1. What is at the bottom of my Apple Cider Vinegar container?
The Mother! Our Apple Cider Vinegar is both raw (another word for unpasteurized) and unfiltered; which is to say, the mother culture of acetic bacteria that is used to convert hard apple cider to vinegar is still alive in the bottle.
The mother can take several forms, from thin, string-like fibers, to something that sort of resembles a drum. This is 100% normal and is totally safe to consume.
2. What is the recommended serving of Apple Cider Vinegar per day?
We recommend 1-2 fluid ounces of apple cider vinegar per day. Many choose to mix their 1 fluid ounce of apple cider vinegar with 8 fluid ounces of water or seltzer water.
3. Does the Apple Cider Vinegar need to be refrigerated after opening?
NO! Our straight Apple Cider Vinegar does not need to be refrigerated after opening due to its high acidity. However, we do recommend that all of our vinegar-based products, such as our Sipping, Functional and Drinking Vinegars be refrigerated after opening, since these products contain additional ingredients.
4. Is your Apple Cider Vinegar pasteurized?
NO! All of our apple cider vinegar is Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Raw, Unfiltered, Unpasteurized and with the Mother.
5. How long can I keep my Sipping, Functional and Drinking Vinegars in the fridge after opening?
Sipping and Functional - up to 2 months
Drinking – up to 1 week
6. What is the Apple Sauce shelf life once opened?
We are proud to make apple sauce that is free of preservatives. Always refrigerate after opening! It will keep for 2 weeks after opening with proper refrigeration and handling. An easy rule of thumb is if you are unsure, err on the side of caution and discard it.
Obvious signs of spoilage are:
white, green, blue or brown mold growing on the surface of the apple sauce
bubbling, noticeable air pockets, or a fermented smell means yeast have begun to convert the sugars in the apple sauce to alcohol
If any of these conditions exist, discard the product.
7. Is there BPA in your plastic cups?
BPA continues to be a concern for informed consumers. There has been a great deal of confusion created by media stories about Bisphenol A and #7 plastics. The truth is that not all plastics labeled with a #7 recycling logo contain bisphenol A. The plastic cups in which we package our apple sauce have been certified by our supplier, Spartec Plastic Packaging, to be free of even trace amounts of Bisphenol A.
8. Is your Apple Sauce gluten free?
YES! Our product is gluten free. We do not use any ingredients that contain gluten and our facility does not process anything that contains gluten.
9. What is the role of Vitamin C?
We have found over years of nutritional testing that most of our apple sauce does not contain a significant daily value for Vitamin C. The Vitamin C that we add is a processing aid to reduce oxidation during cooking. It is not meant as a nutritional supplement, nor do we make any claims as such. Vitamin C is very sensitive to heat, and most naturally-occurring and added forms are destroyed during our pasteurization process.
10. Is your Apple Sauce 100% organic?
Almost. The USDA and Vermont Organic Farmers (our certifiers) specify that that if our product is between 100% and 95% organic we can only claim that we are 95% organic. In actuality we are 99.9% organic; we add Vitamin C (.01%) to our batches and thus fall under the 95% organic label.
11. Is Vermont Village an Allergen Free Facility?
YES! We take pride in owning and operating an Allergen Free facility. Our kettle cooked apple sauce, fruit spreads and vinegars are produced in buildings that only processes vinegar, fruit, fruit products, teas, charcoal, spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) and Vitamin C. These ingredients are by nature free of the top 7 allergens listed below. Additionally, we do not store or produce any items in our facility using those ingredients. We are proud of the integrity of our products and we take this commitment seriously. We are constantly monitoring our supply chain to ensure compliance with our Kosher, Organic and Non-GMO certifications, and we can guarantee that the products that we produce are pure and uncontaminated.
We do not process the following in any of our facilities:
- Crustacean Shellfish
- Tree Nuts
12. Are you Kosher Certified?
YES! Our production facilities are Star Kosher certified. The details of our standards can be found on their website.
The only Vermont Village product that is NOT Kosher certified is Beauty Boost Functional Vinegar, which contains non-Kosher collagen.
13. What are the details on your Organic Certification?
We are certified organic by the Vermont Organic Farmers LLC. The standards and practices that we use are found on their website.
14. What other products do you have?
We offer a variety of organic, Vermont Grown and vinegar-based products. Check out our PRODUCTS page for a full list!
15. Who owns Vermont Village?