Despite the specific instructions that are written on the back of ketchup bottles, most people still argue on whether it should be kept in the fridge or not.
A recent study comes in hand in this matter. A group of experts teamed up and decided to offer a solution to this problem. According to their studies, there is no need to keep the ketchup bottle in the fridge, because of the acids in it that help to preserve the product.
“There’s no need to keep ketchup in the fridge. Not only does it contain vinegar, but tomatoes are naturally acidic, and this helps to preserve the product in ambient (room temperature) conditions.”
Dr Sarah Schenker, a registered dietician says: “Sometimes people keep ketchup in the fridge, simply because they prefer a chilled taste, but otherwise it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.”
These affirmations don’t mean that ketchup can’t go bad. If kept at a really high temperature, like any other aliment, it can be very dangerous for our help. Before deciding to store something at room temperature, you should first see whether it changes the taste, smell or texture in this condition. Food poisoning is a very serious problem and it shouldn’t be ignored by anyone.