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Dry vermouth

tall sarah Jan 23, 2007 10:23 AM

How long does it last? Is 5 years (opened) ok? Should it have been refrigerated? I only need 2/3 cup for cooking with it & don't want to buy a new bottle or use a cup of white wine instead (that, I prefer to drink).


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    Sacto_Damkier RE: tall sarah Jan 23, 2007 10:28 AM

    If is has been opened and not refrigerated, it is likely flavored vinegar. Depending on the recipe, you can probably find a cheap vermouth that will taste much better than the old stuff. White wine may work, again depending on the recipe.

    1. fafner RE: tall sarah Jan 23, 2007 10:29 AM

      Vermouth will oxidize once opened. An open bottle will go bad after 2-3 months tops. An open bottle in the fridge will last probably 8-10 months. If you are just using to cook it it could be ok, but will probably have a slightly off flavor.

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        zin1953 RE: tall sarah Jan 24, 2007 05:20 AM

        Opened for five years and not refrigerated? Throw it away!

        If you won't drink it, don't cook with it.

        1. HaagenDazs RE: tall sarah Jan 24, 2007 06:13 AM

          ANY wine should be refrigerated after it's opened. I'm amazed at how many people don't know that.

          We're not talking about port, BTW. That will last for quite a while unless it's a vintage bottle.

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            zin1953 RE: HaagenDazs Jan 24, 2007 09:05 AM

            Porto, too, will lose aromatics -- especially older Tawny Porto or Colheitas. About the only thing I've found that doesn't suffer from being open over an extended period of time is Madiera.

          2. Robert Lauriston RE: tall sarah Jan 24, 2007 11:09 AM

            I've never had long-opened vermouth turn to vinegar or even taste bad.

            Interesting question how it differs from a fresh bottle. I'll try to remember to compare next time we're running out.

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              Up With Olives RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 26, 2007 11:19 AM

              Old/poorly stored vermouth is one reason your Manhattan or martiini may taste off or odd in a bar that doesn't use vermouth often.

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