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?

  • 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, 2013 at 17:13

3 Answers 3


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.

  • 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, 2013 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.


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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