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Un-opened - check the shelf-life listed on the bottle itself. It will have a best-before date. Opened - keep in the fridge - watch for any possible color change.

If you are talking about the ketchup packages from a fast-food-joint - don't keep them more than a year (fridge or on counter). For the ketchup packages, open carefully and squeeze out into a dish. If the color is no longer red but more of a brown - discard.
 

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I have a hard time trusting anything with milk products in it that has sat around for too long. If the ranch is not opened you can trust the expiry date. If you've opened it I'd be a little more suspicious.

I always make a note to never re-buy anything that ends up as a piece in the "food museum" in my fridge. If it takes more than a month or so to eat it I just don't buy it again.
 

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merlotmaker I have kept open bulk jars of ranch dressing for 6 months refridgerated

naekid, I have eaten the brown ketchup before (didn't they warn people about that at Woodstock? ;) )
 

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Hi not really about how long but just a idea of use if your ketchup goes bad or V8 juice is beyond its shelf life it can me used as a cleaner for many things including oxidized Aluminum you seen it when it gets that pimpled corroded look will take it right off just soak it until you like what you see.. well that's my 22 1/2 cents
 

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Mustard, Mayo, BBQ sauce, Hosin Sauce, Thai Satay Sauce, Thai Peanut Sauce, Soy Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, Mango Chutney, HP, Hienz 57, A1, Cocktail Sauce, Tartar Sauce, Salad Dressing... There's lots of stuff.
 

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Ketchup is just not very healthy that's all.
... REALLY?

from the USDA Food Nutrient Database.

Nutrient: Ketchup (100g)
Energy 100 kcal
Water 68.33g
Protein 1.74g
Fats 0.36 g
Carbohydrates 25.78 g
Sodium 1110 mg ( OR 20 mg for the low sodium variety)
Vitamin C 15.1 mg
Lycopene 19.0 mg

Ketchup has been shown to provide significant health benefits but many argue that these benefits are offset by the food's salt and sugar content. Ketchup has been found to be a beneficial source of lycopene, an antioxidant which may help prevent some forms of cancer. This is particularly true of the organic brands of ketchup. In fact, organic brands were found to contain three times as much lycopene as non-organic brands. Ketchup, much like marinara sauce and other cooked tomato foods, yields higher levels of lycopene per serving because cooking makes lycopene in tomatoes more bio-available.

100g = 3.6 oz! that's as much MEAT as in a 1/4 lb burger... do YOU use that much ketchup at one time? :rolleyes:

I'll admit that IS a lot of sodium in regular ketchup (easily rectified)
 

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The only thing bad about ketchup is the high fructose corn syrup they add to it. And that's only bad because they add HFCS to EVERYthing these days. You can buy sugar free, or some organic ketchups are sugar free as well.
 
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