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I bought some tamarind paste the other day, and I am wondering how should I store it once opened, as the package does not say anything special. Should I put it in the fridge? Store it in an airtight container? Freeze it (as I am probably not going to use it very often)?

How long will it last?

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rubbery block with seeds? that just needs plastic film around and lasts years. Anything more processed with water decreases shelf-life. I have had quite runny 'paste' that I could have frozen but used up quickly to replace with better quality. I sub tamarind for other tart ingr. regularly so get thru it quicker (Margaritas etc) –  Pat Sommer Jan 14 '13 at 17:13

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My tub of tamarind paste says store in a cool dry place. It should last up to its use by date (2 years in my case), provided it doesn't grow mould.

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Mould, the reason I put most things in the fridge even if they say "cool dry place". I've had some occasional bad luck. –  Megasaur Jan 13 '13 at 21:39

I am a south Indian who use tamarind in my daily cooking. As previously answered a block of tamarind can be stored wrapped at room temperature. but anything processed like a paste or juice should be refrigerated after opening.

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According to this purveyor, you can store it under "ambient conditions" (which is industry speak for essentially room temperature) for about six months to one year. Of course, I would use an airtight container.

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