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phoebek Aug 29, 2006 06:48 PM

How long will canned chipotles keep in the refrigerator? I usually only need a couple at a time. . .

  1. erica Aug 29, 2006 06:59 PM

    I have had mine in there for years..I transfer them into a glass jar.

    1. missclaudy Aug 29, 2006 06:59 PM

      Freeze them seperately in an ice cube tray, then take them out and throw them into a plastic freezer bag, put back in freezer, they will last until 2099 at least or maybe even 3099.

      1. thenurse Aug 29, 2006 07:18 PM

        I freeze mine then chip away at it with a sharp knife. Same with tomato paste.

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          Akatonbo Aug 29, 2006 09:21 PM

          They last a long time even if you don't transfer them to a jar. Often I just cover the can - they may dry out, but can still be used.

          I keep tomato paste by adding olive oil to the top of the can before covering it and freezing it - that way no air gets in. You could do the same with the chipotle can before you freeze it.

          1. Katie Nell Aug 29, 2006 09:24 PM

            Here's a recent post with lots of thoughts on canned chipotles... http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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              Norm Man Aug 30, 2006 07:11 AM

              As others have said, canned chipotles last a long time --- it's the vinegar in the adobo sauce that preserves it.

              I puree a can of Chipotles in the food processor and keep it in a jar in my fridge. A spoonful of chipotle puree improves many things.

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                phoebek Aug 30, 2006 03:11 PM

                Thanks to everyone who responded - I'm thrilled to know that the leftovers from my most recent purchase are still usable!

                1. prunefeet Aug 30, 2006 04:23 PM

                  I freeze them individually, in other words lay out each pepper with a little adobo sauce on a plate or something, freeze and put into ziplocs. With tomato paste I freeze it by Tablespoons, so I know how much I have without defrosting. In both cases, put it on wax paper before freezing, or it will freeze to the plate you are freezing it on.

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