Shelf life of opened jar of anchovies

I know there have been a couple of questions about this already but they tend to turn into comparisons of how to store anchovies in the refrigerator and that's not really what I'm looking for. I had a jar of anchovies I'd opened about 2 months ago. Following advice I'd heard elsewhere, I stored them in the cupboard at room temperature. So now, two months later, can I use them to cook? If the answer is no, is that because I'll get sick, or just because they won't taste as good as they used to? Thanks!!

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sexyLAMBCHOPx December 29, 2013
These pas answers from the hotline may be helpful: http://food52.com/hotline/search?q=anchovie+shelf+life
 
bigpan December 28, 2013
I assume the jar is from Italy - which is good. I store in the fridge after opening making sure to push down the anchovies into the oil. (Or, add some oil to top up if needed). I have had no problem after 6 months. As long as the anchovies are fully covered with oil I don't think you will have a problem with the couple months on the shelf. IF you are concerned - toss them and buy some new ones - the price is not that bad to break your bank account.
 
pierino December 29, 2013
Recovering with oil is a good suggestion. And yes, definitely refrigerate.
 
jmlehrfeld December 29, 2013
Thanks for the advice. I ended up tossing the brussels sprouts -- what a shame! I will just have to eat anchovies faster now!
 
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