Balsamic vinegar is a dark and sweet-smelling vinegar that adds dimension to a whole range of sweet and savory dishes.
Balsamic vinegar is the perfect combination of sweetness and tartness, which makes for a wonderful syrupy mouth feel!
What is it: It originates from Italy and is traditionally made from the reduction and pressing of Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes. It is typically aged to intensify the sweet and sour elements of cooked grape juice.
Why we love it: We love balsamic vinegar because it is so versatile. With its amazing balance between sweet and tart it is a great addition to main dishes, dressing and even some desserts.
What makes it even greater? Well, balsamic vinegar contains no fat, making it a great choice for those trying to maintain a low-fat diet.
When and where to buy it: Balsamic vinegar is carried in grocery stores during all seasons of the year. It is easily accessible in most grocery stores and even some farmer’s markets!
Preparation tips: Balsamic vinegar can be used in salad dressing, reductions, marinades and sauces. It can help enhance the flavor of meat products such as pork, and pairs beautifully with different fruits and vegetables like strawberries and arugula.
Here are some recipes that use balsamic vinegar, give them a try!
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