Traditional aged balsamic vinegar is significantly more expensive than conventional vinegar, so if you will find a bottle hiding in the back of the pantry, you will need to ask yourself "can balsamic vinegar go bad?". While there's a little chance it will go bad (if stored properly) , in almost all instances it'll still be good. Let us go through some advice on keeping your balsamic vinegar good for many years to come. Sounds fascinating? Read on!
Storing balsamic vinegar
Balsamic vinegar should be kept like any other vinegar, in a cool, dry area, away from light. Therefore, most people keep it in the pantry. Light and heat will affect the flavor of balsamic vinegar, so keeping it in the pantry is best. You want your balsamic vinegar to be the best quality possible, right?
The thing to consider is that the bottle should be always sealed tightly when not in use. If you store vinegar in a bottle without its cap, chances are some contaminants may creep there way into the bottle. Even though vinegar isn't the ideal place to for bacteria and other microorganisms develop, due to acidic environment, it might occur. Just make sure to store you balsamic with the cap on and you’ll be fine.
Shelf life of vinegar
As mentioned earlier, vinegar will last years if stored properly (which isn't that difficult at all, right?). There's something more important to the quality of your balsamic vinegar...time. You need to remember that balsamic vinegar is at it peak quality just for a few of years (2 to 3 years maybe) after being bottled and its quality slowly deteriorates. Therefore, if you've located a bottle of balsamic vinegar that was siting in the basement for 10 years, the vinegar is safe to consume, but generally in most situations you really won't like the taste. The best thing to do is to taste it before use to see if the flavor is yum, yum or foul.
How to tell if Balsamic Vinegar is bad
When it comes to checking if it has gone bad, looks for mold first. In the event you can’t find any mold in the bottle, you should taste the vinegar. The flavor you should get is moderate acidic with a little sweetness. In case the liquid tastes bad, it's probably gone and should be tossed. So enjoy your aged balsamic quickly and you will never have an issue. DRINK MORE BALSAMIC EVERYONE! = )
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