First of all let’s just make it clear that real balsamic vinegar has very little to do with what is available in kosher and non-kosher shops. The real thing comes from Modena in Italy, is matured for years, like the finest wines, and has a thick, syrupy texture. The concentration of flavour is so great that you only use a few drops of it at a time. It also costs a fortune, sometimes triple figures for a small bottle. There are currently no kosher versions of the real deal so, it is only normal that a ‘consumer’ kosher version was developed to approximate the effect. But even within these varieties there are better approximations then others. The best we’ve found so far is this one. It is less acidic and vinegary than some of its counterparts, with a smoother, sweeter and aromatic balm to it. While we wait (and save up) for a real kosher Balsamic vinegar, this is the next best thing. See our article on Balsamic Vinegar.
Tips: salad dressings, of course, but also mixed with olive oil and used as a dip with some good country bread. The traditional Italian gourmet appreciation of true Balsamic vinegar is to pour a few drops on a slice of Parmesan cheese.
Make: Natural Earth Products inc