What's Growing In My Vinegar????

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by markv, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. markv

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    Dear friends:

    I have this bottle of Champagne vinegar that I think is about a year old. The other day I noticed this fuzzy dust-bunny looking thing floating near the bottom of the bottle. Has the vinegar gone bad? I thought vinegar had a long shelf life because of the acidity? Can I pour it through a fine strainer and still use it? It smells OK. I have another bottle of vinegar, unopened, but not new, and it has a baby floater in it. Anybody know what these critters are?

    Mark
     
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  3. suzanne

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    Yup: not a baby, but a mother. Mother of vinegar. In fact, I think that if you add that to a bottle of wine, it will help turn the wine into vinegar, but in a controlled way (not as can happen if you leave it exposed to air for too long).
     
  4. markv

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    Thank you guys. I never knew this about vinegar.

    I'm glad I can just filter it and continue to use it.

    Mark