1. What is at the bottom of my Apple Cider Vinegar container??
The Mother! Our Apple Cider Vinegar is both raw and unfiltered; which is to say, the mother culture of acetic bacteria that is used to convert hard apple cider to vinegar is still live 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 applesauce shelf life once opened?
We are proud to make applesauce that is free of preservatives. The usual “after opening” shelf life is 1 to 2 weeks. Good housekeeping and safe food handling can extend that time quite a bit. An easy rule of thumb is if you are unsure, error on the side of caution and discard.
Obvious signs of spoilage are:
White, green, blue or brown mold growing on the surface of the applesauce
Bubbling, noticeable air pockets, or a fermented smell means yeast have begun to convert the sugars in the applesauce to alcohol
If any of these conditions exist, discard the product.
3. 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.
4. Does the apple cider vinegar need to be refrigerated after opening?
No, the straight apple cider vinegar does not need to be refrigerated after opening. However, we do recommend that all of our Apple Cider Vinegar based products, such as our Sipping & Drinking Vinegars are refrigerated after opening.
5. 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 applesauce have been certified by our supplier, Spartec Plastic Packaging, to be free of even trace amounts of Bisphenol A.
6. Is your applesauce free of tree nuts?
YES! Our products and facility are FREE of treenuts.
7. Is your applesauce free of Peanuts?
YEP, those allergens aren’t in our production facility either.
8. Is your applesauce Gluten Free?
YES! Our product is Gluten Free. We do not use any ingredients that contain gluten and our facility does not process any items that contain gluten.
9. Are you Kosher Certified?
YES! We are Star Kosher certified. The details of our standards can be found on their website.
10. What is the role of Vitamin C?
We have found over years of nutritional testing that most of our applesauce 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 a a nutritional supplement , nor do we make any claims as such. Vitamin C is very sensitive to heat and most natural occurring and added forms are destroyed during our pasteurization process.
11. Is your applesauce 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 99.7% organic; we add Vitamin C (.01%) and some natural flavors(.02%) to our batches and thus fall under the 95% organic label.
12. 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. Who owns Vermont Village Applesauce?
The owners and shareholders of Vermont Village Applesauce are the gourmet cooks that use it for recipes, the moms and dads who are relentless in providing the best for their families, the Vermonters that support small local businesses, the owners of the orchards where we source our apples and the hard working employees who are dedicated to the quality and integrity of our products.