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Oct 8, 2013 06:31 AM

Chiangkang Vinegar question....

I found a bottle of Chiangkang vinegarin my cupboard and realized that it's a few years old. Completely forgot about it! Can I still use it should I get another bottle? Thanks!

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  1. does it have floating things?

    1. Looks OK? Smells OK?

      Probably is OK. Vinegar is inherently a preservative.

      That said, I usually take notice of any "use by" date on things. Not slavishly, of course.

      1. did you open it? If you didnt, no issue.
        If you did, it could have evaporated and got stronger. Or, sometimes, vinegars form a mother and the effect is to become sort of watery.

        Seriously, I had a bottle of this vinegar that lasted more than a decade, Id estimate and it wasnt even tightly capped.. If it is palatable, I would not sweat the issue.

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        1. re: jen kalb

          No floating things. :) It looks ok and smells ok BUT I opened it. Don't remember when. I'll probably try it. Thanks all!

          1. re: wench31

            it should be fine. Most vinegars will keep a very long time. Soy sauce is another thing again - it doesnt spoil but the flavor deteriorates with time.