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Garlic in olive oil,how long in the fridge

javaandjazz Jun 18, 2013 05:39 AM

Last night I made the dressing for a corn and black beans salad. Lime juice, oilive oil, chopped garlic, and salt and pepper. I figured I would make it a few days ahead figuring it would taste better when I need it. Am I risking botulism? I wouldn't think so because I made this last year and it was in the fridge for awhile before I finally finished it all. Thanks.

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  1. coll RE: javaandjazz Jun 18, 2013 05:42 AM

    I've done up to two weeks, when I make roasted peppers in oil with garlic. After that it gets noticeably funky, but never an incident with that length of time.

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      gfr1111 RE: javaandjazz Jun 18, 2013 05:55 AM

      Alton Brown did a program on infused oils and cautioned against keeping infused garlic oil for very long at all. (He encouraged you to make it, but he just did not want you to leave it hanging around for very long.) I did not understand why, but apparently botulism is much more likely to appear in infused oil with garlic in particular, as opposed to (say) oil infused with thyme or rosemary, or whatever.

      It never occurred to me that there might be a problem with garlic in a salad dressing. If made with fresh garlic, I would think the dressing's acidity level would be so high that it would kill off any bacteria before they could get started. But, hey, I'm a lawyer, not a microbiologist.

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        mwhitmore RE: javaandjazz Jun 18, 2013 06:49 AM

        I have done this with no problems. But with what I know now, I just wouldn't risk it.

        1. Karl S RE: javaandjazz Jun 18, 2013 07:32 AM

          The standard advice is to use within a week.

          1. C. Hamster RE: javaandjazz Jun 18, 2013 07:59 AM

            I have posted a lot about the dangers of garlic in oil. If it were just garlic and oil, 7-10 days is the max. And it MUST be refrigerated. Same with anything fresh that comes out of the ground, but more so for things harvested from underground.

            That said, there are two ways to make it safe: heat and acid.

            I'd noodle around on the internet to see whether adding lime juice in the quantity you did could have made it safe.

            Otherwise, Id follow the 7-10 day rule.

            1. Gastronomos RE: javaandjazz Jun 18, 2013 08:09 AM

              " I figured I would make it a few days ahead figuring it would taste better when I need it. "

              a few days should be fine since you added lime juice and salt. Not more than 3-5 days if even that long. Besides, the garlic taste gets 'not-so-fresh' tasting after a while in oil or lemon/lime juice... just my experience...

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                javaandjazz RE: Gastronomos Jun 18, 2013 08:39 AM

                Thanks everyone!

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                  C. Hamster RE: Gastronomos Jun 18, 2013 09:45 AM

                  Garlic can get both off flavor and color

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