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Old 11-14-2020, 11:44 AM   #1
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Refrigerate Vinegar

Watched a Rachel Ray program this morning and was surprised to see her go into the fridge for a wine vinegar. How many of you keep these in the fridge?
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That's new to me. I don't recall ever refrigerating vinegar, other than salad dressings.

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I've never even thought about refrigerating vinegar. It's already spoiled.
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Old 11-14-2020, 01:34 PM   #4
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I've never refrigerated vinegar, either.
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I have never heard of refrigerating vinegar. The only possible benefit I can think of is to refrigerate balsamic vinegar to make the consistency a bit thicker. But, I don't know if that would work.
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The only vinegar I refrigerate , is my Rice Vinegar, and thats just because I keep it near my other Asian Condiments, so I know where it is. All others are either in cupboard, or out on the counter near the stove top for quick use while cooking.
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Old 11-14-2020, 04:44 PM   #7
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I'm the odd man out. I have always put my vinegars in the fridge.
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Old 11-14-2020, 05:38 PM   #8
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I'm the odd man out. I have always put my vinegars in the fridge.
Please tell us why.
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Old 11-14-2020, 07:37 PM   #9
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Old 11-14-2020, 07:59 PM   #10
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The only vinegar I keep in the fridge is Chenkiang vinegar - the Chinese black vinegar - which did go bad on me years ago, when I stopped using it as much as I did before, when Chinese was basically the only Asian food I cooked. Other than that, I never had a vinegar go bad, even the lower acid white rice vinegar. Occasionally, some get a sediment, but that's all.
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Old 11-14-2020, 08:16 PM   #11
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If you have stabilized vinegar, vinegar that's been strained and heated, like bought white vinegar, it doesn't need to be refrigerated.


If you have an actively fermenting vinegar that's reached a stage of a little sweet and a little vinegar, it's a very subtle balance, you could slow the fermentation by refrigerating it. It won't be as acidic as a fully fermented vinegar.



I just finished up 2-3.5 gallon batches of nectarine vinegar, it has a slight sweetness and an active mother. (like the mother you would find in natural apple cider vinegar, or the mother like scoby you might find in kumbacha) You can let it continue to ferment or slow it down with refrigeration.


Infused vinegars, like say, fig infused blended AC vinegar, may start to ferment a little further if left at room temperature because you've added sugar to it.


I'm often in the process of making vinegar, so I usually have some that is half sweet half acidic and I leave most of my vinegars on the counter, or stored in glass in the basement where it is cooler.


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HUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM I don't put white vinegar in the fridge. But I mostly use that for cleaning and putting down the drain and in washer with baking soda.
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I do not put vinegar in the fridge.
However, once I find sherry vinegar it will go into the fridge. Not sure if its needs to be refrigerated but its expensive for vinegar and since I keep all my dry herbs and spices refrigerated it will go in there as well.

Note: I cannot find sherry vinegar in our local grocery stores. We are very limited in this capacity.
So I have been to the internet for sherry vinegar. Its the most expensive I will have ever purchased in my life.
I still have not purchased it as there is a Whole Foods 30 miles away and I understand they carry it.
I understand Napa Valley Naturals is a very good choice?
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Old 11-16-2020, 05:43 PM   #15
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Vinegar, like soy sauce and fish sauce has already “gone bad” by being fermented. So it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Unless like Blissful says, you are in the middle of the process of making your own.

I wouldn’t have the room for all my vinegars in the fridge.

I’m guessing the producers on the RR show just kept it in the fridge because they don’t have a real pantry.
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Even if it wasn't strained to filter out the "mother culture" I don't see how room temperature would harm it. Generally 60 to 80 f is good fermenting temp when making vinegar.

Unless the recipe ingredients in this case may have been temperature sensitive or just maybe there wasn't room on the counter, aka mise en place makes keeping it in the fridge an odd notion.
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