How to Make the Perfect Balsamic Reduction Glaze

by Krista on July 15, 2013 · 18 comments

How to: A Balsamic Reduction

Ok, folks I know that most people are fans of Balsamic Vinegar. But the real question is, what kind do you buy? Do you buy a good one? Or do you buy the $2.49 one off the shelf in your grocery store? True Confession: I use to buy the cheapo one off the shelf not knowing the drastic difference in taste and not wanting to spend the money to get a “good” Balsamic Vinegar. But with the amount of times I use it for dressing, marninades, and so forth I really should have bought a higher quality Balsamic Vinegar.

Well, I am proud to say that on a date night with my hubbie one night we stopped in a store called Oil & Vinegar. OMG!!! Coolest store ever! They have all different kinds of … you guess it.. Oil & Vinegar. In fact, when you walk in there is this huge wall filled with “taps” of all the different oils & vinegars. You just grab a fun shaped bottle with the desired mL size you want and fill ‘er up!

Oil & Vinegar

Picture taken from www.oilandvinegarusa.com

So, after purchasing my amazing bottle of aged Balsamic Vinegar I have been thinking up all kinds of recipes!

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The first on the list was a Balsamic Reduction! Have you ever tasted a good Balsamic Reduction? You usually see it drizzled over a dish to add an extra dimension of flavor. It adds so much to any dish and when you reduce the vinegar down it becomes very concentrated and sweet. It is absolute deliciousness on a plate and super easy to make.

To get started, pour 1 cup of good balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan.

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Turn heat to medium high and bring vinegar to a boil.

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Once boiling, reduce to simmer {low heat with small bubbles along the edges}and let simmer for about 10 minutes until vinegar has reduced down. Stir occasionally. You will know it has reduced if it coats the back of spoon. {be sure to keep an eye on it because it can burn quickly}

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Let reduction cool and serve or transfer to a air tight container and store in refrigerator. {if reduction hardens after being in refrigerator for too long just place container in a bowl filled with warm water to heat up the reduction}

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Can be served with a caprese salad, grilled peaches, bread, or whatever you want. You could just drink it if you like… its that good! :)

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How to Cook: A Balsamic Reduction

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 3/4 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of good balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Pour balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan.
  2. Turn heat to medium high and bring vinegar to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, reduce to simmer and let simmer for about 10 minutes until vinegar has reduced down. Stir occasionally. {be sure to keep an eye on it because it can burn quickly} You will know it is done if it coats the back of spoon.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Let reduction cool and serve or transfer to an air tight container and store in refrigerator. {if reduction hardens after being in refrigerator for too long just place container in a bowl filled with warm water to heat up the reduction}
  6. Can be served with a caprese salad, grilled peaches, bread, or whatever you want. You could just drink it if you like... its that good! :)
http://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/balsamic-reduction/

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Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen July 15, 2013 at 5:42 PM

I love all things Balsamic Vinegar!!! Great tips on making a reduction!

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Krista July 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Me too! In fact, it is starting to become an obsession! :) Sooo good. Thanks for stopping by and the sweet comments.

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Laura @ The Rookie Cook July 15, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Yummy – I just made my first balsamic reduction for my caprese panini!

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Krista July 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Yum! I love caprese sandwiches, well actually anything caprese and with the balsamic reduction its amazing. Thanks for stopping by Laura! By the way, actually just bought the pinch of yum book. Super excited! :)

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Cindy Eikenberg July 16, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Great post, Krista! We love balsamic and you are SO right….it is totally worth the investment to buy the good stuff :) That store sounds awesome! Such a wonderful idea to share how to make a reduction…pinning and thanks for sharing! Happy Tuesday!

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Krista July 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM

The store really is awesome, plus they have tons of other fun stuff there outside of just oil and vinegar. :) After making this reduction, I am officially hooked and put it on everything now. :) YUm! Thanks for sharing, always love seeing your sweet comments.

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Adelina Priddis July 20, 2013 at 3:22 PM

What a fun store!! I’ve never done a balsamic reduction, but now I’ll have to try it.

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Krista July 21, 2013 at 8:39 AM

It is so fun! Definitely could spend a couple of hours in there. I hope you like the reduction. :)

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Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon July 22, 2013 at 12:47 AM

I love balsamic. I will be on the lookout – they have a store in Valencia.

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Krista July 22, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Awesome! You will love the store.. definitely moving up on my favorite list. :)

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lisa@cookingwithcurls July 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I wish I could get “good” balsamic vinegar in Iowa! I really need to move to a real city :) Looks wonderful Krista. I just buy a balsamic glaze….some day!

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Krista July 22, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Me too! It is so worth it.. they do have a couple of good ones in our grocery store. But this oil & vinegar store is just fun to go in. :) hehe…

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Michele July 22, 2013 at 10:27 PM

I have always wondered how to do this but I’ve never bothered to look it up. Thanks so much for posting at From the Farm Blog Hop – that’s where I saw your post.

Cheers,
Michee

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Krista July 23, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Michele it is so easy… I was shocked at how easy it was the first time I made it and it definitely delivers on flavor. Thanks for stopping by From the Farm. :)

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