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Can You Freeze Capers?

by Scott Damon, studioD

With their salty, pungent taste, capers make for a savory addition to pasta dishes, sauces and condiment spreads. Often sold pickled in brine, capers have an extended shelf-life in the pantry or fridge. They may also be frozen for use at a later date.

Freezer Life

There is virtually no bacteria growth at 0 degrees F, making the capers indefinitely safe to consume after freezing. However, over time, the quality of the capers may suffer. Aim to use up frozen capers within a year of freezing.

How to Do It

Freezing capers is a simple process. Merely strain away the brine from the capers, place them in a sealable freezer bag, and store them in your freezer. Store capers in smaller quantities, such as in 1/4-cup portions, so you can defrost only what you need for your recipe.

Pantry or Fridge Storage

Because capers are stored in brine, they have a long shelf life in your pantry or fridge. A jar of unopened capers may remain good for one to two years after the printed "use by" date on the jar. Store jars in a pantry at less than 75 degrees F. Jars of capers that have been opened may remain good in the refrigerator for as long as one year after the printed date.

About the Author

Scott Damon is a Web content specialist who has written for a multitude of websites dating back to 2007. Damon covers a variety of topics including personal finance, small business, sports, food and travel, among many others.

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