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Apr 24, 2012 08:17 PM

How long store anchovy fillets in olive oil?

Hey Chowhounds - I bought one of those small glass jars of anchovy fillets in olive oil and I opened it up tonight to take out a couple of fillets, but there are probably about 20 fillets remaining. I know I can cap it and put it in the fridge, but how long will they last more or less?

Searches indicate a wide window as short as 2 days and as long as a few months... any experiences here?

In case it matters, I do think they are quality fillets, the Italian Agostino Recca brand.


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  1. I routinely keep them a few months. Two days is ridiculously short, I think.

    1. I'm also in the months camp.

      1. They keep, period. But you might take the opportunity to find new recipes using them. Or just put them on toast and eat them.

        1. They seem to keep forever in the fridge.

          1. I just tossed a jar out, because I couldn't remember when I opened them. I poked them with my finger, first, just to see, and they pretty much disintegrated. I'd bet they were there since November. So maybe 6 months open is too long?

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            1. re: jeanmarieok

              Six months is fine. I've had them disintegrate if they were packed in salt in a jar, but never if packed in olive oil.