The Many Uses for Balsamic Vinegar

balsamic vinegar usesIf you’re looking for a bang-for-your-buck cooking ingredient, look no further than balsamic vinegar. Here at Tavern on the Green Intl., we have great, authentic balsamic for sale online. Wondering what you’ll use it for? It’s no secret that balsamic vinegar makes a tasty salad dressing, but you may not realize the expansive usefulness of the condiment.

Firstly, balsamic vinegar can be used to flavor an array of meats. Pair it with whiskey, and you’ve got a steak marinade. Use it when braising pork. Cook it with chicken and garlic. Glaze salmon with it. Sear scallops with it. The list goes on.

Vegetarians, rejoice. Mixed vegetables roasted in balsamic vinegar offer a fresh twist on a classic stir-fry recipe. Vegetables like mushrooms, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower are especially tasty after being sautéed in equal parts balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Soups and stews can also be enhanced with a few drops of well-aged balsamic vinegar. If you find a soup tasting a bit bland—whether it’s minestrone, tomato, or pumpkin—consider adding a dash of balsamic vinegar; you might be surprised at how it can revitalize the dish.

Pasta and risotto dishes, too, stand to benefit from a little balsamic vinegar. Try adding a few tablespoons to your next batch of spaghetti sauce to create a more complex flavor.

For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll be pleased to know that balsamic vinegar is not limited to savory foods. Reducing balsamic vinegar on the stove will diminish its acidity and transform it into a richly flavored, thick syrup. From there, drizzle the vinegar reduction on fresh fruit (strawberries are a favorite), roasted fruit (we have a mean Grilled Balsamic Peach recipe), or even atop a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Inspired? Yeah, we thought you might be. Head over to our online store to find a selection of specialty balsamic vinegars exclusive to Tavern on the Green Intl.. To learn more about ways to incorporate balsamic vinegar into your cooking, visit our website’s Recipes page.


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