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Does Hot Sauce need refrigeration?

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  • Does Hot Sauce need refrigeration?

    Just wondering if the hot sauce (aka Tabasco) I keep at my desk at work should really be refrigerated? Its not in a bottle, it comes from the lunch room in a 2oz cup with lid. (I know its 2 ounces because it says so right on it)

    Anyway, the sauce rarely lasts more than two days or so. Maybe over the weekend sometimes.

    Just wondering.


    BTW, those orange colored "cheese crackers w/peanut butter" are really great with hot sauce. Got addicted to them.
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  • #2
    Re: Does Hot Sauce need refrigeration?

    Nah. Most food places around here have them on the tables until they're empty. Not too many critters can live in a bottle of Tobasco!
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    • #3
      Re: Does Hot Sauce need refrigeration?

      I store all of my hot sauces behind my stove, have for years, and the worsth that happen is they separate and I have to shake them before using them. Never noticed any kind of taste change in any of them. I even store 'red devil' sauce the same way, and it isn't that hot, mainly a nice spicey flavor.

      Would saltines and hot sauce produce the same flavor? I'm always looking for a new hot sauce snack recipe.

      Are you sure it is going bad or is it just separating? Even pure habenero will separate over time.
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      • #4
        Re: Does Hot Sauce need refrigeration?

        There is enough vinegar in Tobasco to kill off most anything. That goes for most other potions similar to Tobasco.

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        • #5
          Re: Does Hot Sauce need refrigeration?

          I keep my hot sauce in the fridge, but only because I use it in bloody marys. My dad keeps his in the cupboard.

          As for a hot sauce snack, Franks Red Hot Wing Sauce with Bugles Original chips.
          Works with other sauces, but we like it with the wing sauce the best.
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          • #6
            Re: Does Hot Sauce need refrigeration?

            Louisiana Hot sauce does not need refrigeration, Tabasco doesn't either. I keep mine in the fridge though, not sure why. lol

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            • #7
              Re: Does Hot Sauce need refrigeration?

              I used to never refrigerate my tabasco sauce, but then I read somewhere it loses flavor if it's not refrigerated, so I do now. The way I use it, probably wouldn't make a difference with the little bottles, but now my wife gets these big coke bottle sized tabascos from Cosco.

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              • #8
                Re: Does Hot Sauce need refrigeration?

                All vinegar based sauces are preserved (pickled) no refrigeration necessary. I would however suggest you buy yourself a store bought bottle with a secure lid and all for your desk.

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                • #9
                  Re: Does Hot Sauce need refrigeration?

                  Spoilage is not an issue, but taste quality and color are. Some sauces will loose both if not refrigerated.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Does Hot Sauce need refrigeration?

                    Originally posted by ehenry View Post
                    There is enough vinegar in Tobasco to kill off most anything. That goes for most other potions similar to Tobasco.
                    POTIONS Are you SERIOUSLY reducing the sacred hot sauce to a mere potion? But, NO, it doesn't have to be refrigerated, around here it doesn't last long enough to get to fridge.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Does Hot Sauce need refrigeration?

                      Originally posted by lowkee View Post
                      I store all of my hot sauces behind my stove, have for years, and the worsth that happen is they separate and I have to shake them before using them. Never noticed any kind of taste change in any of them. I even store 'red devil' sauce the same way, and it isn't that hot, mainly a nice spicey flavor.

                      Would saltines and hot sauce produce the same flavor? I'm always looking for a new hot sauce snack recipe.

                      Are you sure it is going bad or is it just separating? Even pure habenero will separate over time.
                      Want a good one-
                      2tsp coriander seeds
                      1/2tsp caraway or cummin seeds
                      3-4medium green chilies, finnaly chopped (halepino)
                      4tsp sugar
                      2tsp salt
                      1 piece lemon grass, 3 inches
                      1 piece ginger 3/4 inch peeled and finely choppped
                      3 cloves garlic crushed
                      4 shallots or 1 onion finely chopped
                      hand blender up in a cup
                      what you dont use freeze, take sa needed.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Does Hot Sauce need refrigeration?

                        as long as its not based on mayo for a thickener.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Does Hot Sauce need refrigeration?

                          Originally posted by rbh View Post
                          Want a good one-
                          2tsp coriander seeds
                          1/2tsp caraway or cummin seeds
                          3-4medium green chilies, finnaly chopped (halepino)
                          4tsp sugar
                          2tsp salt
                          1 piece lemon grass, 3 inches
                          1 piece ginger 3/4 inch peeled and finely choppped
                          3 cloves garlic crushed
                          4 shallots or 1 onion finely chopped
                          hand blender up in a cup
                          what you dont use freeze, take sa needed.
                          rob


                          Mmmmm that sounds yummy!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Does Hot Sauce need refrigeration?

                            Originally posted by Mark42 View Post


                            BTW, those orange colored "cheese crackers w/peanut butter" are really great with hot sauce. Got addicted to them.
                            Let me get this right crackers/peanut butter and hot sauce. Humm are you pregnant That's quit the mix of tastes.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Does Hot Sauce need refrigeration?

                              Franks Red Hot Sauce, I put that S*** on Everything.

                              Really I do.

                              Bill

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