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Quick Oyster Sauce Question

suby Dec 7, 2009 03:45 PM

I rarely cook Chinese food, and have had an unopened (I think, it was completely full) bottle in my fridge for more than a year. I took out a tablespoon for a noodle recipe I want to make tonight. It smells kind of fermented, not fishy and mildly sweet. Is that how it's supposed to smell, or has it gone bad?

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    gordeaux Dec 7, 2009 06:12 PM

    Sounds like it's fine. Doubt it could ever go bad.

    1. monku Dec 7, 2009 06:34 PM

      I've used open bottles that have been in the refrigerator for over a year and no problem.

      If it was never opened and in the refrigerator it's probably fine. Could have a slightly fermented odor from the soy sauce in it because soy sauce is fermented and oyster sauce shouldn't be fishy smelling. I think it's so loaded with salt that's why it can't go bad especially if it's been kept in the refrigerator after opening. Like ketchup...never had a ketchup that's gone bad that's been in the refrigerator.

      1. ipsedixit Dec 8, 2009 06:56 AM

        You're fine.

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