Older jar of tamarind concentrate -- can I use it?
Hi. I'm making Pad Thai and am using tamarind concentrate instead of a block of tamarind. I've had this jar for a while. And by a while, I mean a whiiiiiile. It looks fine (no mold), tastes fine to me, although I don't know exactly what it's supposed to taste like. But it doesn't taste spoiled or fermented.
Can I use it?
I often use tamarind concentrate when I cook Indian food, and I can't say I've ever seen a spoiled jar of it. In fact, I've known home cooks in India that won't refrigerate food with tamarind b/c of the tamarind's ability to preserve food. If you want to, you could store the paste in the fridge, but you should be fine storing it in the pantry. Hope this helps.