The age-old debate about storing ketchup in the fridge or pantry is finally being settled as Heinz, the popular ketchup brand, sets the record straight — ketchup must be stored in the fridge.
After asking its consumers what they do on Twitter, 61% responded that they keep their ketchup in the fridge, while 38.7% said that kept it in the pantry.
But the company responded, “FYI: Ketchup. goes. in. the. fridge!!!”
Adding, “Because of its natural acidity, Heinz Ketchup is shelf-stable, but refridgerate after opening to maintain product quality. “
Despite Heinz’ stance, the United States Department of Agriculture says shelf-stable foods like ketchup do not require refrigeration. However, doing so “may decrease in freshness and quality (texture and color) if eaten months or years past the expiration date.”
USDA guidance on refrigerated condiments:
- Ketchup, cocktail or chili sauce: 6 months
- Chutney: 1 to 2 months
- Horseradish: 3 to 4 months
- Mustard: 12 months
- Olives: 2 weeks
- Pickles: 1-3 months