Whether you’re a gourmet chef or a novice cook, it’s very important to ensure proper storage of your olive oils and balsamic vinegars for maximum taste and longevity! To help, we’ve put together our ultimate guide to caring for your oils and vinegars:
Part Two: Recommended Balsamic Vinegar Storage
Balsamic vinegar is an ideal cooking companion and can even complement your favorite olive oil. Once you’ve found your faves, what’s the best way to store your balsamic vinegars? Here are our top three storage tips:
- Keep it cool: Similar to olive oil, traditional balsamic vinegar must be stored in a cool place at room temperature, such as a cupboard or pantry (a wine cellar will also work if you have it!) Both extreme hot and cold temperatures are bad for your balsamics, and will rob them of their exquisite taste.
- Darkness reigns: Keeping your balsamic vinegar away from light as well as other pungent ingredients will also help maintain the complexity of its flavors. Although having your beautiful oils and vinegars out on your counter may be tempting, you’ll enjoy both much more when stored away from the light.
- Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Ok, maybe not the signed and delivered part, but the proper seal is imperative for storing your balsamic vinegar. A tightly sealed bottle will help prevent contaminants and maintain quality. We recommend using the original bottle it came in for long-term storage.
REMEMBER: If you follow these 3 storage tips, your balsamic vinegar can keep up to 2 1/2 years! Some oils and Balsamics may degrade sooner or store longer than recommendations! Curious about your favorite balsamic? Ask us next time you’re in!
No matter what kind of kitchen you’re cooking in, make sure you find the perfect storage place for your olive oils and balsamic vinegars for maximum enjoyment! Check out our Olive Oil Storage tips here.
Want some great tips on how to use your olive oils and balsamic vinegars? We have tons of great recipes for you to try!