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Does vinegar expire?

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Vinegar has an almost indefinite shelf life when it is stored properly. Vinegar is self-preserving due to its acid content and does not expire. While vinegar may change color or develop a haze over time, it is still good and can still be consumed.

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Vinegar with added ingredients, such as fruit, may need to be replaced after several years because its flavor can change. The best way to store vinegar is in a cool, dry place, such as a cabinet or pantry. Vinegar should also be kept in its original container with the lid tightly closed. Vinegar does not need to be refrigerated.

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