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Old 07-26-2005, 08:13 PM   #11
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Balsamic! So good!!!
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Old 07-26-2005, 08:16 PM   #12
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A good homemade red wine vinegar, blasamic, the thick kind, champagne, sherry, rice wine, just about any really, I use them for different things and love them all. For fried fish I use malt vinegar instead of a tartare sauce.

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Old 07-27-2005, 01:21 AM   #13
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I didn't know there was a white balsamic, but that makes total sense! Can anyone provide a good brand name/source of white balsamic?

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Old 07-27-2005, 01:23 AM   #14
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Okay, that's it! I'm off to Trader Joes for a bottle!

Thanks kitchenelf!!!
Trader Joe's has it, jkath? I am going there this weekend. Maybe I will pick up a bottle.
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Old 07-27-2005, 11:31 AM   #15
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This is just an FYI, not a criticism....


Many commercial "balsamic" vinegars aren't real balsamic vinegar because they are made from regular wine vinegar with grape must added (and sometimes coloring and sugar). Most common "balsamics" of this type are made with red wine, must and carmel coloring. "White balsamics" are made with white wine.

Real balsamic vinegar is not made with red or white wine vinegar. It's made from the must of white trebbiano grapes, cooked down and aged in wooden barrels.

In fact, some of the so-called balsamics in the supermarket contain no must at all, but are red wine vinegars with coloring and sugar added. Always look for must in the ingredient list. If it's not there, don't buy it.

Real aged balsamic vinegar is usually quite expensive and is often used as a condiment and not in salad dressing, marinades, etc.

The supermarket balsamics (wine and must) have beaten out real balsamics in taste tests, however, so no one should hesitate to use them. Just make sure you read the label and buy one that contains grape must.
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:07 PM   #16
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What I consider the bests balsamic I have contains wine vinegar, concentrated grape must, cooked grape must, and a coloring - listed in that order.

Two bottles don't have any ingredients listed but one tells you HOW they make balsamic vinegar - just doesn't say THEY make it that way! lol

jenny - does the first one sound authentic even with the colourant caramel as they have it listed?

Can't find my white balsamic - must have used it all.
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Old 07-27-2005, 01:09 PM   #17
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Here's what mine says on the back label of my "Monari Federzoni":

Ingredients: Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
Product of Italy
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Old 07-28-2005, 02:26 AM   #18
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jkath - I've got a bottle of "Green Label" balsamic from Monari and the ingredients listed on the back at the bottom of the label are: "Produced from grapes - contains sulfites" ... no mention of caramel coloring or added sugars.

I found Monari's website to be an interesting read: http://www.monarifederzoni.com/eng/azienda.htm
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Old 07-28-2005, 09:35 AM   #19
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Thanks Michael! I particularly liked reading the recipes - who'd have thought to put balsamic in a glaze for upsidedown apple cake?
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It adds a certain 'something' when sprinkled on strawberries - so it probably would add something to an apple cake, too.
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