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Does Hoisin Sauce need to be refrigerated after opening?

Started 1391369161.68 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1391577281.877 by DiAnne

I am making Chinese spareribs using hoisin sauce (a first for me with this sauce). I do not see anywhere on the jar where it says it needs to be refrigerated. Appreciate any help. Thanks.

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madcity4111391369613.424912 PostsRegistered 8/11/2007

Yes it does!!

snickster1391369941.924660 PostsRegistered 7/28/2012

Thank you. I put it in the fridge, just in case. Good to know it was the right thing to do.

madcity4111391370231.1674912 PostsRegistered 8/11/2007
On 2/2/2014 snickster said:

Thank you. I put it in the fridge, just in case. Good to know it was the right thing to do.

You're welcome snickster, enjoy cooking with it. Smile

luvpoos1391370323.0776364 PostsRegistered 5/3/2006Kingston Ma

I put mine in the fridge too after opening. Better safe than sorry.

you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, well you just might find, that you get what you need...The Rolling Stones

shoekitty1391372082.43714509 PostsRegistered 8/10/2006

I always do. Years ago I left it in the cupboard and it goes rancid. I think it ferments! LOL! You can use this sauce in many dishes. It is also an ingredient in traditional chinese salad dressing. Add to other sauces as well for a great marinate.

One good use is for Chinese Chicken Salad chicken. Marinate the breasts in Hoisin for 20 mins or so. Place breasts on a bed of scallions, and a few sclices lemon, slather top of breast again with Hoisin.. Bake breasts at 350 for 25 mins or until just about done. Let sit for 30 mins. Slice for chicken salad...or just eat. No worries. LOL!

life is a banquet and most poor fools are starving to death!"
Auntie Mame

DiAnne1391375645.516288 PostsRegistered 9/22/2010

shoekitty - That sounds good. I will have to give that a try. I also add a little Hoisin and soy sauce to mayo when I need a fast dipping sauce.

terrier31391375874.3731730 PostsRegistered 7/13/2007

By law, it should say "Refrigerate after opening" if that is what it needs.

jst4jan1391444248.007359 PostsRegistered 11/10/2006

I use a website called You can look up hundreds of foods to find out their shelf life and how to store them. I've been using it for years.

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boby1391533433.7733110 PostsRegistered 2/10/2006Town of Ulster-suburb of Kingston, NY

Every bottle of hoisin that I've ever had says "refrigerate after opening."

There is a slight possibility that if you're getting real Chinese product its there in a Chinese dialect, but stick it in the fridge after opening in any case.

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RocketMom1391562337.932762 PostsRegistered 9/23/2007

Or it could be so small that you can't read it!{#emotions_dlg.w00t}

DiAnne1391577281.8776288 PostsRegistered 9/22/2010

I shop frequently at an Asian market and several things do not have English labels. That could be the problem.

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