How do you pick that perfect Balsamic Vinegar to complement your dishes?
“There are many vinegar brands that say Balsamic Vinegar on the label but you need to take a closer look.” says Lenny Levy, the founder of Leonardo e Roberto’s Gourmet Blends. As the traditional European staple Balsamic has become more popular in the US — there are many new imitators. As you shop for that perfect balsamic keep these tips in mind.
1. Make sure you examine the ingredients. Does it say red wine vinegar and grape must? This is not pure balsamic vinegar — this is just what it says it is Red Wine Vinegar not Balsamic.
2. If it says 6% percent acid this also disqualifies it from being balsamic. It should read 4.5 percent.
3. Balsamic Vinegar is produced from white grapes (typically, Trebbiano grapes) and must be aged at least 12 years. This grape is grown in Northern Italy. True balsamic vinegar will have a thick pouring consistency.
Balsamic Vinegar pours thick like syrup and is so flavorful you only need to use a drizzle. The taste is so robust you will not need to use companion oils. Just a small amount expands the taste buds. You can use it on salads, meat and fish dishes, desserts and fruits. Once you’ve had a taste of the real thing you’ll never go back.
Enjoy our popular recipes with Balsamic Vinegar.