Where Should You Keep Open Ketchup? Fridge Or Pantry?

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By Cooking Panda

Where do you keep your ketchup? When I worked in the restaurant industry, we always kept it in dry storage. However, I always keep mine in the refrigerator. Oh, the great debate.

As it turns out, Heinz has finally answered this question for us, but it’s such a boring answer. I expected a more in-your-face right-or-wrong approach, but I guess this one makes everyone happy:

“Because of its natural acidity, Heinz ketchup is shelf-stable. However, its stability after opening can be affected by storage conditions. We recommend that this product be refrigerated after opening. Refrigeration will maintain the best product quality after opening.”

Huffington Post reports that a food safety consultant and microbiologist claimed that the low acidity and low pH keeps the ketchup from spoiling in the pantry, but that every time you open it, air (which carries mold and bacteria, yuck) gets to it and alters the quality.

If you have any more ketchup questions, Heinz probably has them covered. According to its FAQ page, ketchup is gluten free and has a shelf life of 15 months if you don’t open it. The more you know, right?

If you’re interested in learning about what other ketchup brands are saying about how you should store their product (hey, not everyone chooses Heinz every time), here’s what some of them had to say.

Hunt’s: “It’s all a matter of preference. Hunt’s has great tomato taste in the fridge or right off the shelf. It’s truly a matter of choice.”

Annie’s: “When it comes to the question of where the ketchup belongs, ‘the pantry or refrigerator,’ we’re in a bit of a squeeze. When we thought more about it, shook well and turned the whole thing upside down, we decided the best place for Annie’s Organic Ketchup is the fridge…once it’s been opened. For starters, when a new ketchup bottle is opened, it’s typically not used all at once, and we imagine that our simple, certified organic recipe would also want to be in close proximity to its other condiment friends, which typically hang out on the fridge door.”

So there you have it. Don’t make your ketchup sit in the lonely old cupboard. The fridge is where all the action’s at!

Sources: Huffington Post, Heinz / Photo Credit: Frank van den heuvel/Instagram

Tags: Annie's Ketchup, Condiments, heinz, Hunt's, Ketchup
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959 Pounds Of Lunchables Recalled

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By Cooking Panda

I wouldn’t touch the things now, but when I was a kid the highlight of my school day lunches was getting to see which Lunchable my parents had packed for me to eat that day.

Unfortunately, 959 pounds of Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers are being recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The recalled ready-to-eat meat and cheese packaged lunch items have a USE BY date of 25 DEC 2016; the product also contains two known but undeclared allergens: wheat and soy.

Happily enough, even though the problem was discovered on Oct. 6, when a consumer issued a complaint with the firm, no illnesses were associated with the complaint.

The issue was that the recalled Lunchables were incorrectly labeled as Nacho Lunchables, thereby rendering all of the nutrition facts and warning statements on the packages false.

Here is a comparison of the two different products’ nutrition labels:

If you have purchased these Lunchables, the FSIS asks that instead of consuming them, you either throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

If you have any further questions, they ask that you call the manufacturer for Lunchables, Heinz, at 1-800-573-3877.

Source: FSIS / Photo credit: FSIS

Tags: food allergy, fsis, heinz, lunchables, recall
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