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Foods Requiring Refrigeration

How to Safely Store your Foods

I know you are wondering why I'm writing about the types of food that needs to be in the fridge. It has been a big topic on social media, like Twitter and Instagram, that has people debating what needs to be in the refrigerator, and what foods that you can store in your pantry. One of the most significant debates I have seen so far is should you put Ketchup in the fridge after you open it.

The answer to that question is a BIG YES don't believe me, here's Heinz's official stance on the issue:

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, like any processed food, be refrigerated after opening. Refrigeration will maintain the best product quality after opening. I have seen a lot of improper ways that people have been storing their foods. After opening certain items that you once could store in your pantry, they need to be in a fridge once open. Since we are spending so much time at home and our daily excitement has been going to the local market, well let me speak for myself, that is where I have been going to get some peace of mind, trying to retain some healthy life through this world crises.  The average family is spending more time at home, and you are preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So I'm here to show you the correct way to store your food for it to last the shelve life and not spoil because you didn't correctly store your meals at the right temperature.

At All Times

All dairy products




Dry Yeast




Fresh Meat and meat products



Tofu Product


Coffee for optimal Flavor

After Opening

Salad Dressing


Barbecue Sauce


All cooking oils, best refrigerated after opening or store in cool dark pantry

Baby Food and Formula

Canned Food, store in airtight plastic containers




Canned Milk Product

Coconut: canned or shredded

Peanut Butter

Salad Dressing


Maple syrup


Canned Cheese

Storage Guide

Leave Meat, Fish and Poultry in original wrap until use

  • Use Drawers as indicated: One for the Vegetable and one for the meats. Use the latter to store vegetables you want to use soon, as refrigerating will crisp them up

  • Stock the items in orderly fashion, with newer things behind the older ones. If older products are in the front, they will be used first

  • The top shelf is recommended for dairy such as butter eggs, cheese and sour creams. Also cookie dough and biscuit

  • Wash your vegetables and fruits at the time of use, to lessen spoilages. Fruits need less humidity than vegetables and garlic, onions and all squash vegetables need the slightest humidity.

  • Fish, Poultry, and raw meat should be kept in the coldest part of your fridge:

  • Don’t overstock your refrigerator: or else, cool air can’t circulate

  • Maintain the temperature of your fridge at (40F) or below

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