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Old 09-21-2007, 03:29 PM   #1
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So my brother doesn't exactly know much about vinegar...

Ok, so I'm planning on going to my brother's place after work today for pulled pork sandwiches. I just got an email that reads something like this:
"Hey my recipe this morning called for 1/3 cup of cider vinegar. I didn't have any, so I used half white vinegar and half balsamic." LOL!
It's now supposedly cooking in his Crock Pot...I have no idea what this is gonna taste like...

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Old 09-21-2007, 03:30 PM   #2
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It will be fine. You guys may have discovered the next great taste sensation to sweep the country!
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Old 09-21-2007, 03:34 PM   #3
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Yeah I think that might actually be very interesting. I would happily volunteer to try it.
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That doesn’t sound too bad! I love balsamic vinegar and often eat it plain over a green salad (not a vinaigrette, just Balsamic vinegar!). I’d try it. In fact.....I might whip some up soon and see how it is.
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Old 09-21-2007, 03:44 PM   #5
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Hey ya'll, what's the difference between balsamic and regular white distilled vinegar (besides the taste)?
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Hey ya'll, what's the difference between balsamic and regular white distilled vinegar (besides the taste)?
White vinegar is made by oxidizing distilled alcohol. It could also me made by simply mixing acetic acid with water. It’s clear in appearance.

Balsamic vinegar is made my mashing white grapes and boiling them down to a syrup that is then aged and fermented (along with a vinegar mother) for several years (at least the good stuff is) in wooden barrels......although commercial vinegars may be aged 6 months in stainless steel vats before being moved to wooden barrels. The type of wood the barrell is made from affects the taste of the vinegar.

Good aged Balsamic can be aged anywhere from 10 to 25 years. It is dark in color, ranging from reddish to near perfect black. It has a very sweet flavor, and the good stuff (aged up to 50 years) can cost $500.00 a bottle. It is suggested you use those vinegars “by the drop”!
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Thanks keltin. I know balsamic tastes better to me but didn't know why.
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Old 09-21-2007, 04:20 PM   #8
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Most of the balsamic vinegars you find here are actually just regular vinegar with caramel coloring added.

The real stuff can be VERY expensive and VERY old (hundreds of years).
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Most of the balsamic vinegars you find here are actually just regular vinegar with caramel coloring added.

The real stuff can be VERY expensive and VERY old (hundreds of years).
I was wondering about that after keltin's posts. Maybe I've never actually had balsamic vinegar before if the stuff at the grocery store is generally "doctored up" regular vinegar. I think I've never paid more than $10 for a bottle of "balsamic" so maybe it wasn't the real thing. Can you elaborate on this?
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If you are only paying $10 then you have not had the real thing (not have I). Here is a starting point for some more info.
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