Shelf Life Tips
- How long does rice vinegar last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions — to maximize the shelf life of rice vinegar, store in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight.
To maximize the shelf life of rice vinegar, keep the bottle tightly sealed after opening.
How long does rice vinegar last at room temperature? Properly stored, rice vinegar will generally stay at best quality for about 2 years, but will stay safe indefinitely.
Is rice vinegar safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged — commercially packaged rice 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 rice vinegar will remain at peak quality.
Does rice vinegar ever spoil? No, commercially packaged rice 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 rice vinegar safe to use? Yes: over time, rice vinegar may become cloudy - this is not harmful; the vinegar will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly.
About Our Authors
Sources: For details about data sources used for food storage information, please click here