Not many are aware that there are many food items that do not need to be refrigerated. It is essential to be aware of what to keep in the refrigerator so as to maintain its quality and improve its shelf life. Here are a few surprising food items that need not be kept in the refrigerator.
1. Jams and Jellies – Jams and jellies do not need refrigeration as these products have a water activity of around 0.80 and their pH is around 3. This means that there isn’t enough moisture to support bacteria.
2. Peanut butter – Peanut Butter has a very low water activity in it which means that it is not much vulnerable for the bacteria to attack. Moreover, if you refrigerate peanut butter it becomes hard like a cement and you have to wait for hours to have it softened.
3. Ketchup – Ketchup is one of the most popular food condiments used by people from across the globe on pizzas, scrambled eggs, French fries and more. Ketchup is made of tomatoes due to which it has highly acidic and has a good pH scale. Moreover, you do not want to serve cold ketchup with ht French fries.
4. Butter – Yes Butter is one of the most surprising food substances that do not need refrigeration. It is mostly fat with a very small amount of protein and not enough to support bacteria. Morever salted butter have a longer shelf life.
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