Fridge vs. Pantry - What Goes Where?
Rachael's always been a do-it-her-way kind of gal and where she stores stuff in her kitchen is no exception. While some "experts" might disagree with her methods for storing food, this is the way Rachael does it at her house. As with most home cooks, she keeps it where she keeps it so you should feel free to do the same. Whatever works for you!
The experts say if it's commercial (the really refined, brand-name stuff), it doesn't need to be refrigerated. An open jar lasts six months, an unopened jar lasts one year.
Rach keeps hers in the fridge anyway. She thinks it doesn't separate as quickly if it's refrigerated.
All-natural peanut butters should always be kept in the fridge, say the experts. Rach doesn't have an opinion on those. She likes the sugary stuff!
Experts say it should be refrigerated after opening. Unopened lasts 1 year in the pantry and frozen lasts indefinitely.
Rach has never frozen hers ("Why would you need to keep maple syrup indefinitely?") but she does keep hers in the fridge.
Experts say ketchup doesn't need to be stored in the fridge. When it starts to taste a little bit off, the tomatoes have fermented and you should toss it.
Rach keeps hers in the fridge. She finds it keeps its color and taste longer.
Experts say mustard doesn't have to be refrigerated after it's been opened.
Rach keeps hers in the fridge. Like with the peanut butter, it's a separation thing. If you keep it in the pantry, it tends to separate.
The experts say to keep honey in the pantry because putting it in the fridge speeds up the granulation process, which is a bad thing. Get more life out of your honey by keeping it in the pantry.
Rach agrees with the experts here, and keeps hers in the pantry.
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