Balsamic vinegar has become a popular ingredient for foodies and people who are health-conscious. Since it is so versatile, it is such a wonderful addition to any kitchen. Today, let’s take a look at where balsamic vinegar originated, its uses, and more.
What Is Balsamic Vinegar
Balsamic vinegar is a dark brown vinegar with unique, intense, complex flavours and a tart aftertaste. It is made from grape must which is crushed grape juice, skins, seeds, and stems included. The best balsamic vinegars can takes months or even years to age them in wooden barrels.
Where Did Balsamic Vinegar Originate
In the 11th century during the Este family’s Duchy in Emilia-Romagna, they started making refined wood aged vinegars such as balsamic vinegar. The ruling class used balsamic vinegar as a remedy to the plague during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance.
The traditional process of making balsamic vinegar was considered an art and it had plenty of use so it continued to be an important part of life in Modena and Reggio even after the decline of the Este family.
It wasn’t until about 1980, however, that some chefs in Italy discovered the balsamic vinegar’s complex taste which suited modern Mediterranean cuisine. It rose so much in popularity that local producers couldn’t keep up with the production.
Uses for Balsamic Vinegar
Balsamic vinegar is very versatile since it can be used in different kinds of dishes. The key is to keep it simple to maintain the unique tastes of balsamic vinegar.
- Salad dressing - This is perhaps the most common way to use balsamic vinegar. It makes vegetables simply irresistible. Create yourself uber delicious Balsamic Vinaigrette.
- Marinade - Next time you’re making a marinade, switch your acidic component to our Australian-made balsamic.
- Soup - If you’ve never tried balsamic vinegar in your soup, then you’re missing out. It’s a great addition to certain types of soups, especially ones with a tomato base. Towards the end of the cooking process, just add a bit of balsamic vinegar to bring all the flavours together.
- Sandwich - A bit of balsamic vinegar can do wonders in sandwiches. You can either add it to your sandwich spread or make a balsamic glaze.
- Drizzle - You can use balsamic vinegar as a finishing touch to your dishes.
- Dip - All you need is some crusty bread and one of our deliciousEextra Virgin Olive Oil and our Caramelised Balsamic's for an easy but healthy appetiser.
- Dessert - The sweet and tangy flavours of our Australian-made balsamic vinegar perfectly complements some desserts. Our Caramelised Fig, Honey and Vanilla Balsamic with Strawberries is perfect on its own, served with a pound cake, or over ice cream.
- Drinks - Okay, so balsamic vinegar drinks might sound dodgy but don’t knock it ‘till you’ve tried it. Whether it’s a Bloody Mary or a Strawberry Bellini, balsamic vinegar will level up your cocktail game.