How long can fermenting hot peppers sit in the fridge?

I have been using a variation of this recipe for years:
http://www.bonappetit.com...

It has you ferment chilis and salt for 2 days on the counter. My husband starting this and then went out of town, and they ended up in the fridge for... 2 weeks. They well a little funky, but they are supposed to smell a little funky. Should we toss them?

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Ben M. October 17, 2016
Because they are in the fridge they will be perfectly fine I think. Sounds like you are well on your way to making a fermented chili paste if you mash them. I bet it will be delicious. I would just add a little sugar like one to two tsp to any dish you use the peppers to help balance the flavors.
 
Trena H. October 16, 2016
I've left chilis fermenting on my counter top for well over 6 months. I can't image they would've gone bad based on the length of time on the counter and the fridge that you've indicated, however, I'm unsure of your description of "funky". I suggest you follow the link I've added below to a forum on Sandor Katz website Wild Fermentation where you should be able to get any question regarding this topic answered. http://www.wildfermentationforum.com/
 
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