Where Ancient History Meets Dinner and Dessert
Balsamic glaze is one of the most versatile and easy-to-use food items ever made available. It has a wide flavor profile and has so many applications that it should be considered a standard to stock in residential and commercial kitchens.
Are you unfamiliar with the many uses of balsamic vinegar? Whether you are a budding chef curious about how to use balsamic vinegar in your kitchen, or a seasoned veteran who wants to know more about this remarkable ingredient with a rich, ancient history, you are in good company! Read on to learn more about this amazing product.
The History of Vinegar
Vinegar itself was discovered over 10,000 years ago, allegedly in Babylonia, when it was revealed that undisturbed grape juice ferments to produce wine, and after secondary fermentation, vinegar.
Since that time, the Babylonians have used vinegar as a condiment and food preservative, the Romans enjoyed it as a beverage, and the ancient Greeks used it to pickle meat and vegetables. It is claimed to have medicinal and healing properties that even science has yet to completely understand.
It’s also interesting to note that vinegar became an exclusively commercial product around 4000 B.C.—that’s a very long history of commercialization!
What is balsamic glaze?
Balsamic glaze, also known as balsamic syrup and balsamic reduction, is the result of heating balsamic vinegar to reduce the product to a syrupy consistency. It leaves the flavors highly concentrated and therefore very flavorful.
Balsamic vinegar products produced in Modena, Italy receive a special distinction due to their historical practices of production, and are protected by a designation of origin (PDO) issued by the European Union in April 2000. Balsamic vinegar not produced in Modena cannot carry the phrase “of Modena” on the product label.
What foods go well with balsamic glaze?
Balsamic glaze is useful in foods ranging from appetizers to desserts. It’s primarily used in Mediterranean based foods, but is also commonly found topping a wide range of food options—from chicken to ice cream.
Balsamic glaze is easy to work with because it brings a wonderful sweet and sour combination to a variety of foods, increasing the flavor complexity of your favorite dish with very little effort.
Gourmet Italian’s product line of balsamic glazes include flavors such as fig, blood orange, lemon, sun-dried tomato, strawberry, truffle, cinnamon, and many more, so the possibilities are almost endless!
Who might like to cook with balsamic glaze?
Anyone can successfully cook with balsamic glaze and produce amazing results! Plus the variety of flavor options available mean even an amateur cook can produce sophisticated dishes with very little effort. You simply need to use it!
Where can I find balsamic glaze?
You can find balsamic glaze here at Gourmet Italian.