Balsamic Vinegar Reduction
How many times have you looked at the ingredients list of a recipe you are planning to make and found that you need balsamic vinegar reduction? Not to worry, this is pretty simple to make at home. All you need is some balsamic vinegar and 15 minutes. And one more thing, kind of important – the smell is strong, so you might want to do it when you are home alone and keep the windows open.
Balsamic vinegar reduction is the thicker version of balsamic vinegar, where it is cooked down and reduced in half. The balsamic flavor comes out stronger, when vinegar is reduced and it also tastes sweeter. You can use it on salads, grilled vegetables or even desserts.
I only reduced a cup of balsamic vinegar to half a cup, but you can double the amount and make more.
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- In a small deep pan pour balsamic vinegar. Cook over low to medium heat, until vinegar reduces by at least a half. It takes around 15 minutes for 1 cup to reduce to 1/2 cup.
- When balsamic vinegar reduction reaches the desired consistency, remove from heat and let cool at room temperature.
- Store in a jar, bottle or air tight container in the fridge.
Making your own balsamic vinegar is also a lot cheaper than buying a tiny jar of it from the store and not all stores carry the reduced version anyways!