What is Balsamic Vinegar?
Balsamic vinegar is a delicacy from the Italian provinces of Reggio Emilia and is still only made there in the traditional way to this day. Once upon a time balsamic vinegar was only fit for emperors and kings. Today, balsamic vinegar is commonly bought around the world and is a staple in most people’s pantries.
The way balsamic vinegar was made centuries ago it is still made today. The unfermented grape juice that is produced during winemaking is set aside and cooked slowly until it develops the consistency of syrup. During this process, the aromas, flavours and colour of the vinegar develop and deepened. The syrup is then transferred to wooden barrels, much like those used to make wine, where ferments and turns into vinegar which can take up to 12 years. However, not all balsamic vinegar are made this way.
Balsamic vinegar is adored by all that try it, from world renowned chefs to the humble family cook. From balsamic glaze to traditional vinegar, a bottle of balsamic can sell for as much as $200 for an ounce or for as little as $5 for a half-litre bottle.
Balsamic Vinegar Benefits
Other than great taste, there are several benefits to eating balsamic vinegar. The most well documented benefit is that it is known to lower chlosteral levels and improve your immune system due to its high antioxidant count.
Other benefits include:
- Improves your digestion
- Promotes weight loss
- Regulates blood sugar levels
- Improves heart health to curb heart disease
Balsamic Vinegar Uses
The uses of balsamic vinegar are endles. it is really up to you, your imagination and flavour preference to decide what you drizzle the vinegar over.
Our favourite uses of balsamic vinegar include
Mixed with olive oil and dukkha
Balsamic vinegar and olive oil are a matched made in heaven. Pair the mixture with a good quality freshly baked loaf of bread and you will be in antipasto heaven.
Drizzled over poached eggs
Nothing says cafe style poached eggs like a drizzle of balsamic on top. Turn your balsamic vinegar into a glaze by slowly boiling it in a small saucepan over medium heat with or without brown sugar. Added sugar will make the glaze thicker, but it is not necessary.
As a salad dressing
This one is a no brainer. Balsamic vinegar makes a luxurious salad dressing when paired with olive oil and herbs.
As a marinade
Whether you are baking tomatoes or a ham, balsamic vinegar is a delicious addition to your marinade.
Is Balsamic Vinegar Keto?
Yes, balsamic vinegar is perfectly fine to eat on a keto diet. There are practically no carbs in balsamic vinegar. Not only is balsamic vinegar appropriate to eat on a ketogenic diet, but it can also help curve carb cravings which aids with weight loss, and balance your sugar levels which helps with your cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
Balsamic Vinegar vs Red Wine Vinegar
Red wine vinegar only takes a year or two to ferment and is far less sweet than balsamic vinegar. It’s flavour is more prominently sharp and tangy, like a wine and it can be used as a balsamic substitute in salad dressings, sauces and marinades.
Balsamic Vinegar vs Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the best balsamic vinegar substitutes as they both provide similar minerals such as potassium and antioxidants. While balsamic vinegar has more trace minerals, apple cider vinegar can also help lower cholesterol while carrying similar tangy fruity notes.
Balsamic Vinegar vs Balsamic Vinaigrette
Vinaigrette is not a type of vinegar. Rather it is a concoction of multiple ingredients including balsamic vinegar. It has added sugar, mustard, salt, pepper and oil. Balsamic vinaigrette is a good option for those looking for a pre made salad dressing.
Where To Buy Balsamic Vinegar
Our Organic Date Balsamic Vinegar is made using dates and has a strong aromatic taste with the added sweetness of the date. We use the natural flavorings of date along with balsamic to add the soft and smooth velvety texture and rich, complex sweetness that explodes in the mouth. Balsamic date vinegar is not strong but has a mellow tartness. You can buy our Organic Date Balsamic Vinegar here.