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Old 10-08-2006, 02:29 AM   #1
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How do I Caramelize Balsamic Vinegar?

Hi everyone. Just found this site while searching for the answer to my question on Caramelized Balsamic Vinegar.

I've got a big bottle of Balsamic Vinegar which is pretty runny and I want to get it into a nice thick caramelized cosistency.

Anybody know how this can be done?

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Old 10-08-2006, 03:00 AM   #2
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All you do is pour some into a pot, heat to boiling/simmering until thickened. Don't get it too thick because as it cools it will thicken more and you'll be cutting it out of your pot . I would give you times but it depends on how much you do at one time. I've done this many times but never paid attention to amounts or times.

All basic balsamic is runny. The aged balsamic is thicker and sweeter. The reducing as described above will sweeten it up also.
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Old 10-08-2006, 03:05 AM   #3
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Thanks Kitchenelf, I suspected it would be as easy as that, as I am pretty sure I've seen chefs do it in the kitchen of the cafe I waitressed at, but I just wanted to make sure I didn't have to add anything or do something special. I'll try it out straight away!
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Yep, it's that easy! It's great drizzled on cut up strawberries. I love to make a salad of a mesclun mix, blueberries, strawberries, red onion, almonds, fresh cubed mozzarella and drizzle with reduced balsamic. It's also good to drizzle some on salmon when grilling.
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Old 10-08-2006, 03:12 AM   #5
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Oh yum, that just sounds great! I might try that salad of yours, thanks for yet another tip. Me, living in Australia will just use it tonight to make a simple rocket & parmesan salad, which is really just rocket leaves, shaved parmesan cheese and olive oil and balsamic drizzle. It's a very popular side dish here and tastes great, you can add some toasted pinenuts for effect.
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Old 10-08-2006, 07:25 PM   #6
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Hi everyone. Just found this site while searching for the answer to my question on Caramelized Balsamic Vinegar.

I've got a big bottle of Balsamic Vinegar which is pretty runny and I want to get it into a nice thick caramelized cosistency.

Anybody know how this can be done?
Kitchenelf has said it all. Bring it to a boil, then simmer it, gently, until you have half the original quantity.
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Old 10-08-2006, 07:32 PM   #7
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i find that reducing by 3/4 and then adding in honey to help thicken it once it cools
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Old 10-09-2006, 05:12 AM   #8
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Try putting it into a small cooking pot. Heat, until most of the water evaporates. If this does not work, then try cooking it with sugar, stirring constantly, until it caramelizes.

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There now, just the kind of thing I'd never even think of without DC but just the kind of thing I'm now tempted to try. Thanks for asking your question, maccalicious.
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Reduce it by simmering, add about 1-2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar per cup of unreduced Balsimic. There are so many expensive aged balsimics you can have fun with your flavorings as you reduce. Remember, the Old Balsimics were aged in casks, which imparted tannin flavors too. Have fun. Paul
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