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Nov 2, 2008 10:24 AM

artichoke hearts, marinated redux

So, I love the gigantic jars of the Costco marinated artichoke hearts. But I hate it when I have to dump the half gallon or so of marinade when I actually finish eating them all. A month or two back, I purchased some packages of Trader Joes frozen artichoke hearts to make Artichoke-Feta dip with and had a thawed package leftover. I didnt want to refreeze and possibly ruin the chokes, so I tossed them into the big 'empty' jar of marinade. A few weeks later I fished a few out and voila, they were nicely infused. In fact they were better than the original chokes as they were crisper, not as soft as the originals. The 'best by date' on the lid is Ocotober 2010, so I figure I have at least until then to reuse the marinade over and over. Any other ideas what I can use the marinade for?

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  1. I've used the marinade as a dressing for potato salad (along with the artichokes).

    1. If the original was in a vacuum sealed jar, then the "best by date" would seem to refer to the shelf life of the sealed jar, not how long the product can be used after opening. Also, even in the case of a long shelf-life after opening, adding other products such as the frozen artichokes might upset the balance and promote spoiling. Your "invention" might be delicious, but I would be cautious about its longevity.

      1. Watch for what they call "vertigus", a bright turquoise blue mold (named from aged copper, same color) on the oil or artichokes. This is supposed to be a mold that is highly toxic. Meanwhile, toss the oil with lemon juice or vinegar on regular salad greens, and enjoy.