Insane Mundane profile image61
                    Insane Mundaneposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    The last time I checked, I was talking to Sally's Trove, not Habee. ...So, dear, you make no sense in your reply, whatsoever.  If, for whatever reason,  y'all parallel in existence and co-exist within the same entity, please inform me, as I'll read the posts cross-eyed, next time! LOL!

      3. Kangaroo_Jase profile image82
        Kangaroo_Jaseposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        We've only started in the last decade to get brands offering tomato ketchup here in Australia Habee, tomato sauce is the best and highest volume selling product much, much more so than ketchup.

  8. LoriSoard profile image79
    LoriSoardposted 5 years ago

    Once opened, it goes in the fridge. Wouldn't it spoil if left out too long? I'd be scared to try it.

  9. RedElf profile image85
    RedElfposted 5 years ago

    New, unopened - cupboard (wish I had a pantry) smile
    Opened - in fridge, as it says on the label

  10. Hawkstryker profile image81
    Hawkstrykerposted 5 years ago

    Well this seems pretty one sided at the moment! Where are all the cupboard storers?

    Sorry, 'The Writers Dog', but ketchup is a British thing if anything, after they  discovered it when exploring. The word ketchup evolved to English from the Malaysian word KÄ•chap.

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      The Writers Dogposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you, Hawkstryker. The things you learn on HP! smile
      I have tried ketchup. It is more tangy than our (Australian) tomato sauce.

      1. Hawkstryker profile image81
        Hawkstrykerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I didn't know myself until you said it was American.  I had to check though :-P
        Now we all know :-)

  11. Stump Parrish profile image61
    Stump Parrishposted 5 years ago

    If you dine in a restaurant that is open 24 hours a day, you are using ketchup and mustard that are never refrigerated, These bottles are left on the tables and re-filled as needed.

  12. Paraglider profile image89
    Paragliderposted 5 years ago

    In the cellar, racked horizontally, constant temperature 58F, 39% humidity, strictly no vibration, and of course, no sunlight.
    Before serving, select the oldest bottle, dust it thoroughly with a Reticulated Moleskin Wipe and stand it upright on the dining room sideboard for 12 hours, to stabilise at room temperature. Carefully remove the cap and neck label without shaking the bottle. After one hour, transfer it to a Webbs crystal decanter (Waterford or Edinburgh are also acceptable) and position it in pride of place on a Nottingham lace doily at the centre of the dining table.
    How else?

    1. Hawkstryker profile image81
      Hawkstrykerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Haha, sounds pretty standard!

  13. habee profile image89
    habeeposted 5 years ago

    I don't like cold ketchup, so ours stays in the cupboard. We've been keeping it there (not the same bottle - lol) for decades, and it's never spoiled or made us sick.

  14. LeanMan profile image82
    LeanManposted 5 years ago

    It starts in the fridge but generally within a day or two it is stored in the kids!

  15. mljdgulley354 profile image61
    mljdgulley354posted 5 years ago

    After working in a restaurant where the ketchup was never refrigerated, I prefer to refrigerate it after it is opened. It is stored in a cupboard before opening.

    Habee I use tomato sauce in recipes but for a condiment I like ketchup.

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    Emily Sparksposted 5 years ago

    I've always kept mine in the fridge......

  17. Kris Heeter profile image85
    Kris Heeterposted 5 years ago

    We keep ours in the 'fridge.  I've had rancid ketchup before in a restaurant - yuck!

  18. Pcunix profile image88
    Pcunixposted 5 years ago

    If we have any, it's in the fridge, but we may not as we hardly ever eat anything you'd put it in.

    Mustard, definitely and it is in the fridge.

  19. bruzzbuzz profile image59
    bruzzbuzzposted 5 years ago

    That's funny. I always thought ketchup was supposed to be stored in the refrigerator after opening. Maybe I thought that because most of the other condiments say to refrigerate after opening them. Live and learn.

    1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image89
      mistyhorizon2003posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      It does say 'refrigerate after opening' on our bottles of Heinz Tomato Ketchup.

  20. couturepopcafe profile image60
    couturepopcafeposted 5 years ago

    Isn't ketchup a tomato product? Might need to be refrigerated but it should really be kept on the supermarket shelf where it belongs. Too much added sugar.

    You can make your own ketchup using tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, seasoning to taste and a bit of horseradish paste.

  21. Insane Mundane profile image61
    Insane Mundaneposted 5 years ago

    I think the main question is: Do you like your Ketchup cold or at room temperature? I like it cold, so in the fridge it goes...

  22. georgethegent profile image61
    georgethegentposted 5 years ago

    Hey Hawkstryker, I would love to keep mine in the cupboard but unfortunately it usually gets into my stomach too quickly.

  23. Don Simkovich profile image58
    Don Simkovichposted 5 years ago

    Our ketchup is in the fridge once it's opened! I think we've even finished a bottle on occasion.

  24. Kangaroo_Jase profile image82
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 5 years ago

    Ketchup is not common in Australia. Yet its so close to Tomato sauce, which IS common is Australia.

    I use BBQ sauce and have all my life, keep it in the fridge after its initial opening of the bottle, unopened, in the pantry in the kitchen.

  25. hayleyr55 profile image60
    hayleyr55posted 5 years ago

    fridge

  26. barryrutherford profile image30
    barryrutherfordposted 5 years ago

    Prefer room temperature Tomato Ketchup. Wise to give it a quick smell and taste test

  27. AEvans profile image71
    AEvansposted 5 years ago

    In the refrigerator after it is opened.

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      HubTubposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      On the store shelf; I don't do ketchup.  I guess that would be room temperature for me.  wink

 
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