The problem is that the top aged balsamic vinegar is very expensive per bottle. Do what chefs do. Chefs have learned to do as the Italians do – reduce your inexpensive balsamic vinegar with a little brown sugar to make Faux Aged Balsamic Vinegar. It is a good second! Fortunately I have an easy recipe to recreate this at home if you have the ingredients.
Aged Balsamic Vinegar, or as it is known in Italy as Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale Vinegar, accumulates its flavor in a variety of wooden casks for as long as one hundred years. The result is a very concentrated dark brown, thick sweet vinegar, and it is a great luxury.
Faux Aged Balsamic Vinegar Recipe:
Source: I slightly adapted this recipe by cookbook author Julee Rosso. Julee and her husband, Bill, own the Wickwood Inn in Saugatuck, MI.
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