Well yes I know what the answer to that question is ......on ya food? I'm talking about storing it though. A massive debate has unravelled, it's gone viral and the country is in turmoil. Do we store the tomato sauce in the fridge or the cupboard?
I have purchased the Tesco brand recently but it is Asda who have moved some of their sauce into a chilled unit and left some on the shelf to see what customers prefer.
I personally have stored mine in the fridge for the pure fact that when I read the label on the back it does say 'once opened, keep refrigerated and consume within 6 weeks and by date shown'. Now that kind of gives me the idea it needs to go in the fridge. I know, I am that brainy! (not really but I can read).
The clever people who deal with food say that years ago we did store it in a cupboard as it used to contain more salt therefore the salt would have preserved it adequately to keep it in the cupboard, larder or pantry for weeks. Nowadays we are cutting back on salt and sugar so it contains less of these ingredients but it does contain enough vinegar to act as a preservative to keep it in the cupboard for around two weeks. It will however last longer being refrigerated, up to 8 weeks so there's your answer really. There isn't a right or wrong it just comes down to timing......if you consume absolutely loads of tomato sauce and one of those uber enormous bottles only lasts a week then chuck it in the cupboard. If you're like me who can make it last it needs the fridge.
Sometimes it comes to space in either storage area. It can be evicted like a member in the big brother house and made to go back and live with the cans in the cupboard if the fridge is packed to capacity. Come on we've all moved the sauce out of the fridge at Christmas or barbecue season in the summer. It's the first thing to go.
I'm sure we'll see people go crazy in the aisles as it's bound to upset someone, it's bad enough people are rationed to 3 iceberg lettuce's a week without having the confusion of where to put the ketchup.
Please leave a comment because I would love to know everyone's views and if you are a lardy (keep it in the larder) or a fridgey (in the fridge). But for now I'm happy with being a fridgey.
No rioting and acting irresponsible in the presence of sauce and I'll catch you tomorrow. for 'Free from Friday'......yes more food!!
What to Buy Wednesday
From May 2020 I will be writing a poem about something I may have purchased or would like to purchase.