How to Choose Balsamic Vinegar
Balsamic vinegar comes in all grades, prices and ages, and it can be difficult to know which one to buy for your dishes. Whether you choose a syrupy, pricey 25-year-old bottle to be used sparingly on its own or a more budget-friendly, young version for mixing in vinaigrettes, Curtis Stone shares his trade secrets for picking the best balsamic for your needs.
Step 1: Never Caramel
Check your ingredients; never buy a balsamic with caramel added--- adding caramel is a shortcut.
Step 2: Old and Thick
The older the balsamic the thicker it will be. Some older balsamic vinegar can cost hundreds of dollars so use younger ones for dressings and the older ones more sparingly.
Step 3: Reduce
If you want a sweeter, thicker balsamic but can afford it try reducing a more affordable one--- just make sure to use one with no sugar added.
Items You'll Need
- Balsamic Vinegar