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Ghee/clarified butter in an unopened jar - How long does it last in the refrigerator?

Full tummy Apr 18, 2009 10:16 AM

I have a jar of ghee and a jar of clarified butter (Plugra) in the fridge. Neither have been opened. How long do you think they will last in that state before needing to be tossed? (Alas, neither has a best before date on it...)

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    rainey RE: Full tummy Apr 18, 2009 01:12 PM

    I say this with absolutely NO authority whatsoever -- simple practical experience -- but I've *never* had ghee go bad. And I it takes me months to finish an open jar.

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      Full tummy RE: rainey Apr 18, 2009 02:16 PM

      I've had this unopened jar in my fridge for over a year now, not more than two. I opened it, at last, today (it was kind of hidden at the back of a shelf...) and tasted it. Tastes o.k. to me... I don't think I'll die...

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        rainey RE: Full tummy Apr 18, 2009 06:53 PM

        It's lovely stuff. You can get the flavor of butter in your sautés without the smoking of whole butter.

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          Full tummy RE: rainey Apr 18, 2009 08:55 PM

          Thanks so much, rainey. Next sauté will be my initiation...

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      hankstramm RE: Full tummy Apr 18, 2009 09:13 PM

      When it has passed, there will be a rancid odor--not necessarily strong, but it's a distinct smell. I make my own and just freeze it in 2-4 tbls containers..Lasts forever that way.

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        Smellchipper RE: Full tummy Apr 18, 2009 09:20 PM

        On the counter maybe 6 months, in the fridge probably forever. There's practically zero water left in ghee so there's nothing really to spoil.

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          hankstramm RE: Smellchipper Apr 19, 2009 07:08 AM

          Any fat will go rancid after a certain amount of time.

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            greygarious RE: hankstramm Apr 19, 2009 08:02 AM

            That's certainly true, but the fact that it's sold in unrefrigerated jars shows that it is very slow to deteriorate. I've been keeping my 10oz jar, bought a year ago, in the freezer. It's my first time buying ghee so I was cautious. It's nearly gone now; in the future I'll get a bigger jar and store in the fridge.

            I'll bet that the average American cook has never heard of ghee, which is their loss - so flavorful, versatile, convenient, and economical!

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          Soup RE: Full tummy Apr 19, 2009 08:10 AM

          I had one in the fridge for over 2 years and it was fine. Used it (did not smell rancid) with no problems.

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            hankstramm RE: Full tummy Apr 19, 2009 05:20 PM

            I make my own ghee, but I do know that there is an expiration on the ghee from New Zealand--the prefered ghee of millions of Fijians. Anyway, it doesn't get a real strong rancid smell like regular butter, but it definitely has an off flavor and smell.

            1. luckyfatima RE: Full tummy Apr 20, 2009 02:05 AM

              I don't refridgerate ghee. I go through a tin about every 6 months or so. I keep it under the kitchen sink. The milk solids which spoil easily are gone from it. It takes a very long time to go bad. Are we supposed to refridgerate ghee?

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                hankstramm RE: luckyfatima Apr 20, 2009 01:06 PM

                I freeze it, so I don't have any issues. I make it myself, so their might be a little water still or a little milk solid left.

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