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Do you keep opened jams/sauces/condiments in the fridge?
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Old 03-04-2007, 8:07 PM
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Following on from my quest to find room for veg now I have a smaller fridge I am now looking at ways to reduce how many bottles of sauces/ketchups etc we have in there.

So far I have decided that since we rarely have chicken/turkey as a roast dinner except at Xmas, it is pointless keeping cranberry sauce from one year to next, so in future it will be used up just into the New Year.

Only Mr Spendless likes mustard, so why do I keep a huge jar of that in the fridge :confused: . Occassionally we add relishes to sandwiches but it's not a regular thing. Years ago when I used to shop at Morrisons they used to sell tiny jars of different pickles/sauces/mustards etc, do they still? If they do I thought of getting some (like mustard, tomato relish) and storing them in a cupboard and using them when we need them. Know they work out more expensive, but I need the space in the fridge for things we eat more often.

DH says his parents never keep things like ketchup in fridge, but on label it says you need to once opened, do you?

I've also got in there, the following jars all opened, HP sauce (only DH likes this:rolleyes: ), apple sauce, prawn cocktail sauce (def think you'll have to keep these in fridge), mint sauce (don't know about this and label ripped off), 2 jams and a marmalade in fridge. Do I need to keep all this in there?

Some help much needed please.
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Old 03-04-2007, 8:19 PM
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I always keep opened jars of sauces etc in the fridge but I never used to.I find that they keep better-especially jams which I always used to find went either mouldy-yes i did scrape it off anmd use but dont tell my kids lol,or it went runny
An additional bonus which i think is correct that the fridge runs more efficiently when its full so as the week goes on and the fridge becomes emptier ,being full of jars of things means it costs less to run.
also ive never any room in my cupboards

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Old 03-04-2007, 8:21 PM
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I store most opened jars in the fridge - apart from Marmite lol, which is impossible to spread when it's cold!

Realistically, you don't need to store anything that's really vinegary in the fridge, and really sugary jams (over 60% sugar) will be ok in a cupboard as long as you eat them fairly quickly. Keeping stuff like ketchup cool will help it to last longer, although if you get through it quickly then I'm sure it will be fine in a cupboard. I'd imagine that Heinz say you have to just to cover their backs

I personally prefer to store home-made stuff in the fridge though, regarless of what it is, as it doesn't have all of the preservatives of the commercial stuff. I also like to keep jam in the fridge, as it lasts much longer when it's kept cool. Also, from a practical point of view, if I keep all of my opened jars in the fridge door, it means that I know what I've got open and I don't end up with four half opened jars of jam.

Anything creamy - like prawn cocktail sauce, mayonnaise, horseradish sauce etc - does need to stay in the fridge, and will generally have a faily short life once it's opened, probably about 3-6 weeks.

It is a pain having lots of jars in the fridge though. My local Morrisons used to sell the little tiny jars of mustard etc, and you can often find them in delis.

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Old 03-04-2007, 8:25 PM
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I don't keep any sauces like ketchup in the fridge. It's a preserve, it's full of sugar and vinegar - what's going to happen to it if you don't refrigerate it ? It's never occured to me to put mustard in the fridge.

I do, however keep my homemade jams, jellies and chutneys in the fridge, but this is more because if they are in there they aren't cluttering up my cupboards. They don't need refrigerating either.
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nope keep them in cupboard to as youve said its a preserve so it will last,but i do keep all my jams/marmalades in the fridge
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Old 03-04-2007, 8:42 PM
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I keep all open sauces in the fridge, plus jam, marmalade, chutney and pickle. The only open jars of moist stuff I keep in the cupboard are marmite, honey (it sets) and syrup (too sugary for anything dodgy to grow in it). My mum never used to keep any of that stuff in the fridge and we never got ill from it though!
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Old 03-04-2007, 8:58 PM
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Right you've convinced me, the ketchup is coming out at least till we've got a smaller bottle, and so is the HP and the mustard, only DH eats that anyway . The cranberry sauce, relish,and Branston pickle is going to be used up over next week and I'll go and find the tiny jars instead. We currently have 2 jams on the go cos 1 is my fav stuff I can only get in France and the kids don't like it.

