Balsamic Vinegar is Aged Wine. The More Complex the Balsamic Vinegar Going into Your Dishes, the More Complex the Flavors Coming Out of Them.
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Balsamic Vinegar is an aged wine vinegar. Balsamic Vinegar is made in the style of "Modena" and "Reggio Emilia" provinces of Italy, from the concentrated juice (or “must”) of wine grapes. Balsamic is visually dark, smells powerfully aromatic and tastes both sweet and tart.

Balsamic Vinegar is an excellent ingredient, for all sorts of cooking! Balsamic, is typically used as a sauce on its own.

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Production

A high quality product is aged six or more years in a succession of casks made of various types of wood (including oak, mulberry, chestnut, cherry, juniper, ash & acacia).

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Purchasing

With modern grocery distribution, good quality Balsamic Vinegars is readily available. However, you have to know how to look. If the balsamic says, caramel or sugar on the ingredients label, move on. Caramel or sugar additives is a clear sign, the balsamic is processed and won't have good flavor.

The best and most expensive Balsamic Vinegars, which have Protected Geographical Designation, come from Italy and are aged 12 to 25 years. The commercial balsamic vinegars sold in most supermarkets are typically made with concentrated grape juice mixed with a strong vinegar, which is then laced with caramel & sugar. Good Italian or artisanal producers’ balsamic vinegars are a preferred source for fine balsamic vinegars.

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Nutritional Value

Nutritional Value USDA
VINEGAR,BALSAMIC
Amount Per 100g
Calories 88
%Daily Value*
 
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
1%
Sodium 23mg
2%
Potassium 112mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate 17g
0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 14g
Protein 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes