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Frequently Asked Questions

What does the term "50 grains" mean on the Heinz® Vinegar label?

Who buys Heinz® Vinegar?

How long does vinegar stay fresh?

Why are vinegars distilled? Pasteurized?

What are the nutritional benefits of Heinz® Vinegar?

Are Heinz® Vinegars gluten-free?

What does the term "50 grains" mean on the Heinz® Vinegar label?

A vinegars "grain" is a number used to specify its acetic content. Grain is 10 times the percent of acetic acid present. For example, all Heinz® bottled vinegars are at least 50 grains, which means they contain at least 5 percent acetic acid and are called 5 percent vinegars. It's important that vinegars are 5 percent, because this amount of acetic acid is necessary for safe and efficient food preservation and household use.

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Who buys Heinz® Vinegar?

Ninety percent of American Households buy vinegar. Consumers in the Pacific and mid-Atlantic states buy the most vinegar, perhaps because of the great interest in salad and gourmet cooking in metropolitan areas. During the lat summer (July- September), vinegar sales peak as consumers purchase gallons of vinegar for use in pickling and food preservation. The most popular food uses of vinegar are (1) salads (2) as a cooking ingredient and (3) for pickling and home canning.

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How long does vinegar stay fresh?

If you handle vinegar properly, it is quite shelf stable. The shelf life can vary, however, depending on the type, container, packing method, storage and transportation. White distilled vinegars remain virtually unchanged for an almost indefinite period. Other vinegars may change over time, with respect to color and clarity. But the change is generally in appearance only, not taste.

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Why are vinegars distilled? Pasteurized?

Vinegars are filtered and pasteurized to make them sparkling clear. Better-quality aged wine, cider or malt vinegars are often left unfiltered and unpasteurized, in which case the bacteria will form at the top and sometimes sink to the bottom.

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What are the nutritional benefits of Heinz®Vinegar?

Heinz® Vinegar is low in calories and carbohydrates. A cup of Heinz® Apple Cider Vinegar has 34 calories, a trace of protein, no fat and 1.4 milligrams of iron. The most appreciated mineral in Apple Cider Vinegar is potassium, at 240 milligrams. Distilled White Vinegar has 36 milligrams of potassium.

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Are Heinz® Vinegars gluten-free?

Some Heinz® Vinegar’s are gluten free. Heinz® Distilled White Vinegar and Apple Cider Flavored Vinegar are sourced from corn, not from wheat, rye, barley, or oats. Wine Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar are sourced from grapes and apples, respectively, not grains.

However, Heinz Malt Vinegar, Salad Vinegar and Tarragon Vinegars are NOT gluten free because they all
contain barley.

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