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Old 11-09-2020, 11:30 AM   #1
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Old oyster sauce, use it or not?

oyster sauce in frig is 5 years old or so would you use it?

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Old 11-09-2020, 12:23 PM   #2
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Shelf life of oyster sauce is 18 to 24 months after purchase, 3 to 6 months after opening.
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I can't imagine how it would go bad, it's so salty. Like soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce.
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I can't imagine how it would go bad, it's so salty. Like soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce.
I think it might be because it is seafood-based.
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I think it might be because it is seafood-based.
There is anchovy in Worcestershire sauce.
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Old 11-09-2020, 04:47 PM   #7
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I have some oyster sauce a few years old in the fridge, and it is still good. That, fish sauce, kecap manis, and Chinkiang vinegar are some of the things I keep in the fridge, since even though they say they have a 6-12 month shelf life, that's at room temp., and I've had it go bad at room temp., but never in the fridge, before I used them all. Oyster sauce I use the least of, so I have kept it the longest, and it never went bad.
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Old 11-09-2020, 04:48 PM   #8
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I think it might be because it is seafood-based.
It's kind of like Better than Bouillon. It's such a concentrated, salty substance that I can't see how any pathogen could survive, much less reproduce, in it. All food pathogens require moisture to reproduce and salt absorbs water.
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Old 11-09-2020, 04:53 PM   #9
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Shelf life of oyster sauce is 18 to 24 months after purchase, 3 to 6 months after opening.
I just looked at the bottle I bought a couple months ago. The expiration date is in April 2023.
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I've had mine in the fridge for at least 18 months - still use it occasionally & it's still good.
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