Balsamic Vinegar, aceto balsamico, is the gastronomical specialty of the town of Modeno, Italy and is famous throughout the world. Its extraordinary flavor enriches the culinary arts. Authentic balsamic vinegar, made from wine must (unfermented grape juice), ages from one year to 25 years and longer.
How to Store Balsamic Vinegar and How to Cook It?
It acquires a brown color and mellow, sweet taste in wooden casks. The different woods contribute to its flavor. It has an intense flavor and should be used sparingly. Authentic balsamic vinegar is relatively expensive. On the other hand, balsamic aged for a shorter time is widely available. It is used in salad dressings and perks up sauces without the addition of excess sodium and calories. It is superb on strawberries producing an exceptionally pleasing flavor.
I think that there should be a place for balsamic vinegar in every kitchen. Inexpensive varieties of balsamic vinegar made from grape must and mixed with good quality vinegar are also widely available and are generally used in salad dressings.