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Dec 15, 2010 01:11 PM

How far in advance can I make homemade Thai curry pastes?

Hi there,
I plan to make 2 types of homemade thai pastes-a green curry paste and Geng Guti paste. How far in advance can I make them before using? Thanks for your help!

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  1. At least a few days, but I'm not certain -- we make a lot and freeze it in ice cube trays, pop them out when frozen, then just keep them in freezer until used. Much, much better than the canned stuff.

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    1. re: Spot

      I do the same and put frozen cubes in ziplock bags. I also am trying to see how the completed sauce freezes. I finished off using broth , coconut milk , fish sauce and a few other aromatics with the paste, strained and froze in glass jars. Havent tried yet , but this might be a real time saver if it doesnt lose much flavor.
      To answer OP's question, I suggest you put a thin layer of oil on top of paste and refridgerate in tight container .

      1. Concur with the above. They freeze brilliantly, and depending on what's in them, should last for a couple of weeks in the fridge, especially if covered with a layer of oil and tightly covered.

        1. Commercial pastes last for months in the fridge.

          1. I'm so glad to see this post.. I've been wondering about freezing Panang Curry.. If I froze it.. how long would it keep before breaking down?

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            1. re: grnidkjun


              You can store curry paste for up to two weeks in the fridge, by putting it in a container and pressing plastic wrap rightly over the top, and closing the lid. I find the taste is best within the first 7 days.

              according to Thai cooking guru David Thompson, you should NOT freeze curry pastes. He says that when you unfreeze them.. the garlic and shallots will weep and become bitter... making the paste little better than canned... a waste of effort you spent on making it.

              1. re: BrettBorders

                It's true that Thompson writes this (twice! in the same book), but I still think homemade frozen-thawed is better than any canned pastes and much better than simply tossing your now insipid, weeping, bitter efforts.