caramel sauce - question
how long would homemade caramel sauce (made with butter and cream) last in the fridge? i'm thinking of giving some jars as christmas gifts this year but am wondering if it will only last as long as the cream's expiration date. any ideas?
I don't generally refrigerate caramel sauce, even homemade, because it will separate and crystalize. I never refrigerated it when I worked as a restaurant pastry chef, and the health inspector had no problem with it. It never lingers more than a couple days anyway :)
I made caramel sauce as a gift last year, and it lasted in the fridge for a long time...our jar was still tasty after 4 weeks, when we finished it, and I think my mother finished hers around the beginning of February. There were no problems with separation or crystalization - held up beautifully.
I have kept mine for 3 months in the refrigerator with no separation and no graininess and it was still fine. Mine is made with no butter, just cream -- Julia Child's recipe -- absolutely wonderful.