After opening refrigerate

United States
February 7, 2011 11:24pm CST
There's lots of things that say refrigerate after opening and I notice a lot of people don't and they don't get sick. My step-dad opens the frosting container to put on toast and then puts it in the cabinet.He opens Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce,hot sauce, lots of things like that and then puts it in the cabinet when it says to refrigerate after opening. I wonder why they say to refrigerate after opening if it is okay for you to not refrigerate it.
5 responses
@GreenMoo (11842)
10 Feb 11
Sauces and the like will generally contain allot of sugar, salt or vinegar or a combination of all three. This makes them unlikely to go 'off'. I don't have a fridge, so I don't refrigerate anything. I haven't gone down with food poisoning yet, but I'm sure that if I did manufacturers would be able to deny culpability on the grounds that I don't when they told me I should.
• United States
11 Feb 11
Thank you for commenting. That does make a lot of sense why they might put that on there so they aren't responsible if anything goes wrong.
@pastigger (618)
• United States
10 Feb 11
I have never refrigerated the Worcestershire or soy sauce I never even bothered to read the label I guess. I am still hung up on someone putting frosting on toast are you saying like frosting you would put on a cake? If so I have always put that in the fridge but really not sure why. They sell it on the shelf I know there is something about some things when you expose them to air then you put them in the fridge so things don't grow. I some times wonder about the dates on things. I use some things past the date and it seems like if it is in the fridge then it is fine. I know I probably shouldn't but I haven't gotten sick either. Things like mayo, mustard, and salad dressing. Now I am wondering what the reason is for some things.
• United States
11 Feb 11
Thank you for commenting. Yes, the frosting that you put on cake. He likes to have it that way so he can make a quick dessert. I tried it after I seen him doing it and it does taste good. You should try it sometime. We sometimes use things past the date too and nothing seems to happen . Sometimes we don't notice the date and then we read it and get very surprised on how late it is from the deadline.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
8 Feb 11
I don't know why they say that. Maybe it would last longer if it is refrigerated, but it doesn't necessarily go bad without. I have not really thought about it myself. Thanks for bringing this up!
• United States
9 Feb 11
Thank you for commenting. I didn't really think about it much either until I seen some people not refrigerating somethings that say refrigerate after opening and not getting sick and me wondering I wonder why it says that it doesn't seem like something that would need refrigerated. I do know some people that don't refrigerate somethings that you definitely need to refrigerate too and don't get sick because their ammune system has got used to it.
@hlgmdt (301)
• Philippines
8 Feb 11
I think there are some products which can stand room temperature without being spoiled or without breeding bacteria that can harm the body when ingested. I put bottles of soy sauce and similar products just in the shelf. However, products with milk, egg, and coconut milk are supposedly stored in the refrigerator because they easily spoil. For health safety, I suggest following what the labels say because we do not know if the effect of eating improperly stored goods manifests at a later time.
• United States
8 Feb 11
Thank you for commenting. I agree with you.
@my4tunes (64)
• New Zealand
8 Feb 11
I don't bother refrigerating sauces etc after opening either - i'm sure the reason they put preservatives in them is to preserve them! anyway, i think they have to say that so they can't be sued if you happen to get sick because it wasn't refrigerated - and then again, if you notice it getting mouldy then maybe next time you should refrigerate it!
• United States
8 Feb 11
Thank you for commenting. What you are saying makes a lot of sense!