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Old 12-19-2005, 05:08 PM   #1
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Cocktail Sauce Question....

how long does cocktail sauce stay good for once its opened, but kept in the fridge??


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Old 12-19-2005, 05:23 PM   #2
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Old 12-19-2005, 05:49 PM   #3
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Cocktail sauce is basically just ketchup and horseradish so like Mudbug said you can get a very long time out of it. Pretty much as long as you would get from just regular ketchup.
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Old 12-20-2005, 06:22 AM   #4
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It'll keep forever - we used to make it by the gallon for catering. However, the horseradish sometimes does something that sort of 'congeals' the sauce; it's still okay, and stirring it up will soften it some.

For something different, try a tequila/lime cocktail sauce!!! Ketchup, horseradish, a little tequila and some lime juice and hot sauce.
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Old 12-20-2005, 11:50 AM   #5
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I have found that bottles of horseradish get bitter after a while in the fridge. But I have never had a problem with cocktail sauce.
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Old 12-20-2005, 12:55 PM   #6
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skip the bottled stuff and buy fresh horseyradish to grate, if you can. there's no comparison.
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to be sure, add some lemon juice to your cocktail sauce to raise the acidity of it to help it prevent bacterial growth, and it adds a little tasty something to the sauce.
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Old 12-20-2005, 03:09 PM   #7
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You can also make this in lieu of cocktail sauce. I learned this at one of the restaurants I worked at. Goes good with shrimp, oysters, calamari, crab meat, etc.

Maxim Sauce

Yield: Approx 2 cups


12 oz Ketchup
24 oz Mayonaise
1/2 oz Lea & Perrins
1/2 oz Tabasco
2 oz Fresh Lemon juice
1/2 oz Cognac
Kosher Salt to taste


Combine all ingredients and chill.
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