So where should you keep the tomato sauce, peanut butter, mayonnaise, and even some oils? We share the important facts you need to know before you put that sauce bottle back in the wrong place! You might be VERY surprised by what our expert tells us.
We settle the fridge vs pantry debate once and for all!
A recent discussion in The Healthy Mummy Community saw one mum ask where you should store peanut butter? Is it a fridge or cupdboard food?
90% of the mums in our community said they keep it in the cupboard. But is this the best option? Is there actually any nutritional change by keeping them in the fridge? We asked our expert, nutritionist Cheree Sheldon for the facts. You might be surprised by her answer.
What the expert says
Sauces should be kept in the fridge to prevent mould growth
Cheree tells The Healthy Mummy, “Some of the fridge vs cupboard debate is due to good health and safety. Tomato sauce and bbq sauce are classic examples of it, where people store it in the cupboard but it actually states on the bottle to store it in the fridge.
“Once opened it can be exposed to oxygen and microbes, which put mould growth or food poisoning at higher risk. As they are normally in coloured bottles, you can’t see changes in colour of sauce or mould growth, this is quite concerning.”
Peanut butter SHOULD be stored in the fridge
Cheree says as far as nutritional value, with most processed sauces, jams, butter, etc it won’t make much of a difference. “But. It is better to keep nuts, and nut butter in the fridge to keep the oil content from going rancid. If you go through a jar quickly, then the pantry is OK, but infrequent users really should store it in the fridge.”