Can balsamic vinegar go in the fridge?

In this brief guide we will address the query, “ Can balsamic vinegar go in the fridge?”. We will also discuss the proper storage options and tips to know when the balsamic vinegar goes bad.

Can balsamic vinegar go in the fridge?

No, balsamic vinegar should not be stored in the fridge. Balsamic vinegar is in nature acidic which itself acts as a preservative. 

If stored in the fridge after opening the bottle of the balsamic vinegar, condensation of the bottle occurs which eventually dilutes the vinegar. 

As heat and light are a big no for the longevity of the taste and texture of balsamic vinegar, a chilled setting is also not advised for storing it. Balsamic vinegar will not go bad if it is kept away from light and heat. The shelf life of a good balsamic vinegar is for years.

Traditional balsamic vinegar is aged for a period of time and with each passing day, the flavours and textures only grow deeper than deteriorate. 

The best place for the balsamic vinegar to store is the handy kitchen cabinet which is dark and cold and is the ideal environment for balsamic vinegar.

How and where to store balsamic vinegar?

Storing the balsamic vinegar in the fridge is not the best idea. The ideal place for the balsamic vinegar to be stored is in the kitchen cabinet since it is dark and cool. 

Heat and light are not the best circumstances for balsamic vinegar to sustain since they can alter the taste, flavour and texture of balsamic vinegar.

After using the balsamic vinegar for the first time after you bought it from your local grocer, it is important to seal it tightly to avoid any air entering the bottle and put it back in the place it belongs, i.e the kitchen cabinet. That’s correct, no need to put it in the fridge

If you forget to seal the bottle or leave the bottle of balsamic vinegar in direct light or heat, the quality of the balsamic vinegar will slowly decrease. The flavour profile of balsamic vinegar is best at room temperature.

How to know when balsamic vinegar has gone bad?

Balsamic vinegar is acidic in nature and acts as a preservative in its own way. In an ideal scenario, balsamic vinegar doesn’t go bad, rather it ages with time just like wine. But if it is not stored in a mindful way then it can go bad. 

Balsamic vinegar is one of those organic condiments that has a long shelf life which means if stored in a mindful manner it won’t go bad for many years. A store bought balsamic vinegar lasts for 3-5 years if stored in the right conditions.

Heat and light are the biggest factors for the balsamic vinegar to go bad. If the opened bottle is not sealed properly and air enters the bottle, then the texture and flavour of the balsamic vinegar will start to decrease.

Balsamic vinegar prepared in a traditional method is normally aged for a few years in wooden casks just like wine and is passed down generations. With each passing day, balsamic vinegar develops a more profound texture and flavour to it.

Even though it doesn’t go bad in ideal circumstances, one cannot guarantee it won’t. Here are a few things to consider to know if balsamic vinegar has gone bad.

Smell and taste

If the balsamic vinegar has started to smell murky or harsh then consider that the bottle of balsamic vinegar has gone bad. Balsamic vinegar smells and tastes sweet and tarty in flavour. If it tastes or smells otherwise, it’s probably good to trash the bottle.

Change in colour

After a period, the colour of balsamic vinegar can change slightly to a paler colour which is a natural change if the bottle is not sealed properly for a long period of time. But if the colour has changed extensively then it is best to discard the bottle. 

Appearance 

If you have bought an unfiltered bottle of balsamic vinegar then a bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle is normal. If the sediment is bothering you then easy filtering of the liquid with a coffee filter will do the job. 

Sometimes it can be the ‘Mother of vinegar’ which is a gel-like blob floating in the bottle. It is basically a form of cellulose and is completely harmless. The non-fermented sugar or alcohol left in the bottle is responsible for the growth of cellulose or the ‘ Mother of Vinegar’ in unfiltered or unpasteurized balsamic vinegar.

Though it can look a bit gross, the balsamic vinegar is perfectly fine and has not gone bad.     

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we addressed the query, “can balsamic vinegar go in the fridge?”. We also discussed the proper storage options and tips to know when the balsamic vinegar goes bad.

I hope you find this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

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