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Jan 29, 2007 11:17 AM

Fish Sauce

I have had a bottle of fish sauce sitting in the fridge for a few months now (approx. 4), it smells pretty much the same. Do you think it is ok to use, or has it gone bad?

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  1. It should be fine. In fact, it's best to not refrigerate fish sauce, as refrigeration will sometimes cause some crystals to form inside (also not something to worry about if it happened to yours)

    1. It's already "gone bad!" :-)

      Fish sauce lasts basically forever.

      4 Replies
      1. re: C. Hamster

        Nay, nay... I just had to throw out some fish sauce (actually, its still glug glugging its way down the drain, inverted in my sink). There was a decidedly un chowish residue accumulated at the line where the sauce met the air and very gunky at the base of the bottle.

        Good thing its cheap!

        1. re: MaspethMaven

          Then it probably was cross contaminated or something. Unless the gunk was crystalized, which is normal.

          I've had open bottles last for years. Not that I don't go through it faster than that, it's just that I forgot about an open one.

          1. re: C. Hamster

            This one was over a year old. Not sure how it could have got cross contaminated, unless someone (not me) literally left the bottle open in the cupboard. It was one of those big 725 ml jars, too...

            1. re: MaspethMaven

              If it were me, I would probably avoid that brand in the future. I also tend to avoid brands that contain preservatives - fermented products are already preserved.

            1. re: Sam Fujisaka


              I have a couple of amphorae of good ol' Roman garum that has been passed down thru the family for more than a few generations. The wax seals on the necks are still intact, and there's still a good sluggish "swish" of a liquid sound when I shake them.

              You want to come by for dinner, and we'll crack one open to see how well they've aged?

              I mean... What's a couple of millenia between aficionados?

              1. re: FoodFuser

                FF, indeed, I'm on! I'll bring some Tokugawa era miso. We can invite few others with equally ancient patis, bagoong, nam pla,...