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Jan 10, 2007 12:38 AM

How long does fish sauce keep?

I don't use fish sauce often at all, and have had a bottle in the fridge for some time. Any idea how long it keeps? In the fridge? Out of the fridge?

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  1. Because the fish sauce is very salty, it keeps well outside the fridge. My fish sauce is at least 6 months old and it's still ok.

    1. Fish sauce keeps for about a year, even more, outside of the fridge. It should not be refridgerated (I've even bought bottles that warn against it) as it can easily crystalize. Just store it in a cool and dark place. Any cabinet should do.

      1. Depends.

        Depends if you spill it all over the backseat of the car when moving to a new place.....

        Depends if you spill it all over the cabinet where you so smartly stored it on a sheet pan so it wouldn't drip....

        Depends if you actually use it any more than once, along with the dozen other "special" Asian ingredients you bought, when you decide its just easier to go out for dinner....

        Depends if you spill it all over the house when the trash bag leaks as you throw out the rest of the bottle....

        Yes, the mythical bottle of fish sauce and I go back a long way.....


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        1. re: Sethboy

          SETHBOY! I had the backseat fish sauce incident just happen to me. HOW did you get it out???

          1. Like Asia itself ... fish sauce is timeless.