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Life span of capers in brine in refrigerator?

Adree1 Nov 16, 2012 11:58 AM

Hi- Keep or ditch- Large jar of half used Capers in brine from Costco- smells ok- been in refrigerator at least 6 months.

THANKS for your input.

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  1. hotoynoodle Nov 16, 2012 12:01 PM

    100,000 years. at least.

    1. pikawicca Nov 16, 2012 12:03 PM

      In my experience, these things last forever.

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        maxie Nov 16, 2012 12:04 PM

        StillTasty.com says one year. See link for more info


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          Adree1 Nov 16, 2012 12:13 PM

          Thanks to all of you for your quick responses! and thanks for that great link, Maxie, I have it bookmarked already and am sending it out to my friends and family.

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            Harters Nov 16, 2012 03:45 PM

            I don't keep them in the fridge - and last for many months in the cupboard (presumably they would last for much longer, but we use up the jar before there's any sign of a problem. The brine obviously preserves them, which is why I find there's no need to fridge.

            1. chefathome Nov 16, 2012 04:06 PM

              I've never had any around long enough! I use them so often. But as everyone else says, I would agree that they certainly should last for ages and ages.

              1. Bacardi1 Nov 16, 2012 04:26 PM

                Another vote for FOREVER.

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                  ricepad Nov 17, 2012 02:38 PM

                  They'll go bad in about the same amount of time that miso goes bad.

                  1. Jaz Cooks Nov 17, 2012 02:45 PM

                    My personal experience is that they last WELL over a year, so long as they are put back in the fridge after using. Just for curiosity's sake, I just discovered a jar of the Costco artichoke hearts in the way back of the fridge too - and they were still fine after at least 3 months!

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                      Bacardi1 Nov 18, 2012 09:26 AM

                      If they were the marinated ones (which I LOVE), they last forever too.

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                        hotoynoodle Nov 18, 2012 03:47 PM

                        i think sometimes people forget that brining was invented as a preservation method looooooong before refrigeration existed. and in very hot climates to boot.

                      2. tcamp Nov 17, 2012 03:41 PM

                        Echoing the forever timeframe. I've got the same big jar. Periodically I remember it is there and use a tablespoon full or two. Always tastes the same.

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