A British website called Which? asked the tough questions recently, setting off a Social Media fire.

Who knew people were so invested in which condiments were supposed to be put in the fridge or not?

Which? asked a panel of experts what to put in the cupboard, what to put in the fridge, and which are okay either. Mayonnaise in the fridge, honey just “at room temperature”, and ketchup in the cupboard, for the record.

It was that last one that set the Internet’s collective minds exploding.

“Sometimes people keep ketchup in the fridge, simply because they prefer a chilled taste, but otherwise it doesn’t need to be refrigerated,” Dr. Sarah Schenker, registered dietitian, said in the article.

Further, “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.”

The experts also say that you should eat it within eight weeks. Which I’ve proven on numerous occasions that is not the case.


This is surely a battle that will rage for about three days until something else comes along and distracts us.