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    Where do you keep your pickles -- in the refrigerator, right? What if I told you that you don't have to do that? You can keep them in your pantry at room temperature instead.

    Is your mind totally blown, or did you know that all along? This is according to microbiologist Dr. Peter Barratt, who spilled the beans to the Daily Mail on what typically refrigerated foods are perfectly safe stored in the cabinet instead. We were curious and went poking around to find what other foods don't really require refrigeration.

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    Got 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.

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    Remember getting a toy surprise in your box of Cracker Jacks? If you were really lucky, you got a pretty, plastic ring. Well, one little girl made the most amazing discovery. She found a ring in her Goldfish crackers -- a real wedding ring! Or it sure looks that way. Nine-year-old Peyton Postol was snacking on the little fish crackers when she pulled out a silver-colored metal band embedded with small diamonds or white stones and asked her mom, "Is there supposed to be a ring in here?"

    The answer is no, there definitely should not be a ring in your Goldfish crackers. But what a magical find! Peyton must have felt a thrill at this amazing discovery, followed by some confusion, naturally. But when you think about it, finding a ring in your crackers is maybe not such an innocent delight.

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    Ever had one of those weird days when you pick up a delicious dinner from the drive-through and discover a bag of weed got thrown in there as a bonus? No? Well, that's what happened to Carla McFarland one fine day. And before you start thinking that must be the happiest meal ever, you should know that she had two small children in the car with her. McFarland found a plastic baggie of marijuana with her order of fries from a Sonic in Frederick, Maryland.

    She had just passed chicken strips and another order of fries to her children, ages 6 and 8, in the back seat. And the weed was actually inside a container of fries, so she wouldn't have seen it first if she'd happened to pass that one to her kids instead. Can you imagine? Not cool, fast food employee! Not cool.

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    Just how dirty is the produce you're buying? If you're anything like me, this isn't something you think about too often. You grab your favorites, like apples, grapes, and strawberries, and head for the register. Maybe once you get them home, you wash them. Maybe. But the 2014 Dirty Dozen produce list released by the Environmental Working Group might have you changing how you shop and prep the fruits and veggies that make it into your cart and then into your home.

    Their annual list of the dirtiest and the cleanest foods in the produce aisle is here. They got their info from the FDA itself, so you know it's reliable. Some of the items on the list are far from shocking. 

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    Few foods seem as perfect for springtime and the start of baseball season as juicy hot dogs with all the trimmings on top. But you may want to hold off on indulging in the all-American food tradition until you read this. Kraft Foods Group is recalling 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because of a possible mix-up in labeling in which some packages may contain Classic Cheese Dogs.

    The cheese dogs are made with milk -- which could cause an allergic reaction in some people who assume they are about to sink their teeth into a plain hot dog.

    Here are all of the details you'll need to know to stay safe.

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    If your family is anything like mine, you eat a lot of chicken nuggets. Particularly my son because my daughter is somewhat of a vegetarian with the only meat she eats being bacon. Learning about a chicken nugget recall is scary especially since the reason it's being recalled is that plastic has been found inside the chicken and some people have gotten cuts inside their mouths.

    It's all been traced back to a part inside a blending machine at the Tyson production plant. Here are all the details you need to know regarding this chicken nugget recall.

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    This just in -- put down the salsa and the peanut butter and listen up. Parker Farms, a food company whose products are sold at Target, Whole Foods, Costco, and other grocery stores, is issuing a recall of most of its products. The Minnesota-based company made this decision after authorities discovered that sample products in their line were found to contain traces of listeria.

    Are any potentially dangerous foods still sitting on your shelves? Here's what you need to know! 

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    We fish lovers consider ourselves pretty savvy when it comes to knowing what to buy at the store and what to stay away from. Most of us have heard by now that wild caught fish is preferable to the farm-raised variety so we think, great, no problem -- I'll just pay a little more in exchange for peace of mind.

    Uh, not so fast. That's probably exactly what Binh Nguyen was thinking when he picked up a $22.77 package of Kirkland "Fresh Wild Pacific True Cod" at a Costco in South Carolina. And then he discovered the most disgusting thing one could after bringing the fish home: it contained a live, wiggling worm inside of it.

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    A year or so ago, we heard that the five-second rule was bunk. According to science vlogger Michael Stevens, when you drop food on the floor, it becomes instantly contaminated. This is unfortunate news for those of us with kids who drop food on the floor and swipe that stuff back into their little maws faster than we can stop them. And, okay, maybe some of us have been ignoring Stevens' advice and calling the five-second rule for ourselves, too. Well wishful thinkers, we are in luck! Scientists have gone and proven that the five-second rule works after all.

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