Shelf Life Tips
- How long does red wine vinegar last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions — to maximize the shelf life of red wine vinegar, store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
To maximize the shelf life of red wine vinegar, keep the bottle tightly sealed after opening.
How long does red wine vinegar last at room temperature? Properly stored, red wine will generally stay at best quality for about 2 years, but will stay safe indefinitely.
Is red wine vinegar safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged — commercially packaged red wine vinegar will typically carry a "Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before," or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the red wine vinegar will remain at peak quality.
Does red wine vinegar ever spoil? No, commercially packaged red wine vinegar does not spoil, but the appearance and flavor may start to deteriorate over time — the storage time shown is for best quality only.
Is cloudy red wine vinegar safe to use? Yes: over time, red wine vinegar may become cloudy - this is not harmful; the vinegar will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly.
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