A Tip from Rachael: Vinegar Goes in the Fridge

Today’s quick tip is probably one that defies your normal kitchen sensibilities. 

Rachael recommends that you keep vinegar in your refrigerator, and not on your countertop or in a cabinet. This helps prevent cloudiness and keeps the flavors crisp. 

Wondering why? Put on your science hats:

First off, it’s important to note that vinegar really doesn’t go “bad.” According to The Vinegar Institute (Yes! There is an institute totally devoted to vinegar!), “vinegar’s shelf life is almost indefinite.” So don’t stress about that.

Cloudiness in your vinegar is a naturally occurring process. What’s actually happening is that vinegar “mother” is starting to form. 

The Vinegar Institute says that “Mother is actually cellulose (a natural carbohydrate which is the fiber in foods like celery and lettuce) produced by the harmless vinegar bacteria.” See? We told you that you’d need your science hats. 

If you already have vinegar that’s a bit cloudy, you can always filter it out and keep using it, or use as-is. It’s all good. But, if you want to keep it looking clear, storing your vinegar in your fridge will prevent this from happening.

Now you know!

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