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Old 05-21-2011, 01:45 PM   #1
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How long can I keep my Balsamic Vinegar?

How long can i keep my Balsamic Vinegar? On my bottle, it said that "Best Before: NO/2011". Is it means that i need to eat it before November 2011?

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Old 05-21-2011, 01:56 PM   #2
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I keep mine in the fridge after I open it...interesting. I'll have to look at the expiry date on my bottles...
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Old 05-21-2011, 02:00 PM   #3
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I keep my balsamic vinegar forever. If it is "real" balsamic it should keep for many years. Cheap non-aged vinegar can break down quickly.
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Old 05-21-2011, 02:01 PM   #4
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Boy, I didn't think vinegar went bad... I'll have to look at mine. I've had it at least a couple years, maybe three. It sits on the shelf over the sink with my other vinegars.
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Old 05-21-2011, 02:13 PM   #5
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I personally wouldn't pay much attention to an expiration date on balsamic vinegar, not that I'm trying to tell you to do the same.
Granted the finest most expensive Balsamic vinegars are aged for years in perfect conditions, having a less expensive BV that's out of date on my pantry shelf doesn't bother me at all. My suspicious mind makes me think the maker wants us to buy a new bottle more often than needed. Phoey.
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Old 05-21-2011, 02:33 PM   #6
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I personally wouldn't pay much attention to an expiration date on balsamic vinegar, not that I'm trying to tell you to do the same.
Granted the finest most expensive Balsamic vinegars are aged for years in perfect conditions, having a less expensive BV that's out of date on my pantry shelf doesn't bother me at all. My suspicious mind makes me think the maker wants us to buy a new bottle more often than needed. Phoey.
I feel the same. Vinegar is a preservative. I can't imagine it would go bad, maybe taste funny?
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Old 05-21-2011, 04:29 PM   #7
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Vinegar has already gone bad. It used to be grape juice.
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Vinegar has already gone bad. It used to be grape juice.
And wine.
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Old 05-21-2011, 05:12 PM   #9
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Strictly speaking, you could keep it forever.... It might not be very good but you can keep it.
I got a can of Hormel Chili from 1998...I ain't gonna eat it, but I got it....might be an antique one day.
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Strictly speaking, you could keep it forever.... It might not be very good but you can keep it.
I got a can of Hormel Chili from 1998...I ain't gonna eat it, but I got it....might be an antique one day.
Just sprinkle it with a little balsamic, it should be fine. Keep it with the Twinkies.

I have several bottles of BV that are many years old, have not detected any diff in taste.
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Old 05-21-2011, 06:53 PM   #11
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As someone who has made his own beer I can tell you it's very easy to make vinegar if you're not careful
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And wine.

Yes, but it was grape juice first.
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or apples.
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If you like the taste use it, if you don't throw it out

It should be ok!
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Old 05-21-2011, 09:53 PM   #15
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spoiled vinegar tastes more vinegary. yum!
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:32 AM   #16
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Considering you can buy 120 year old aged balsamic, I would guess it has a pretty long shelf life.

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Old 05-22-2011, 08:51 AM   #17
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I have had a bottle that developed some kind of mold inside that settled along the bottom. It came out in chunks when I went to pour it on salad.
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Are you sure it was mold and not "the mother?" I've had that happen with vinegar "with mother."
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Yes, I guess it could have been. The bottle was black to begin with, so I couldn't really see. It was almost an empty bottle anyway, so I just chucked it.
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Are you sure it was mold and not "the mother?" I've had that happen with vinegar "with mother."
That was my first thought too.

But having blobs of it come out on the salad isn't any fun.
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