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KETCHUP: It doesn't technically need to be stored in the refrigerator. But if you go through ketchup fairly slowly, specifically, slower than monthly, you should keep it in the fridge to inhibit bacterial growth. Organic ketchup and varieties made without preservatives should always be kept in the fridge.

CHOCOLATE SYRUP: It's safe to store chocolate syrup in the pantry for two to three years. After it's opened, however, move the chocolate syrup to the refrigerator, where it should remain safe to consume for up to six months.

PURE MAPLE SYRUP: Believe it or not, pure maple syrup (the good stuff) can and will spoil. It has no preservatives in it, so when stored at room temperature, it can develop mold on the surface. For long-term storage, it's best to put it in the refrigerator after it's been opened.

SOY SAUCE: If soy sauce is left out of the refrigerator, it will begin to lose its freshness and its flavor will change. If you don't plan on using the entire bottle of soy sauce within one or two months, it's best to keep it in the refrigerator.

AVOCADOS: Storing your avocados in the refrigerator will keep them from ripening, which can be quite useful. Leave them on the counter until ripe, and if you don't eat them right away, place them in the refrigerator to keep them from over-ripening.

CORN ON THE COB: It will begin to lose its sweetness shortly after it's harvested. To capture as much of the sweet flavor fresh corn is loved for, it's best to store it in the refrigerator to slow the chemical process that destroys the flavor.

NUT FLOURS AND WHOLE WHEAT FLOURS: Whole wheat flour should be stored in the refrigerator after opening, as the wheat germ will spoil and go rancid far faster than other types of flour. Same goes for ground nuts, like almond or cashew flour.

BUTTER: Some people leave butter out of the refrigerator to make it easier to spread. It should keep for one to two weeks at room temperature, so it's best to only leave a small amount out at a time while storing the rest in the refrigerator.

NUTS AND NUT OILS: Likewise, nuts and nut oils that aren't going to be consumed in a few months should be stored in the refrigerator. Nuts can keep for up to four months at room temperature, up to a year in the refrigerator and even longer in the freezer, since they have very little water content.

GRAPES: They should be refrigerated quickly after you get them home, to extend their shelf life.

ALOE VERA: Fresh aloe vera needs to be stored in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. However, most of the store-bought gels do not require refrigeration. Still, it's a good idea to keep all aloe in the fridge, especially in the summer, as chilled aloe feels great on sunburns.


OPENED WINE: It should be recorked and kept in the refrigerator. This will slow the oxidation process down and keep it from turning into vinegar. The wine should stay fresh for about five days.

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