Making your own balsamic glaze is a cinch for seasoned cooks. But, if you are beginning your journey (or are in the middle of it, like me!) to becoming an avid home cook then you may not know about this delicious and easy way to turn basic balsamic vinegar into a culinary marvel. It is actually quite simple and just takes a little bit of time.
I decided to try with a cheap bottle of balsamic vinegar that I’d had in the back of my cupboard being unused because I didn’t like the flavor very much. I have a more expensive, organic balsamic vinegar that I use for my other homemade dressings. But, I figured if I could turn that cheap version of balsamic vinegar into something delicious then this technique must be something special!
Here’s what you will need.
- 1 1/2 cups or 375 ml of balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon or 15 mg of palm (coconut) sugar (or you can substitute honey)
- Pour your vinegar and palm sugar or honey into a sauce pan.
- Bring the vinegar and sweetener to a boil.
- Stir to dissolve the sweetener.
- Turn the heat down to a simmer.
- Let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes. You want the vinegar to reduce by at least half. If you want a more syrupy glaze, let it go longer. The more it reduces, the sweeter the glaze and the thicker the consistency.
Once your glaze has reduced and is now at the consistency you like, wait for it to cool and then store it in an airtight, preferably, glass container. You can use this delicious glaze on meats, salads and even ice-cream! A word of warning, though, it’s addicting!
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