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8 Condiments You Should Throw Out of Your Fridge Right Now (PHOTOS)

condimentsGot any ancient condiments lurking in your refrigerator? I do. Whenever I buy that fancy French mayonnaise, we seem to use all the stuff within a few days. But I also keep a bottle of "guest" ketchup because, while my son and I hate the stuff, most every other kid we ever have over for lunch loves it. I don't know how old our guest ketchup is -- three years? Meanwhile, I know I made that grape jam back in September. There's no mold on it, but is it still good?

Unlike other foods, condiments aren't usually going to give off obvious signs that they need to be thrown out. Many are made to last a long time. But how long do open bottles and jars of them last in the refrigerator? Here are 8 condiments you should throw out of your fridge right now.

condiments like ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise

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PinkB... PinkButterfly66

Maple syrup will go moldy if not refrigerated.   

Jeana... JeanaJaybird

Some of these left me scratching my head since Consumer Reports and Eat by Date have such different opinions .. nonetheless, I am slightly guilty of holding on to some things longer than necessary.. I can't help it I feel bad lol! I bought this giant jar of fancy brand orange marmalade, it was literally top dollar and I don't know what possessed me to have to have it. Needless to say, my family doesn't use the stuff as often as I like and it has been sitting their a good 5 or 6 months or so .. I guess since I'm talking about it I might Google some recipes that call for orange marmalade for dinner tonight, because toast and crackers aren't using it fast enough"

sissy... sissymom501

Ketchup doesnt last long in this house,   as far as soy sauce well its probably not even in the house and butter probably a stick a week for us.     Pickels dont last a week and syrup which is not listed here so im guessing they are not assuming its refridgerated which in this house it isnt neither is bbq sauce, both which last us longer then ketchup.

Liz132 Liz132

You need to refrigerate real maple syrup once opened or it will ferment.

nonmember avatar transplantwest

my REAL maple syrup lists on label, refrigerate after opening.....

Breanne Kennedy-Pearce

These are idiotic especially the olive and pickles that are picked which means if they are refrigerated once opened they will keep much longer then a year because they are preserved with vinegar. So is ketchup, BBQ sauce and mustard. Vinegar is a preserving agent and will keep it from spoiling if you keep oxygen exposure to a minimum and temperatures down to discourage mold growth. Real Maple Syrup needs to be refrigerated though Liz is correct it will ferment without it being refrigerated. 


I reckon this is a ploy to make people buy more. Our condiments haven't made us ill yet, and they've been in the fridge much longer than this "recommended" nonsense.

Elizabeth Getsay

It references maple syrup on the page with honey...

bella... bellacazzate

Real maple syrup will most definitely spoil if not in the fridge. Aunt Jemima and Mrs. Buttersworth, etc, will not. That stuff could survive a nuclear holocaust. 

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