An Aussie mum has sparked a major online debate after asking the age old question, does jam belong in the fridge or pantry?
Posting in the group Mums Who Organise, the Coffs Harbour mother received an influx of replies with the majority agreeing that yes, the fridge is the best place – just like margarine and chutney.
However, others said it depends on knife habits and whether the jam gets lots of crumbs and butter in it, claiming that could potentially make it go mouldy if left in the pantry.
As for Mandy-Lee’s husband David, his view hasn’t been swayed, telling news.com.au he simply hates having jam in the fridge.
“In a cold climate it makes no sense to me – but in Queensland I understand because it’s hot so you would keep it in the fridge, but I just don’t like my jam cold, that’s all,” he said.
According to the news outlet their friendly debate was settled by instead purchasing two jars of jam and keeping one in the fridge and one in the pantry.
The fridge versus pantry debate is a popular one among families, with Twitter users earlier this year arguing over the right storage place for tomato sauce.
It has been a question thrown around time and time again, with some insisting that the sauce only has the right, runny consistency when stored at room temperature. While others swear the fridge is the correct place, with a cool sauce an essential topping for pies and hot chips.
“Keeping tomato sauce in the fridge makes it taste so much nicer,” one person Tweeted back in January. Only for another Twitter user to contradict them with a flat-out “nope. Tomato sauce goes in the pantry”.
Popular tomato sauce brand Heinz even weighed in on the debate, with an official statement on its site.
“Because of its natural acidity, Heinz Ketchup is shelf-stable. However, its stability after opening can be affected by storage conditions. We recommend that this product, like any processed food, be refrigerated after opening. Refrigeration will maintain the best product quality after opening.”