How Long Does Duck Fat Last?
Was just looking through the fridge for an ingredient for tonight and found a sealed jar of duck fat that I rendered about a month ago. Is this still good to cook with? I smelled it and it has no smell at all, and the color is still yellowish white throughout (same as the day I stored it).
If I wanted to fry chicken and veggies in it tonight, would that be healthy?
If its been sealed (so as not to absorb other fridge odors. It should be good for at least six months. I used some 5 month old far this weekend and it was fine.
I had a sealed bottle full of duck fat that was in my fridge for well over a year and still delicious (it migrated to a hidden corner, else it would never have lasted that long). There's nothing quite as wonderful as potatoes fried in duck fat; you can hear the angels singing while you eat.
Edit: if you're concerned, use your nose. If the fat has turned your nose will detect rancid odors.
Rendered fat keeps for ages, particularly if it's in the fridge - it can last over a year.
I keep ghee at room temperature in a sub-tropical climate, and it lasts for at least a year without going rancid.