Anchovies are among the top of the healthy seafood and they are more commonly sold in cans, tins or tubes under paste form rather than whole anchovies. Anchovy paste is one of the popular and favorite ingredient to add to many dishes to make your food taste better and more flavored.
Since the base ingredient of this paste is anchovies and olive oil and as we all know, these two constituents are really good for our health, so is the anchovy paste.
However, with a certain amount of salt, this paste is not recommended for daily use as it will easily lead to dehydration and kidney disease. Therefore, using enough anchovy paste not only brings health benefits, but also elaborate your dishes to a different level.
However, you must be wondering about the shelf life of a tube of anchovy paste or how to store the leftover as using the entire tube in just one meal is an impossible thing. In this article, you will have your own answers for all these questions.
How long does anchovy paste last?
When a tube of anchovy paste is unopened, it can be even used after the expiration date on the label as long as it has been stored properly.
After you open the tube, the shelf life of this paste is 12 months in the fridge for the best quality. Beyond that time, it’s still safe to consume but you might start to realize the gradual diminution in its texture, color or flavor.
Generally, this paste has salt content and is kept in a sealing tube which rarely exposes to the air, this allows you to assume that the life-span time of anchovy paste will be very, very long.
How to tell if anchovy paste goes bad?
Like other paste or food, when it develops an off odor or even has mold which is a sign of bacteria growth, that means your anchovy paste is spoiled and it’s time to discard the entire product.
In some cases, you can see the change in color or texture too, like become darker and more watery, you can give it a taste to decide whether to continue using it or not.
How to store anchovy paste?
If the tube of anchovy paste is unopened, just simply keep it in your pantry, away from any source of light or heat. With just easy way of storage, you can be surprised how long it can last.
When it comes to the opened paste, you better keep it in the fridge to extend its shelf life.
You can also transfer the anchovy paste into a glass container or jar, and cover all of it with olive oil or salt but we think olive oil is more commonly used and recommended since more salt can make the paste super salty.
Using a freezer instead of a fridge is also another choice for long-term storage.
Can you freeze anchovy paste?
Yes, you can freeze anchovy paste to make it last up to a year or even more. However, in fact, people usually store anchovy paste in the fridge since the cold temperature in the fridge is enough to keep the paste safe for a long period of time, also freezing will require a bit longer time to thaw it before using.
How to freeze anchovy paste?
Now you are going to learn how to freeze anchovy paste properly in just some simple steps.
Tips to freeze anchovy paste
- If the tube that the paste came in is undamaged and tightly sealed, just keep as it is. When there is any doubts that the tube is leaking or bulging and not safe to contain the paste, transfer the paste into a jar or freezer container covered with a tight lid
- You can add some olive oil on the surface of the paste if it’s kept in a jar, not a tube. Olive oil will help to keep the paste safe much longer and also maintain the moisture of the paste
- Dividing the paste into smaller portion will be a good idea as it will be easier and more convenient to thaw and use for each meal. However, it will require the proper size of jars and there might be so many jars sticking in the freezer
Things you’ll need to freeze anchovy paste
- A freezer-safe container or bag
How to freeze anchovy paste
- Simply place the tube of anchovy paste into the freezer (don’t forget to write the storage date on the outside of the tube)
How to defrost/ thaw anchovy paste?
Defrosting anchovy paste is super easy. There is only thing you need to do is to take the container or tube of the paste out of the freezer and transfer to the fridge or leave it at room temperature.
When the texture turns tender as initial, it’s ready to be used per your own recipe.
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