Ever wondered whether common condiments should be kept in the fridge or at room temperature? Look no further…




Ketchup is high in vinegar, a natural preservative, so it will keep well in your cupboard. However, some people enjoy the contrast of cold ketchup on hot chips so, if this describes you, you may prefer to keep it in the fridge!


Mustard will survive in the cupboard for up to two months. If it’s going to take you longer to finish the jar, however, move it into the fridge.

Worcestershire sauce

This vinegar-based flavour-boost will live in your cupboard for 3-4 years.


Mayonnaise should always be kept in the fridge and will last for 2-3 months once opened. Homemade mayonnaise will last for up to one week.

Hot sauce

The cupboard is perfectly suitable for most brands of hot sauce, unless specifically stated on the bottle.

Barbecue sauce

Most BBQ sauces will last in the pantry for up to one month. If you don’t use it that often, the fridge will keep it fresh for up to six months.


Honey actually never expires! Keep it in the cupboard rather than the fridge to discourage crystallisation.

Maple syrup

Unlike honey, maple syrup can attract mould, so it’s best to keep it in the fridge. It will last for up to one year.