Can you freeze vinegar?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you freeze vinegar?”, and how to safely freeze vinegar?

Can you freeze vinegar?

Yes, you can freeze vinegar. But it is not recommended if you want to use frozen vinegar for pickling or cleaning. Because freezing tends to dilute the acidity and flavor of vinegar. More on this in the article below.

How to freeze vinegar?

Freezing bottles of vinegar is a resounding no. Because the glass bottle that contains the vinegar is very fragile and breaks under freezing temperatures. So, you will need another container that is more tolerant to the low temperatures of the freezer.

In this regard, a sturdy plastic bottle or container is just the right pick. Pour the vinegar into the plastic bottle or container and cling wrap its mouth. Then tightly put the lid on the container. 

For added protection, tape the lid. But this is optional. Last but not the least, make sure your freezer can maintain a steady temperature of 28℉.

If you have a small amount of leftover vinegar to take care of, opt for freezing it in an ice cube tray. Pour the vinegar into the ice cube tray and freeze for 6-12 hours.

Cling wrap the ice cube tray or pop the cubes and store them in an air-tight container or freezer bag. Be sure to check the seal of the container or bag.

What is vinegar?

Vinegar is composed of acetic acid, some trace chemicals in minute quantities, additives, and flavorings. The acetic acid is diluted by many folds and is produced as a result of ethanol fermentation. 

But this is not the only way that vinegar is synthesized. Due to the variety of preparation methods, vinegar comes in many forms. 

Some of the most common types of vinegar are balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, traditional vinegar, red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, wine vinegar, distilled vinegar, and apple cider vinegar, etc.

All types of vinegar can easily be substituted for one another unless your recipe emphasizes using a specific type of vinegar. 

Uses for vinegar 

The use of vinegar is not limited to cooking. Vinegar has a plethora of other amazing uses. For example, apple cider vinegar is known for its immune-boosting properties. Moreover, it lowers blood pressure, makes your hair smooth, prevents acne, and soothes bug bites.

Vinegar is also commonly used as a window cleaner, weed killer, microwave cleaner, stain remover, etc. Vinegar also does a great job of preserving fresh-cut flowers. 

Furthermore, vinegar adds a tangy taste to dipping sauces, glazes, marinades, and condiments. Vinegar is well-known for its preservation properties. The long shelf-life of pickles is ascribed to the preservation solution of which vinegar is the main part.

The shelf-life of vinegar

Vinegar only comes with a best-by date and not an expiration date. This means that vinegar could last forever if stored correctly but is best used within a certain time window.  Even if the printed date says “expiration date”, it is just an estimate. 

This only applies if the vinegar is stored in a cool pantry, away from sources of heat like direct sunlight and the stovetop. As per the USDA, an opened bottle of vinegar should not be kept for more than 2 years.

Even though the vinegar is self-preserving by nature, it develops visible changes in appearance if it has been sitting for too long. You can expect slight discoloration in old vinegar. 

But the flavor and usefulness of vinegar remain unaffected in most cases. Just give it a vigorous shake and you are good to go.

What happens when you freeze vinegar?

Vinegar has a very low ph which makes it self-preserving. Therefore, pantry storage will suffice if you want to keep the vinegar for a long time. But freezing is not a bad option either. 

The freezing point of vinegar is 28℉. It can easily freeze if left outside in a cold environment. Vinegar does not necessarily go bad. It just loses its acidity and potency due to the breakdown of acetic acid.

What’s more likely to happen is that the vinegar will become diluted over time, whether frozen or stored in the pantry. Old vinegar just won’t be the same as fresh vinegar in terms of acidity and flavor.

This may be a problem if you intend to use frozen or old vinegar for cleaning or pickling. Both of these processes rely on the acidic strength of vinegar. However, you should be fine if you intend to use frozen or old vinegar for making dips, dressings, or cooking. 


In this article, we answered the question “Can you freeze vinegar?”, and how to safely freeze vinegar?


Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.