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Woman Opens Up Debate About Whether Classic Aussie Staple Belongs In Pantry or Fridge!

Woman Opens Up Debate About Whether Classic Aussie Staple Belongs In Pantry or Fridge!


Who doesn’t love a healthy debate? Especially when it has to do with one of our favourite Aussie foods – tomato sauce! One woman’s innocent photo online has sparked a massive discussion on where sauce should be kept. Pantry or fridge?

Taking to the popular Facebook group Aldi Mums, the woman shared a photo of her pantry shelf to show off the cute lights she had just installed. Except people were more interested in one particular pantry item over the lights.

“Thanks Aldi, lights in my pantry. They do not have a sensor. They do have a remote or can be used manually. They can also change colour,” she wrote.

Commenters were quick to comment on the ‘atrocity’ they saw before them.“Who keeps tomato sauce in the pantry?”

“Not me, not since I saw a post about someone finding maggots in their sauce. Ever since then it’s fridge for me.”

“All these sauce comments! I keep mine in the pantry, haven’t killed anyone yet lol. Lights look great!” a third person added.

While one person said whoever stores sauce in the pantry is “disgusting”.

“It literally says refrigerate after opening. Plus nothing better than cold sauce and hot chip,” they continued.

“This is awesome but we need to talk! Is the sauce open? If it is plz fridge! And is that soy sauce? Pls fridge! But everything else is awesome,” said another person.

While others were team pantry and said so.

“I keep all my sauces in the pantry — tomato, BBQ, soya sauce, Maggi sauce, Masterfoods American mustard in the dispenser bottle — but not dressings, jars of mustard or chutneys, those I keep in the fridge after they are open,” another commented.

“Oooohhhh look at all the pantry police,” one woman wrote.

“Geez it’s about the lights and people going on about sauce, who cares whether it’s in the pantry or fridge. That’s up to the individual how you want to store.”

Image courtesy of Aldi Mums Facebook

So what’s the answer? Should tomato sauce be stored in the fridge or pantry? According to the experts both places are perfectly safe.

“Once opened, tomato sauce is generally microbially stable due to its low pH, so unless stated on the pack, refrigeration is not required,” University of Otago food microbiologist professor Phil Bremer told Stuff.

“However, refrigeration does no harm and will slow chemical and colour changes that over extended periods of time may alter the sauce’s sensory properties.”

“Sometimes people keep ketchup in the fridge, simply because they prefer a chilled taste, but otherwise it doesn’t need to be refrigerated,” UK dietitian Dr Sarah Schenker told Which?

So, which side of the fence do you sit on?

Images: Facebook and Pixabay

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Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal is a writer and blogger who loves nothing more than watching back to back episodes of crime shows. Should she ever find herself needing to cover up a crime, she'll know exactly what to do! Her dream is to one day live in Palm Springs where she can do her writing poolside while drinking endless gin and tonics. Mum to the cutest twin boys in the world, she loves nothing more than the sound of their laughter (usually heard when they're conspiring against her). Entertainment writer and pop culture junkie, she will be bringing you all the celebrity gossip and news that your brain can handle. You can follow her blog at and on Instagram at Chrystalovevintage

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