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How long does curry paste last?

weegeebee Jun 18, 2009 03:38 PM

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.

  1. King of Northern Blvd Jun 18, 2009 04:43 PM

    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. Sam Fujisaka Jun 18, 2009 04:52 PM

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

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      1. re: Sam Fujisaka
        bookwormchef Jun 18, 2009 06:25 PM

        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
          weegeebee Jun 18, 2009 06:42 PM

          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
            Sam Fujisaka Jun 18, 2009 08:47 PM

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

        2. re: Sam Fujisaka
          morefuuud Jun 18, 2009 10:08 PM

          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 ...

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          Harters Jun 19, 2009 07:52 AM

          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. bgazindad Jun 19, 2009 07:59 AM

            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. Das Ubergeek Jun 19, 2009 08:01 AM

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

              1. Paulustrious Jun 19, 2009 10:30 AM

                In general forever unless they are oil-based in which case they can become rancid over a decade or two. When you change your fridge it's a good time to have a clean-out.

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                  MikeG Jun 19, 2009 03:17 PM

                  They may not go "bad", but chile pastes are not something traditionally made for long storage and the aromatics fade quite quickly IMX (by "quickly" I mean a couple of months, the packaged pastes are pretty monolithic to begin with.) I wonder how many people would still think they were acceptable if they tasted them side by side... Since you haven't had yours for long yet, I imagine it keeps quite a long longer in the freezer.

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