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Old 09-16-2006, 03:13 PM   #1
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TJ's Artichoke Antipasto-how long does it last?

I found a jar of Artichoke Antipasto I bought from Trader Joe's a year and a half ago. The ingredients are artichokes, water, canola oil, parsley, fresh garlic, evoo, salt, vinegar, spices. There is no "use by" date - all the jar says is to refrigerate after opening. Could this still be good? I don't want to be responsible for getting anyone sick.

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Old 09-19-2006, 08:52 AM   #2
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Can anyone offer advice - I know you are out there! I am afraid the fresh ingredients sitting in the olive oil may have gone rancid - any advice besides tasting it?
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Old 09-19-2006, 09:51 AM   #3
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All I can think of is to just open the jar and smell the contents, if there is no indication of spoilage, then try a little taste if you dare To be safe you could always throw it out and get another jar. It's so annoying when they dont put expiration dates on containers.
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Old 09-19-2006, 10:17 AM   #4
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It should be fine but your nose will tell you about the possibility of the oil going "off". That is not a long time and expiration dates can be just as misleading/incorrect/conservative/CYAing.
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Old 09-19-2006, 10:56 AM   #5
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You didn't mention whether or not the jar has been opened. If it has, by all means, pitch it!
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No, the jar hadn't been opened. I would think that if you open it you will smell whether the olive oil as turned rancid. Personally, I would think it would be fine, but your nose will tell you differently if that's the case.
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Old 09-19-2006, 10:59 AM   #7
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If the jar had been opened for a year and a half, toss it for sure. If not, it should be OK. If it worries you, toss it.
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Old 09-19-2006, 08:48 PM   #8
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I'd open it, smell it, and nibble on a very tiny bit of the artichoke heart. It won't kill you - a VERY tiny bit. Remember that the artichokes have already been cooked and preserved, and the jar has been hermetically sealed.
If it tastes OK - eat them. If you have any slight doubts - OUT with it!
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