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cj May 4, 2001 04:47 PM

i've recently discovered these tasty things called anchovies. a regular quick weekday dish for me now is pasta w/ garlic, fresh ground pepper and anchovies (salt if needed).

my question is re: jarred anchovies. once opened, should these be stored in the fridge? in all that oil? never had foodstuffs packed in oil (other than canned tuna) in our kitchen growing up...

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    Bob Brooks May 4, 2001 04:57 PM

    Yes, by all means keep it in the refridgerator.

    There is a classic sin committed by restaurants who put garlic cloves in their olive oil and leave it at room temperature on the dining tables. That is actually a recipe for botulism!

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      ironmom May 4, 2001 08:04 PM

      I worked in a restaurant where the chef didn't refrigerate the anchovy paste. When it got rancid, it went bad really quickly! And ruined everything.

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        cj May 7, 2001 10:56 AM

        w/o being sure, i put it in the fridge...but was wondering if that was the right thing to do, seeing the oil firm up and stuff...glad i did it!

        thanks for the info!
        cj

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