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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Balsamic Vinegar

So what is Balsamic vinegar?  You may be surprised to find out that it is not vinegar in the usual sense.  It is really a reduction of cooked white Trebbian grape juice. It has been made since the middle ages.  One reference goes back to 1050. Today there are three types of Balsamic.  Wikipedia has a great article on Balsamic Vinegar. Check it out at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balsamic_vinegar

If you have not used Balsamic you are missing a great taste.  Experiment with it and see what it can do. the older the vinegar the better. It gets sweeter and thicker the longer it ages.  It adds a depth of flavor to any dish and a vinaigrette made with balsamic and a really good Olive oil is wonderful.

Try it!!

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