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May 19, 2008 09:00 AM

Urgent: Jarred Spaghetti Sauce

Have an open jar of Paul Newman's in my fridge for quite a while now (could be almost two months?). Looks and smells okay but I wonder if there's a shelf life, and what it is. No 800 number on the jar to ask them, so I'm asking experienced Chowhounds instead! Don't want to poison today's guests ---

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  1. You're considering serving old jarred sauce to guests? I suggest you saute some garlic in a little olive oil and throw in a can or two of tomatoes, a handful of parm or romano cheese, a tsp of sugar, s&p and a little fresh basil? It's way too easy to make your own sauce.

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    1. re: lynnlato

      I think jarred sauces are suppose to be used within one week of opening.... I wouldn't eat it, if I were you!

      1. re: lynnlato

        Please don't serve 2 month old opened sauce to guests.

      2. I called one of the jarred sauce manufacturers 800# awhile ago. They told me to keep it no more then a week in the fridge. Toss it.

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        1. re: michele cindy

          Please don't serve it to ANYONE if you think it might be 2 MONTHS old.

        2. I definitely learned the hard way that tomato products can be very dangerous if consumed after being open more than a brief time (days).

          1. The thought that you might serve that to guests is, well, frightening.

            1. go for it! if it's bad it's going to show it's bad- fuzz, smell, etc.. just heat it to past 170 deg and then taste it.

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              1. re: e_bone

                Heating it won't necessarily kill spores and toxins given of by bacteria. They can be very heat-resistant.