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Old 01-09-2008, 05:11 PM   #1
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Refrigeration necessary for pickles?

I noticed a "Refrigerate after opening" on the pickle jar. Is that really necessary?

I dislike refrigeration since I do not like eating food cold or have the patient to warm up stuff. Especially for something like a (few) pickles. How long would the pickles last if I do not refrigerate it?

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Not too long. If something says to refrigerate after opening, you'd be safer doing it.
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I noticed a "Refrigerate after opening" on the pickle jar. Is that really necessary?

I dislike refrigeration since I do not like eating food cold or have the patient to warm up stuff. Especially for something like a (few) pickles. How long would the pickles last if I do not refrigerate it?
i hate cold food as well. cold catsup,mustard, pickles and salsa . mayo seems ok cold.

probably not good to keep in cupboard but i do, syrup also goes in cupboard .

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i hate cold food as well. cold catsup,mustard, pickles and salsa . mayo seems ok cold.

probably not good to keep in cupboard but i do, syrup also goes in cupboard .

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Open mustard and salsa will spoil very quickly if not refrigerated after opening.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:32 PM   #5
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Folks, don't be stupid. You are toying with your health here. Just store things in the fridge and zap whatever you are about to use in the microwave for a few seconds to take the chill off before eating.

Taste preference is unimportant when you realize you could die from some nasty bug in your food.
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:43 PM   #6
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I agree with everything Alix said!

Pickles are made in different ways - and have different storage requirements/shelf-life, which relates back to the "type" of pickle.
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:10 AM   #7
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Different pickles need to be treated differently depending on how they are processed. There are some pickles that need to be refrigerated and others that do not. If you go into a deli in NY you may see a barrel of pickles sitting out. Those are fine the way they are. If you buy some in the store though and they say to refrigerate them then that is what you need to do.
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:55 AM   #8
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When I was a kid and growing up. My mom never refrigerated the mustard or ketchup. We never got sick. Not sure if it said to do it back then or not.
I don't like cold pickles either..I nuke them a few seconds in the microwave before eating.
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:43 PM   #9
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How did people back in the days keep their pickles? When I buy or make things, I do not plan to eat it all in a few days.

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which relates back to the "type" of pickle
Cucumbers.

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Different pickles need to be treated differently depending on how they are processed. There are some pickles that need to be refrigerated and others that do not.
I was thinking of making my own pickles. Is it possible to do it without refrigeration during the curing (right word?) process and the ready-to-eat stage? I would like my homemade pickles to last at least 2 weeks before spoiling.

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Folks, don't be stupid. You are toying with your health here. Just store things in the fridge and zap whatever you are about to use in the microwave for a few seconds to take the chill off before eating.

True. But I thought it was just paranoia or that the pickle companies slapped that label there so they do not get sued for silly things. e.g. Burnt my lip while drinking coffee.

Another thing, the acidity of the vinegar should count for something.

Other than taste, there are other personal matters. The refrigerator is shared; I have very limited space. Another thing, I am one of those people that really despise the microwave. Shooting microwaves to heat/cook my food is not my thing. I know it is safe and my opinion on it is (perhaps) irrational, but I fear that thing.
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As stated by others here, refrigeration of pickles depends on processing, mainly acid content. If the jar says refrigerate, then you should refrigerate. The exception to the "refrigerate rule" may be ketchup. Although the bottle says refrigerate, I've read that it really is not necessary due to the high vinegar content (I haven't refrigerated ketchup for years - don't like it cold).

As for home made pickles (harryf), the safest method is traditional canning using a hot water bath. The jars are sealed and safe for curing without refrigeration (for at least a year). After opening, they must be refrigerated like store pickles. I have kept open pickles in the refrigerator for as long as 2 months and they were still good.
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