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How long will an unopened tube of anchovie paste last NOT being refrigerated?

jej2010 Apr 24, 2012 10:40 AM

My niece left an unopened box (tube inside unopened) at my house ). Can I send it to her without any issues of the paste spoiling? Thanks for your thoughts!

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  1. carolinadawg RE: jej2010 Apr 24, 2012 10:46 AM

    Whats the expiration date on it?

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    1. re: carolinadawg
      jej2010 RE: carolinadawg Apr 24, 2012 01:38 PM

      It is at least 4-6 months from now, but it was purchased from the refrigerated section and it says to store in refrigerator...but with so much salt contents, and it is unopened...can it be shipped via Fed Ex for 2 days without refrigeration?

      1. re: jej2010
        Veggo RE: jej2010 Apr 24, 2012 01:44 PM

        Sure. Most anchovy paste is on shelves until it is opened. The cost to ship it will be 4 times it's value, though. Can she not buy another near her house?

        1. re: Veggo
          jej2010 RE: Veggo Apr 24, 2012 01:54 PM

          She said she's been looking for months...but maybe she wasn't looking in the right place (like the refrigerated section). We'll have her check on that again before I ship. Thanks Much!

          1. re: jej2010
            Bacardi1 RE: jej2010 Apr 24, 2012 02:19 PM

            I have to disagree with everyone else here.

            If you'd been talking about the metal tubes of anchovy paste found in the specialty food, pickles, or Italian food aisle, I'd say - send it on with my blessing.

            But I know what you're talking about. You're talking about the plastic tubes that are sold in the refrigerated produce section of supermarkets. These two items are most decidely NOT the same thing.

            There's a REASON why it states on the tube to "store in the refrigerator", & why supermarkets have it refrigerated, even though it's unopened. They don't give up that space for no reason, & "salt" isn't the be all & end all of antibacterial growth. Do your niece a BIG favor, toss it, & tell her to buy a new one at home.

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