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The Great Vegemite Debate that's dividing the community.

Steady yourself. I’m about to say something controversial.

I keep my Vegemite in the fridge.

And if that admission doesn’t make you think I’ve lost my mind, wait until I tell you what I do with my tomato sauce and pesto.

For a long time I thought this practice was quite normal. But while I’m not completely alone in my choice to keep some condiments in the fridge rather than in my pantry, it seems I’m very much in the minority.

Yay or nay?

But really, are there definitive rules about these things?

It's a habit my mother indoctrinated into me growing up in tropical Queensland. The rational part of my brain knows there is enough salt in a jar of Vegemite to survive through drought, flood and nuclear blast. It will  never go off, no matter how warm the temperature.

Yet I am loathe to change my ways.

It doesn't stop with Vegemite. Everyone seems to have a different opinion on condiments specifically and food stuffs more generally. Even butter. It was nothing, a few decades ago, to keep the butter in the pantry all the time. Call me crazy but I would have thought that, you know, being a dairy product, it would go off and potentially harm you?

So let's do a little social experiment. I'll tell you where I keep the following condiments and breakfast spreads and you can tell me if I'm doing it wrong (or right)

Numero Uno: Vegemite - I say FRIDGE. You say?

Fridge or pantry? (Image via iStock)

Tomato Sauce: I say FRIDGE. You say?

where you you store your vegemite
Tomato, BBQ, Sweet Chilli. All fridge for me. (Image via iStock)
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On the bottle it says I should keep the sauce in the fridge. Conspiracy theorists will tell you this is because Mr Heinz et al wants it to be front and centre every time you look in there, subliminally reminding you of its importance. But I head to the pantry just as often as the fridge, so that theory is out.

Eggs: I say FRIDGE. You say?

store my vegemite
Eggs in the fridge? Yes or No? (Image via iStock)

Honey: I say PANTRY. You say?

Honey. In the pantry or it's no spreadable right?

Jam: I say FRIDGE. You say?

where do you store vegemite
Jam? Fridge or pantry? (Image via iStock)
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Peanut Butter: I say PANTRY. You say?

where do you store vegemite
Peanut butter in the pantry. No question right? (Image via iStock)

Chocolate: I say PANTRY. You say?

where do you store vegemite
Melt in your mouth chocolate is the best kind of chocolate. (Image via iStock)

Of course unless it's an absolute health hazard, the storage of all of these items comes down to personal choice right? Even if that makes you a social pariah like myself, I recommend you keep them wherever it is you feel comfortable. Unless you're keeping your Vegemite in the pantry, then you're just doing it wrong...

Now for our next debate: Over or under?

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