Fridge or Cupboard: Do You Know Which Items Belong Where?

It may seem like an odd question, but when you think about it, how often do you see people putting something in the fridge and wonder why? The truth is some things belong in the fridge and some in the cupboard, but some belong in either place – and it’s often down to personal preference as to where you put them. Let’s look at the items that the great fridge debate has touched on and where they really should go.

Chocolate

If you’ve ever had chocolate with a strange white film on it, the chances are it has been refrigerated Chocolate very firmly belongs in the cupboard category, as refrigerating it leads to what is termed sugar bloom, where the sugar recrystalises.

Butter

This may surprise you, but butter belongs in the cupboard. The cream used in butter is pasteurised, and this repels bacteria and extends shelf life. That being said, if you are keeping butter for longer than a few days, it does need to go in the fridge or it will go rancid, but technically butter is destined for the cupboard!

Eggs

There are many food safety myths that have been bust, but one thing you never should tempt fate with is eggs. It’s not a myth. Eggs need to be in the fridge, as they can carry salmonella, a poison that causes over 100,000 deaths globally on an annual scale.

Ketchup

One of the bigger debates centres on whether ketchup goes in the cupboard or the fridge. The fridge is the winner here, as although ketchup used to contain large amounts of preservatives and salt, these days most brands have done away with heavy preservatives and offer a fresher alternative that’s more vulnerable to decay or bacterial growth. There are many options for solid door refrigeration such as those on offer at https://www.fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk/solid-door-refrigeration, and keeping ketchup in small or even commercial quantities is made easy by these units.

Marmite

You either love it or you hate it, but either way, it needn’t take up space in your fridge. Marmite has a very high salt content, so it’s perfectly safe to keep it in the cupboard. If you do put it in the fridge, it will get very hard and be impossible to spread.