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Jun 18, 2009 03:38 PM

How long does curry paste last?

Bought some of that premaid stuff in a plastic bag/jar (I think Mae Ploy or Aroy-D). Used about half and was curious how long it would last in the fridge. Doesn't seem to have any preservatives, but probably has a lot of salt.

Turned out fabulous by the way. Followed some of the tips on another thread about using the coconut cream on top to simmer with the paste, and added some fish sauce, lime and palm sugar at the end. Great flavor.

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  1. I keep my unused portions for months in the fridge. I've never seen a speck of mold on them. I use them all the time with no ill effects..

    1. 12 years, 243 days, 6 hours, 43 minutes and 23 seconds.

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      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

        That is probably the best answer I have EVER read on Chow! Thanks for the laugh.

        P.S. I am impressed at how precise you are!

        1. re: bookwormchef

          thanks for the reassurance all. I'll be sure not to push it to unlucky 13 years then : )

          In all seriousness, what keeps it preserved? Peppers aren't acidic by nature. Like I said, there's probably a good amount of salt, but is that enough?

          1. re: weegeebee

            Usually lots of salt, the chiles, and possibly ... some preservatives.

        2. re: Sam Fujisaka

          Sam's on the right track - I still use the package I opened over 2 yrs ago, and it's still fine. I'll report back in about 10 yrs to see how it's going ...

        3. As others have said, it'll last for ages. Can't tell you how long as I'll use a jar within a couple of months or so. I keep it in the cupboard, not fridge, without any ill effects.

          1. I think I had a container of the mae ploy paste in the frig for about a year after I initially used it. It was fine.

            1. During nuclear winter, the cockroaches will be able to dine on Thai curry paste. The stuff is damn near indestructible.