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Mar 7, 2005 10:47 AM

? keeping pate

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I was gifted with 1lb of pate. How long will this stay fresh? Do I have to eat right away? or, can I eat some now and store the rest? How? tia

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  1. You lucky dog! Give it to your friends!

    Seriously, my chowmom used to keep pate for a long time by storing it in the crock she chilled it in when she made it, sealed on top with a layer of clarified butter. This "airtight" seal kept out the bacteria while it was in the fridge, for as long as a month. I recall she also froze small portions of the stuff and I don't recall any bad result.

    5 Replies
    1. re: yumyum

      thanks, didn't want to pig down a pound at one sitting.

      1. re: pluziam

        I could could make it disappear in two sittings less than 24 hours apart.

        1. re: GooGLeR

          you're absolutely right, I now find that storage won't be an issue. I do appreciate the suggestions though.

      2. re: yumyum

        But from the post, it's clear that Pluz didn't make it. If it is already in a sealed crock, that's one thing. If it is sliced, then you need to either consume it within the next few days or divide it into smaller portions and freeze. It's too late to seal in butter or lard if its been in contact with air after being cooked.

        1. re: Ellen

          The OP doesn't say what sort of pate it is. The only one I have any real experience with is country pate, but that will keep more than a few days if wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. I've never had it last more than a week, but it's fine at that point.

      3. I've had problems with pate going rancid before I could eat it all. Usually in a week or less.

        What I started doing was freezing what I bought. I cut it into 1-2 serving size portions, double-wrapped each one, and froze them. I don't notice any loss of flavour or texture after thawing.