what is the expiration date of anchovy paste after opening?

  • Posted by: mfruits
  • September 27, 2010
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thirschfeld
thirschfeld September 27, 2010

that is why I don't buy anchovy paste. LOL. I have never seen an expiration date on a tube of the paste but I think it has a lot of salt in it and if is kept refrigerated it will last a while but I think good common sense it always in order.

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AntoniaJames
AntoniaJames September 28, 2010

In my experience, if tightly capped it lasts a long time. I've used anchovy paste for many years. Occasionally a tube will "disappear" (or maybe it's just hiding?) in the fridge. I've never had a problem with using an opened tube that's been around for even five or six months. As Mr. Hirshfeld astutely pointed out, it's mostly salt, which for centuries (millennia, actually) has been used to preserve foods for months and even years. ;o)

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Jon Palmer
Jon Palmer October 4, 2010

If your anchovy paste comes in a metallic tube, there's pretty much no air getting into it at any point. This, combined with the salt content, assures that it'll last a very, very long time.

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Jil
Jil April 16, 2017

Every time I've purchased it, The expiration date for the tube is on the box. I keep mine in the box, or you could write on the tube

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Nancy
Nancy April 16, 2017

Not an expiry date, but stilltasty.com recommends 12 months open for best flavor. After that, ok to use, with some lessening of flavor.

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ChefJune
ChefJune April 18, 2017

Imho Americans are WAY too obsessed with expiration dates. Anchovy paste will keep until it is used up. So will anchovies. Keep the unused portion in the fridge and you can keep it forever.

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