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Emergency anchovy expiration question!

ManhattanLawyer Mar 12, 2009 07:24 PM

I have an opened can of anchovies packed in olive oil (that I then put in tupperware to make sure the entire fridge doesn't smell like anchovy) in my refrigerator. How long can this stay in my fridge before going bad?


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  1. dxs RE: ManhattanLawyer Mar 12, 2009 07:28 PM

    As long as you make sure that they're well packed in oil and in a tightly sealed container, anchovies will keep just fine for several weeks in the fridge. I buy mine in small glass jars and they last for ages - I just add a little oil if needed to keep them covered.

    If you're having trouble finishing them within that time frame - anchovies on toast with a squeeze of lemon make a great snack.

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      coll RE: dxs Mar 12, 2009 07:57 PM

      They last a lot longer than that. I've never had to throw out anchovies in oil.

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        alwayscooking RE: dxs Mar 12, 2009 08:18 PM

        Keep them covered in olive oil and they will last as long as they smell just like anchovies - a very long time.

      2. Sam Fujisaka RE: ManhattanLawyer Mar 13, 2009 06:31 AM

        until 2050.

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          Samalicious RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 13, 2009 07:18 AM


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            ccrow RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 13, 2009 08:35 AM

            lol! Seems as though they would be like Asian fish sauce; maybe it goes bad, but how would you tell?

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            DGresh RE: ManhattanLawyer Mar 13, 2009 06:54 AM

            I buy those little glass jars of anchovies with maybe 30 or so in there. I keep these in the fridge until I use them up. Might be 6 months or so. They *do not go bad"!

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              coll RE: DGresh Mar 13, 2009 11:54 AM

              I wonder if they'll find some in the Pyramids with the Pharoahs, like the 3,000 year old honey.

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