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How Long Will Homemade Caramel Sauce Keep? Good Recipe Included

TerriL Mar 10, 2006 01:35 PM

I ended up with extra this time, and am wondering how long I can reasonably store it in the refrigerator. By the way, I really like this recipe for quick caramel sauce for ice cream (from Cook's "The Dessert Bible"):

3 T unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
(I add a 1/4 t salt as well)

Bring to rolling boil, stirring to melt sugar. Stir in 2/3 cup heavy cream, return to boil and remove from heat. Cool until thickened and slightly warm, 15-20 minutes. Make ~2 cups

What do you think? Thanks!

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    Candy RE: TerriL Mar 10, 2006 02:23 PM

    That should last a long time refrigerated 2-3 mos anyway.

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      Jess RE: TerriL Mar 10, 2006 02:37 PM

      Sugar is an excellent preservative. It may develop off flavors after a while, so keep it as long as it smells ok. I'd say it will last months.

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        scott123 RE: TerriL Mar 12, 2006 12:42 PM

        Definitely months, possibly years. I'd store it in a glass jar, though.

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          Das Ubergeek RE: TerriL Mar 12, 2006 08:07 PM

          Months, stored in a glass jar (but not necessarily in the refrigerator). Vietnamese home cooks use it all the time and I guarantee you won't find huge Sub-Zero fridges in the typical kitchen in Saigon.

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            smokey RE: TerriL Mar 12, 2006 09:20 PM

            Your query got me thinking about using up some cream I've got in the fridge by making caramel sauce and storing it. So i went to my favorite caramel sauce recipe (in the Best Recipe--slightly different from above, don't remember it off the top of my head) and they specifically state it's good for 2w in the fridge.

            I suppose, as always, YMMV.

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