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Bananas that are refrigerated turn black, but that's only the peel. The fruit inside keeps way longer if you leave them on the counter. Easily a week to 10 days depending on how ripe when you put them in the fridge. No loss of flavour or texture.


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I have a couple jars of pepper jelly (cranberry-pepper, pineapple-pepper, etc.) where the jars specifically say not to refrigerate after opening. The vinegar in the jelly will make the sugar crystalize when refrigerated. While it might not be harmful, it's unpleasant to look at and probably unpleasant to eat crystalized jelly. Based on this, I would say ...


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Your typical hot sauce is vinegar based, and loaded with sugar and salt. These are all agents that inhibit foodborne pathogens, so there should be no issue with keeping them at room temperature. Perhaps if it were nothing more than pureed hot peppers, you would need to refrigerate, but not a hot sauce that is essentially pickled. Personally, I do ...


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I mostly agree with GdD's answer, but I'll add a couple more comments. This may be an obvious answer, but I'd generally follow the recommendation on the specific bottle. Some sauces will clearly state "refrigerate after opening," and others won't. The Frank's FAQ linked in the question is an example of these sorts of instructions: two specific products ...


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Most hot sauces are pretty inhospitable to foodborne illnesses, and can safely stay in the cupboard rather than the refrigerator. Nevertheless, the flavors in the sauces will break down over time, storing them in the fridge as opposed to room temperature will slow deterioration and keep the sauces fresher longer. If you use your sauces quickly enough then ...



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