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Old 07-17-2009, 10:01 AM   #1
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Vinegar, does it go bad?

My "white vinegars" like Pickling, white wine, apple cider..do fine,

but my Red wine, Malt, and Balsamic..

seem to turn dark and cloudy over time, with even a dark "sediment" in the red wine type..

Is this normal, do I just not use it up fast enough?

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Old 07-17-2009, 10:16 AM   #2
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It is normal. It should still taste the same and be safe to use.
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Old 07-17-2009, 10:19 AM   #3
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Vinegars do go bad over time. They should be treated like a wine where it is kept out of direct sunlight and hopefully kept in a well sealed bottle. Unless you go through a lot of vinegar I suggest to get small enough bottles that you can go through in a period of 4-6 months at max.
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:31 PM   #4
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If you get a strange sediment or growth in some wine vinegars it is called "Mother" and is not harmful and does not effect the taste or use of the vinegar.
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:42 AM   #5
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I've had some of my vinegars for years & have never had any go bad. And as Mcnerd pointed out, any sediment that develops is harmless & is frequently used to "start" more vinegar.
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