Balsamic Vinegar Reduction


makes 1/2 – 1 cup

Reducing balsamic vinegar brings out a more concentrated, flavorful balsamic that enhances everything it touches. Drizzle it on roasted vegetables, fresh tomatoes and basil or use it as a salad dressing. Your kitchen will smell like vinegar for a little while, but it’s worth it. You can also simmer the vinegar with a cinnamon stick, orange rind, cloves, or a few sprigs of herbs for added flavor.
Balsamic Vinegar Reduction, Lauren Monaco Illustration

Ingredients
2 cup of balsamic vinegar
1–2 tbsp brown sugar
Combine vinegar and sugar in a saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a simmer, then turn down heat and keep at a low simmer.

Simmer until vinegar is thickened and reduced by half, about 15–30 minutes.

Vinegar is thick enough when it is able to coat a spoon. For a thicker glaze, you can simmer until it is a fourth of the original volume.

Let cool. As it cools, it will continue to thicken slightly. Store in a glass jar and use as needed.

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