Whenever someone asks 'does apple cider vinegar go bad?' the answer is inevitably "No". Apple cider
vinegar and all other types of vinegar have shelf-lives that are indefinite. This has been stated by the
Vinegar Institute. Because of the acidic nature of vinegar it is totally self-preserving. But a lot of people
'do' see changes over time in their vinegar. Actually the old vinegar changes in its color and becomes
hazy or develops sediment. This is by no means an indicator that the vinegar may have gone bad, rather
it's a totally natural occurrence that takes place over the course of time. While these changes may not
be very attractive, your vinegar is still quite usable.
When apple cider vinegar ages it has a tendency to form what is known as a 'mother'. This does not
mean giving birth to a parent of its own, but rather it means that cellulose has collected up at the top of
the bottle, which is merely a buildup of bacteria that is harmless. Even with this 'mother' present, your
vinegar is still very much consumable. You simply remove the mother from the top of the bottle and use
the vinegar as you usually do. This mother will most commonly form in apple cider vinegar that is
Lots of people wonder 'does apple cider vinegar go bad if it is a homemade vinegar?' and the answer is
still "No". When made properly it will act the same as store bought vinegar. Vinegar is made up of 2
distinctly harmless micro-organisms which are Acetobacter and yeast. A fermentation of alcohol
happens whenever yeast comes into contact with natural sugars. Then the bacteria known as
'Acetobacter' begins the second part of the process and turns the alcohol into acid. Eventually this acid
becomes vinegar. Having the right bacteria cultures in your solution is crucial while it's forming and rates
right up there with timing and performing a controlled fermentation. When you make your own
personal vinegar be sure you have an acidity level of no less than 4%. This is an absolute necessity for
ensuring your vinegar is able to preserve itself over time.
There are many applications and uses for vinegar. The most common use if in cooking and making salad
dressings. You can also use vinegar in canning and for pickling food. Due to its acidic nature, it is great
for preserving meats, vegetables, and even fruits. As mentioned above, it also makes a great cleaner.
You can run it through your coffee maker and then run water behind it to thoroughly clean your
machine. It will do a good job on cleaning glass and counter tops as its acid cuts right through grease and
can kill germs.
(1). To put it bluntly and answer the question of 'does apple cider vinegar go bad' once and for all, the
answer is still an emphatic "No".
(2). Changes in color or hue are natural and in no way mean that your vinegar is going bad or spoiling.
(3). If it develops a haze or begins to contain some sediment, this too is natural and again does not mean
it is going bad or is no longer good for use.
(4). If it develops a 'mother' it is merely harmless bacteria that you can wipe away and it is not in
indication that your vinegar is spoiling.