Brennan Haselton, wtop.com
WASHINGTON - It won't be long before barbecue season is in full-swing, and now is the time for the refrigerator to get a spring cleaning.
Ketchup bought in 2008? Toss it. Mayonnaise from last summer? Say, "so long!"
According to Consumer Reports, condiments have different "toss by" dates. Here's a helpful list:
- Ketchup, cocktail or chili sauce: six months;
- Chutney: one to two months;
- Horseradish: three to four months;
- Mustard: 12 months;
- Pickles and olives: two weeks;
- Mayonnaise and salad dressing: Up to two months;
- Barbecue sauce: four months;
- Worcestershire sauce: 12 months;
- Jams and jellies: six months.
To maximize the lifespan of condiments, Consumer Reports says keep the fridge at 37 to 38 degrees.
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