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Lemon Tart Feb 1, 2009 06:46 AM

I'm doing the environmentally responsible thing and turning off my second fridge. Question: does Thai fish sauce have to be refridgerated after opening? Would love to hear. Thanks.

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  1. hotoynoodle RE: Lemon Tart Feb 1, 2009 06:48 AM

    good for you and your smaller footprint.

    fish sauce is already fermented, so shelf stable. those types of sauces are ancient in culinary history for exactly that reason.

    1. JoanN RE: Lemon Tart Feb 1, 2009 07:01 AM

      I have two different brands of fish sauce in my apartment right now. The Three Crabs brand label says "Refrigerated [sic] after opening." The Tiparos brand label says "Do not store product under refrigeration. Salt crystals may form in cold conditions." Nonetheless, I think most agree that refrigeration is unnecessary, especially if you use it regularly. I bought the Tiparos brand, which says not to refrigerate, about four months ago in a high-traffic Asian market and the bottle is marked "Best before December 2010." I'd assume from that that most fish sauces would be okay on a pantry shelf for about two years.

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        Lemon Tart RE: Lemon Tart Feb 1, 2009 07:09 AM

        Mine is "Lucky Fish Sauce" and the container doesn't say anything about refridgeration. I think I'll leave it in the pantry. Many thanks for your help, Hotoynoodle and Joan N!

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          aravenel RE: Lemon Tart Feb 2, 2009 06:56 AM

          Don't think any bacteria wants a piece of that action; you're fine. Besides, like others have said, it's already fermented, so it's shelf stable.

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