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Mar 16, 2014 04:44 PM

better than boullion

What happens if it is not refrigerated?????

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  1. I always keep BTB in the refrigerator, but likely it will be fine if left out for a week or two because there is so much salt in it.

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    1. re: Tripeler

      Agreed. The label calls for refrigeration after opening, but I've had a jar of the beef base in the fridge for {mumble} years past it's purchase-by date and it seems fine - just used some last week - so I dare say a few weeks or even a month at cool-ish room temperature won't hurt it or you. Eventually (however long that might be), I imagine it would grow mold, but I suspect the salt content would keep most common bacterial pathogens at bay.

      1. re: MikeG

        Several years ago, I bought one-pound jars of some of the (full salt) non-supermarket BTB varieties online, direct from Superior Touch, the producer. The carton is stored at room temp. They are now way out of date but fine when I open one and keep it in the freezer thereafter. Meanwhile, however, my supermarket started carrying the reduced sodium versions of beef, chicken, and vegetable BTB bases so I bought those too, when they were on sale. Recently I opened an outdated jar - I think it was beef - and it was very moldy. So, one of the rare occasions when I throw food away. Even though there's still a lot of salt in the RS version, it's apparently not enough to prevent spoilage over an extended period. I have no memory of how far past the label date it was, but probably at least a year.

        1. re: greygarious

          Was that an *unopened* jar that was moldy? If so, I'd suspect a faulty seal or processing?

          Just checked my jar of the regular stuff (in the fridge the whole time) and will now admit that it's 5 years past it's purchase-by date and still alive and apparently well. (It's been around so long since I rarely use it except in small amounts in stew or chili, more or less as a beef-flavored salt substitute, considering that it's got 710 mg sodium per teaspoon!)

          1. re: MikeG

            Yes, unopened. BTB jars don't have an audible vacuum-pop when you open them so it's impossible for me to know what allowed the mold growth but to be on the safe side, I am now extra-careful about the reduced sodium ones. It's a small price to pay for what I consider to be a high-quality addition to my ingredient arsenal, something I use at least once a week for one thing or another.

    2. Oops, I've never refrigerated them and they are fine

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      1. re: scubadoo97

        Same here, and mine is the reduced sodium in a 1 lb jar. I keep them at the counter top near the stove. But I suspect the bacteria count would still be creeping up, hopefully within safe levels.