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Who knew that a mild condiment could be the source of such heated debate? Twitter erupts in a virtual food fight over the correct way to store ketchup.
The correct storage of ketchup recently took over the Internet, so we thought we should have a say. Here at the Canadian Living Test Kitchen, we've got three refrigerators full of every condiment known to humankind—including several open bottles of ketchup. It never occurred to us to store it any other way! Truth be told, our preference is still to enjoy it at room temperature, so the fact that so many people have been storing their open bottles in the cupboard was intriguing.
Turns out there are some very strong opinions out there on the best way to store this pantry staple. We've rounded up some of the best from both sides below.
Our own opinions on ketchup storage were echoed (albeit in a very, very extreme way) by @lukelton:
If you keep ketchup in the pantry you're an animal and there's no room for you in civilized society— luke (@lukelton) February 2, 2017
But @thepezman brought up a very good point as well, since restaurants often do leave their ketchup bottles sitting out all day:
@lukelton Have you ever had cold ketchup at a restaurant? Nope. Belongs in the pantry.— thepezman (@thepezman) February 5, 2017
And @AkaYodz went straight to the source, snapping a screen-cap from the Heinz website itself! Have we been getting it wrong all along?!
Thankfully, @trove_slayyvan reminded us that the labels contradict the website by urging (in all-caps, no less) that we refrigerate after opening.
At this point, even key NFL players felt the need to weigh in on this pressing matter:
To say nothing of this random dad, representing the inner conflict in all of us:
Asked Dad whether he keeps his Ketchup in the fridge or the cupboard and this is his response... 😂 pic.twitter.com/LJJmJlL71F— amy (@amyheppolette) February 2, 2017
See the rest of the Twitter debate in full.
And you, dear readers? Are you #TeamFridge or #TeamCupboard?
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New and improved products from some of your favourite hair brands are hitting shelves this season.
The hair-care aisle is chock full of potions promising miracles, but we're after products that actually work—with the science and research to back them up.
SIZE DOES MATTER
Half of the global population experiences dandruff, but women seem to be slacking. "A far smaller proportion of women [to men] take proper care of their scalp," says Phil Marchant, the principal scientist for Head & Shoulders. "Many women think antidandruff products only fight dandruff or are too harsh." Over the past few years, Head & Shoulders' team of scientists has been working to change this mindset. A combination of zinc pyrithione and zinc carbonate is the brand's dandruff-fighting duo. Product developers swapped the shampoo's former particle size of zinc with micronized zinc (commonly used in facial sunscreens), reducing its size eight times over. "The smaller particle deposits more effectively and efficiently into the harder-to-reach areas on the scalp," says Marchant. This helps banish dandruff while also giving a better lather and allowing shampoo to rinse away more easily.
Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky Shampoo and Conditioner, $6, walmart.ca.
NEW AND IMPROVED
"If it's not broke, don't fix it" was Herbal Essences unofficial motto for more than 45 years. Now, the brand known for unforgettable scents and kooky commercials is introducing a new line that marries the best of nature with science, thanks to a new technology called Bio:renew. The complex includes aloe to heal, sea kelp to nourish, bamboo to strengthen and, at its core, histidine, an amino acid and antioxidant. "When you go outside or colour or wash your hair, you're exposing it to free radicals," says Rachel Zipperian, principal scientist for Herbal Essences. "Once free radicals get into the hair, they try to associate themselves with damage sites. The vulnerable parts get free-radical buildup, which accelerates damage, and you end up with lifeless hair." Zipperian explains that antioxidants track free radicals and "take them out" so they're no longer active. The new collection comes in a range of indulgent scents.
Herbal Essences Bio:renew Shampoo and Conditioner, $10 each, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Clay's purifying properties are well known to skin-care aficionados, and now your hair can benefit from them, too. L'Oréal's latest hair-care release—available in shampoo, conditioner and a preshampoo mask—tackles greasy roots and dry ends with a combo of kaolinite, argilane and montmorillonite clays, helping balance hair from root to tip. Expect fresh, soft strands for up to 72 hours.
L'Oréal Paris Hair Expertise Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Treatment, $8.50, lorealparis.ca.
GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT
Take a walk down the shampoo aisle and you'll spot products that seem—dare we say it?—delicious. Hair-care brands are increasingly turning to fruit, vegetables and other plants for their nutritional benefits. Products containing yucca and goji berry, black sesame and grapefruit, and quinoa husk and honey take the guesswork our of reading ingredients labels and leave your hair with a yummy scent to boot.
Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Haircare, $25, biolage.matrixcanada.ca.
The new hair-brightening spray from L'Anza uses optical refraction technology, which relfects pigments within the inner cortex of the haqir cuticle to intensify hair colour. Color Illuminator doesn't deposit new colour; instead, it magnifies preexisting pigments that are concealed by the hair's cutcle layer. The result: instantly brighter hair in the short term, and long term, strong and healthy hair nourished with UV protectors, which prevent fading.
L'Anza Color Illuminator Hair Brightening Spray, $35, lanza.com.
It's not just skin care that's ditching chemicals in favour of all-natural ingredients. Rocky Mountain Soap Co. has taken this trend to hair care too. The Canadian company's packaging, ingredients and even store design benefit from an attention to environmentally conscious detail. "I see us heading into a societal shift, defined by simplicity and authenticity, where green choices are the new expectation," says co-owner Karina Birch.
Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Vanilla Coconut Shampoo, $24, rockymountainsoap.com.