What about the mint sauce, can it come out or not :confused:
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Wow this isn't something i had ever thought about before but I think where I keep sauces is largely determined by where my Mum kept them!
Ketchup, HP, chilli sauce, mustard, barbeque and relish all live in a cupboard and marmalade, mint sauce, cranberry sauce, salad dressing, mayo, Branston and salad cream all live in the fridge. I don't think there is any logical reason for this as I have been known to move things from one to the other if I need the space.
I am guilty of rarely reading the label for things like this and just giving them a 'sniff' before use to check for nasties
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Most sauces, ketchup etc used to be fine in the cupboard. However a few years ago there was a big drive to reduce preservatives and artificial additives and many manufacturers did. It was at that point that they started to suggest refrigeration. While I agree that sugar and vinegar are natural preservatatives I personally prefer to keep these in the fridge.
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I keep all sauces in the cupboard only sauces i keep in the fridge are mayo and salad cream
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spendless yes morrisons do still sell small jars of relish/mustard etc. they have one section in the jam/choc spread section and one in the tom sauce/pickle section. they are 25p a jar or 5 for a £1 at the mo. i was only looking at them on sunday.

i keep jam/marmalde in the fridge. if i buy sandwich spread this i keep in there along with mayonaise. but i anal about things like this. i generally put a label on it , when i opened it . so i don't keep it opne longer than the stated time.
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I used to keep ketchup in the cupboard, until i heard about how an open bottle, when it gets warm can 'ferment' and cause a build up in the bottle, and sometimes it explodes - but in the fridge, the low temps stop it doing this. I guess unopened bottles and the sachets are ok, because they wont have the air in them which, i assume, helps the fermenting process!!!

Of course, this might be one of those old wives tales, but i didnt fancy an exploding bottle of ketchup in my cupboard.
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We keep ketchup, mustard, pickle and loads of varieties of brown sauce in the cupboard, and they have always been fine. Would agree though that jams and marmalades do last longer in the fridge, especially when my dad insists on using the buttery knife in the jam!

Also, I know lots of people keep eggs in the fridge but we keep ours on the windowsill and never have any problems. Obviously not once they are cooked though!

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I used to keep ketchup in the cupboard, until i heard about how an open bottle, when it gets warm can 'ferment' and cause a build up in the bottle, and sometimes it explodes - but in the fridge, the low temps stop it doing this.
Do you think it could still explode if it's in a plastic bottle :confused:

jcr16-thanks for that. I'll go and get some. We only stopped shopping at morrisons when we moved to the opposite side of town.
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Old 03-04-2007, 9:48 PM
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If DH loves mustard and you don't want to keep jars of it in the fridge, you can still buy English mustard powder which you mix with water and does exactly the same job as the jars, plus it seems to last forever (I have a tin still going strong and I daren't look at the best before date!)

I keep mayo, salad cream/dressings, tomato puree in the fridge, most other stuff doesn't last long enough to worry about it (and my cupboards are full to bursting).
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[quote=Spendless;4791776]Do you think it could still explode if it's in a plastic bottle :confused:

Think you would be ok there, only heard about bottles - someone couldve been pulling my leg, about the exploading bottles, but as it says on the side refridgerate after opening, i didnt want to take the chance!!!!!

Now eggs i do know about - one of the mums at our school used to work on her sisters chicken farm, and she told me there was no need to keep eggs in the fridge although you can if you want to.
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I keep all open sauces in the fridge, plus jam, marmalade, chutney and pickle. The only open jars of moist stuff I keep in the cupboard are marmite, honey (it sets) and syrup (too sugary for anything dodgy to grow in it). My mum never used to keep any of that stuff in the fridge and we never got ill from it though!

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if it's wet and in a bottle then it goes in the fridge. My mum kept everything in a cupboard, until i left home strangely enough and then she started putting it in the fridge.
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Mayo and salad cream always live in the fridge, but I keep most stuff in the cupboard, but to be honest, my flat is often colder than the fridge (I had to microwave the marmite this morning to make it spreadable! )! Eggs live in a basket on the windowsill too. On the rare occasion I buy pickle I find that it keeps far longer than the "use within six weeks" even out of the fridge - I'm still eating a jar that's 7 months old, kept in the cupboard all along and it's fine.
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I keep my opened jars and bottles of sauces in a cupboard , if i put them in the fridge, I wouldn't have room for anything else! The only thing that goes in the fridge is mayonnaise and that's only because we both like it cold.
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Old 04-04-2007, 8:18 AM
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All in the fridge here.
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