09-17-2012, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by caliking
We traveled in Italy several years ago and fell in love with balsamic vinegar. It was usually thicker, almost syrupy compared to the usual balsamic vinegar found in grocery stores here. I hunted around a bit, and discovered the super pricy ones - like you said $150+ for a small bottle, depending on how many decades it had been aged. Those really tasted great! But then I read a tip in somewhere which said to buy an inexpensive balsamic vinegar and boil it down to about 2/3rd of the original volume. You could boil it down some more if you like a thicker consistency, or more robust flavor. That tip worked well for many years.
We just ran out of a small bottle of balsamic which we had bought for $40 off woot - it was very tasty and we enjoyed many caprese salads with it. But I will be trying the boiling down method again. The flavor and price were both right. However, you won't get bragging rights because you won't have a fancy, expensive balsamic in your pantry.
It worked for me, YMMV.
I have been reading about boiling down some vinegars to make them really delicious. It's definitely something I intend to try. Thanks!
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