Get A Better Understanding Of ‘True’ Balsamic Vinegar

The authentic Balsamic Vinegar, also known as 'True', is an artisan product that hails from Modena in Emilia Romagna. It is made with grape juice, which is then simmered and allowed to ferment for at least 12 years.

After this, it is matured in barrels that are gradually decreasing in size. These barrels can be made from different woods to impart the various flavours. It is dark, sweet and syrupy and can be used for a while.

The real thing will also be marked with 'tradizionale’ and/or DOC, and it will be more expensive. The less expensive, but still industrially produced 'aceto balsamico de Modena' can be purchased. It uses both vinegar and grape must, but it's not as strong as the original.

Balsamic Vinegar is Available

Always search for the term tradizionale/DOC and aceto balsamico de Modena to find authentic Balsamic Vinegar. Most affordable Balsamic Vinegars will masquerade as one of the above. They will have been flavoured and coloured with caramel, which is fine for dressings and glazes but will lack the authentic intensity of flavor.

Storing Balsamic Vinegar

We recommend that your Balsamic Vinegar be stored in a dark, cool cupboard.

Balsamic Vinegar: Cooking Ideas

Just a few drops Balsamic Vinegar can be added to ripe strawberries, well-aged slices of parmesan cheese, or very good vanilla ice cream.

Apply aceto Balsamico di Modena balsamic Vinegar to roast chicken breasts or duck breasts.