Culinary Fake-Out: Aged Balsamic Vinegar

May 19, 2014 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

Real aged balsamic vinegar is simply magnificent; aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 12 years and up to 25 years or more.

This super thick and syrupy elixir with a deep brown color and sweet and sour complex flavor is one of the shining stars of the culinary world; it is also one of the most expensive, right up there with fresh truffles and saffron. But, with a few simple ingredients, you can create a pretty good fake-out with your favorite grocery store balsamic vinegar and a pinch of sugar. When the real thing just isn’t a REALITY…try making this and drizzling it over grilled vegetables, fish, steak or one of my favorite ways..over a bowl of perfectly ripe strawberries. Watch my video demonstration here. Deliziosa!