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How long will my stock last?

halfassedgourmand Jan 11, 2009 10:37 AM

Hello people,

I made rabbit stew and didn't have time to make my own stock for it, but I deceded to make rabbit stock today from the heart, liver kidney and the ribcage I didn't use in the stew yesterday. So, I've fired up the stock, but my question is how long will it last in the fridge after I make it today.

Also any stock making tips are welcome!


  1. Romanmk Jan 11, 2009 10:56 AM

    Reboil stock every three to five days when storing in the refrigerator, and it will last indefinitely. A couple months in the freezer.

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    1. re: Romanmk
      halfassedgourmand Jan 11, 2009 11:00 AM

      Really? Thanks for the tip!

      If I forget to re-boil, or don't reboil at all from the moment I finish it, how long have I got?

      Thanks again!

      1. re: halfassedgourmand
        nosh Jan 11, 2009 12:42 PM

        when you boil it up to preserve it, or store it originally, freeze it into ice-cube size portions. now it will keep frozen, and you don't have to worry about it.

        stock is the best, professional high-octane breeding ground for any type of bacteria or bad stuff. if it isn't really cold or extremely hot, bacteria multiply not just geometrically but exponentially -- they explode. unless you are going to use in a day, ridiculous to put in the fridge. cool down quickly in an ice bath, then freeze in small portions.

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      hlehmann Jan 11, 2009 12:23 PM

      I made demi glace from our Thanksgiving turkey and put it in the fridge. I used bits of it off and on until about a week ago, when it started developing mold spots (I scraped
      them off and put the remaining good part in the freezer). So, for me, it kept just fine if the refrigerator for about 5 weeks.

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      1. re: hlehmann
        nosh Jan 11, 2009 12:44 PM

        Sure, you can do this. And almost all of the time nothing bad will happen. Almost.

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