How long does Balsamic vinegar last?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long does Balsamic vinegar last?”, and how to tell If Balsamic vinegar has gone bad?

How long does Balsamic vinegar last?

The following table shows an estimated shelf-life of traditional and commercially-packaged Balsamic vinegar in the pantry.

In the pantry
Traditional Balsamic vinegarMore than 20 years 
Commercially Prepared Balsamic Vinegar3 years past the Best-by date 

Traditional Balsamic vinegar is aged 15, 20, or even 25 years. That’s why it is very expensive. On the other hand, its commercially prepared counterpart, the regular Balsamic vinegar takes only a few months of processing and includes artificial flavors that mimic the taste and flavor profile of the traditional vinegar. 

Regular Balsamic vinegar has a pretty good taste and is inexpensive. Traditional vinegar tastes better as it ages while regular vinegar has a Best-by date labeled on it.

How to store Balsamic vinegar?

Balsamic vinegar is the easiest to store. The rule of thumb is to keep balsamic in a cool, dark, and dry place. The pantry or kitchen cabinet works best. After opening, make sure you seal it back tightly. 

Do not keep it open for two long. Keep the bottle clean by wiping the drops of balsamic from the bottle. Balsamic does not have to be refrigerated. It must be kept away from direct sunlight or heat from the stove.

How to tell If Balsamic vinegar has gone bad?

Balsamic vinegar is a shelf-stable food commodity and it doesn’t go bad unless handled carelessly or stored unopened.

  1. If the balsamic has an off-odor, strange taste, or sell, it is time to discard it.
  2. Unlike the traditional Balsamic vinegar, regular Balsamic loses its flavor over time. It does not become unsafe with time but you might want to discord it for quality reasons.

How to use Balsamic vinegar?

Balsamic vinegar can be used for braising beef, pork, and lamb meat. The acidic flavor profile of Balsamic vinegar makes it a perfect ingredient for cocktails and mocktails. Add a splash of Balsamic in your soups or drizzled over sauteed vegetables. Some other uses of Balsamic vinegar other than salad dressing are given below.

In marinades

Young Balsamic vinegar retains the fruitiness of the grape must and can be used along with salt, pepper, and virgin olive oil as a meat marinade. Alternatively, a little Balsamic with rosemary, sage, garlic, and salt adds a rich flavor to the otherwise basic meat marinades.

Fast veggie dip

Cut some carrots and chop some celery. Combine with Blasmic, olive oil, and seasoning of your choice. This hearty and healthy vegetable dip is quick to make and tastes delicious.

Alternatively, combine some chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a pinch of salt. This is another great dip idea t try with a french baguette.

Savory food finishing

Add a few drops of old, dense balsamic acetum drops to your meat or fish. This is a great shift from the fancy and complicated sauces and a treat for your tastebuds.

Pair with cheese

There is nothing better than cheese that complements the acidic and caramel-like taste of aged balsamic. Unlike other vinegar, when balsamic is added to cheese, it enhances the flavor profile of the balsamic beyond words.

Strawberry sauce and ice-cream

This seems like an off combination but it is really not once you try it. Put a few drops of Balsamic acetum over your scoop of vanilla ice cream, or on fresh strawberries to jazz up these summer delights. Besides, Balsamic-strawberry sauce for Panna Cotta is delicious.

What is Balsamic vinegar?

Balsamic vinegar is made from Grape must and has an intense and rich flavor. It is allowed to age for years in the wooden barrels during which it loses moisture and becomes concentrated. Regular balsamic vinegar is not pure as it contains caramel, red wine vinegar, and grape juice flavor. Sometimes, starch is added for thickening. Balsamic vinegar originated in Italy.

What are the health benefits of using Balsamic vinegar?

Due to its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, balsamic vinegar can be used t cure acne. The anti-glycemic effects of using Balsamic help control blood sugar. The active ingredient of Balsamic vinegar, Acetic acid, has strains of probiotics that help aid digestion and improve gut health.

The antioxidants lower the blood cholesterol level and the probiotic content of the Blasmaic helps in weight loss. The antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties of Balsamic help in wound treatment. It also helps lower blood pressure, treats congestion, and reduces heartburn.


In this article, we answered the question “How long does Balsamic vinegar last?”, and how to tell If Balsamic vinegar has gone bad?


Sana Ameer

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.

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