Can You Freeze Apple Cider Vinegar?

With its purported health benefits, apple cider vinegar has certainly become of those new trendy items to have stored in your cupboard.

But the question is can you freeze apple cider vinegar, how and does it affect the potential health benefits of it? Let’s find out!

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar can be frozen for around 1 year. The best way to do so is by using an ice cube tray to freeze cubes of vinegar which can then be stored in a bag.

How to Freeze Apple Cider Vinegar

We would recommend freezing your vinegar in an ice cube tray. This will give you the most flexibility when it comes to defrosting and using it:

  1. Fill an Ice Cube Tray
    First, take an ice cube tray and fill each slot up to around 80% of the way with vinegar.
  2. Wrap
    Wrap the tray in cling film (or place a lid on top if you have one) to keep the vinegar protected.
  3. Flash Freeze
    Place the tray in the freezer and allow it to freeze solid.
  4. Final Freeze
    Once frozen, you can remove it from the freezer and pop each cube out of the tray and into a bag for easier storage.

2 Tips for Freezing Apple Cider Vinegar

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 2 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing apple cider vinegar to have the best results:

  • Freeze in Cubes – You’ll only ever want a little amount of the vinegar so don’t freeze it in significant portions which you’ll have to refreeze continually. Instead, freeze it in cubes.
  • Don’t Bother… – No, really! Apple cider vinegar will last in your cupboard out of direct sunlight for over a year. Freezing it will not prolong this life and will only degrade the flavour, so you have to question whether there’s really any point.

How Long Can You Freeze Apple Cider Vinegar?

You can keep your apple cider vinegar frozen for up to 1 year. The problem is, the longer you freeze it, the more the flavour will degrade.

This is not a problem you have when you simply store it in the cupboard away from light, and it will keep for roughly the same amount of time.

This, therefore, begs the question: What’s the point in freezing apple cider vinegar in the first place?

You Can Freeze Apple Cider Vinegar for up to 1 Year

How Do You Defrost Apple Cider Vinegar?

To defrost you apple cider vinegar cubes, simply place them in a cup in the fridge to slowly thaw overnight. If you want to speed this process up, then place the cube of vinegar in a cup and then place into a bowl of warm water.

Can You Refreeze Apple Cider Vinegar?

Obviously, there’s no texture to degrade, but refreezing cider vinegar can impact one important aspect: The flavour. This is why we would strongly advise against refreezing apple cider vinegar as freezing it once will already degrade the flavour.

Does Apple Cider Vinegar Freeze Well?

With apple cider vinegar having a shelf life of around 2 years, it simply doesn’t make sense to freeze it. Not only does apple cider vinegar in the cupboard have a decent shelf life, but the frozen version isn’t even that good.

Yes, it will freeze. Yes, it will turn solid. But it can lose some of its potent tanginess. If you happen to have made your own, you can also ruin the mother you used to make it in the first place.

Would we recommend freezing apple cider vinegar? No, we actually wouldn’t for once.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing apple cider vinegar or in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Other Vinegar?

Well… Technically you can. Vinegar will freeze. But, much like apple cider vinegar, why bother?

Vinegar has an impressively long shelf life. Provided that you keep it stored away from extreme temperature changes and out of direct sunlight, then it will probably keep in your kitchen cupboard for a good year or two. Is it really worth the effort of freezing?

Does It Go Bad?

Like anything, it can, and it will eventually go bad. However, apple cider vinegar has a remarkably long shelf life, like most vinegar. It can be stored away from light for around a year or two.

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