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Old 12-23-2006, 01:18 PM   #1
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Balsamic Vinegar Questions

Hope I posted this in the appropriate catagory. What is a reasonably-priced, good quality/brand of Balsamic Vinegar? Has anyone tried this reduction method (link below) with good results? Also, what does commercial grade mean? Thanks in advance.

This is (one) recipe I would like to try for a party.

Anytime Balsamic Shrimp, Shrimp Recipes, Appetizer Recipe

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Old 12-23-2006, 01:26 PM   #2
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I have reduced balsamic vinegar many times, even topping fresh ice cream with it. One thing to remember is that anything extremely cheap is usually poor quality. I have not used the exact recipe for reducing the vinegar, but a few very similiar. I actually bought a small bottle of 20 year old balsamic vinegar for $40.00 yesterday and would just point out. If you are going to dilute the vinegar or change its flavor profile you don't need to spend $40.00 for 8 oz. Get a good 5-8 year old for $5.00 on up.
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Old 12-23-2006, 01:33 PM   #3
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Mish,
I have reduced balsamic vinegar many times, even topping fresh ice cream with it. One thing to remember is that anything extremely cheap is usually poor quality. I have not used the exact recipe for reducing the vinegar, but a few very similiar. I actually bought a small bottle of 20 year old balsamic vinegar for $40.00 yesterday and would just point out. If you are going to dilute the vinegar or change its flavor profile you don't need to spend $40.00 for 8 oz. Get a good 5-8 year old for $5.00 on up.
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Thank you, Mark. I have bought the cheap stuff & it just doesn't 'do it' for me. (Try it on watermelon w some feta & basil.) What brand do you recommend, & your reduction method/recipe (pretty please :-) ) TIA

Also, question about the Fleur de sol (salt), particular brand you like -- do you use it just as a finishing for dishes. Again, thank you. Happy Holidays.
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Old 12-23-2006, 01:52 PM   #4
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Since the recipe even gives a recipe for a faux balsamic, almost any of the supermarket varieties would do, I would think. Modena label. Looks like a great recipe.
Fleur de sel is definitely a last minute thing, at its price!
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Old 12-29-2006, 04:00 PM   #5
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Mark, thanks for the brand name. If it's $40 -- that's not in my price range. Any moderately priced GOOD quality balsamics & brand name/mod priced Fleur de Sol? Thanks in advance.

P.S. Re-thinking -- don't know that I want to mess with a reduction. Rather have the real thing ready to go.
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Old 12-29-2006, 04:25 PM   #6
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Have you tried trader joes? They sell a small bottle of balsamic with a red label on it for like $4. I got some and have been pretty happy with it so far.
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