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Old 08-15-2018, 02:25 PM
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I have a bottle of oyster sauce that's been in the fringe for over a year. Do you think it is still good?
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Old 08-15-2018, 02:31 PM
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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A year is a longtime for any sauce/condiment. Is it open or unopened?

How Long Does Oyster Sauce Last? Shelf Life, Storage, Expiration
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Old 08-15-2018, 02:35 PM
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Good to know. I’m always buying things like oyster sauce for a recipe, and then it languishes in the fridge forever.
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Old 08-15-2018, 02:45 PM
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It takes about 18 months to get through a bottle of oyster sauce. I never had a problem with it going bad. Of course, there is probably so much salt in it that inhibits bacterial growth.
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:42 PM
Location: South Bay Native
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Anything with that much salt in it isn't likely to spoil. The average sized bottle of Lee Kum Kee OS lasts me about 18 months to two years in the fridge. A little goes a long way.
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Old 08-16-2018, 11:39 AM
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My father was a kitchen manager and so I got in the habit of occasionally casting an eye over those condiments to see what was coming to the end of its natural life so I could use it up. It keeps you from wasting things and also makes you come up with dishes you'd otherwise overlook so you don't eat the same old things all the time.

My mother was even worse and would waste no speck of condiments. Each mustard, ketchup, etc., jar, she would pour in a bit of boiling water and swish the last bit out and keep it in a master jar, like a master sauce. Come summer, she would boil the contents of the jar, taste, season, and come up with the best barbecue sauce I've ever had. It wasn't heavy or sweet or sticky, but it was full of flavor.

Sorry if this is OT. My oyster sauce lasts a year - and I swish the dregs out with boiling water and use it in place of broth when pan frying dumplings.
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Old 08-16-2018, 05:12 PM
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Mine is over a year and I still use it, so far no one sick.....
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