Traditional balsamic vinegar is made from the grape must of grapes, which are first concentrated through boiling, then aged in a series of wooden barrels for anywhere from 12 to 25 years to ferment and develop acidity. As the vinegar is moved to the next, progressively smaller barrel, it is mixed with a small amount of the previous vinegar, making for a deeper, more complex flavor.
At Sonoma Farm, our barrel-aged balsamic vinegar is made from the must of the white Trebbiano grape and aged to perfection via traditional methods, making for a dark, rich vinegar that brings a smooth, sweet tartness to your palate and has the rich aroma and consistency of a true balsamic vinegar.
Ways to use Aged Balsamic Vinegar
Balsamic vinegar is a versatile ingredient with a number of uses. Below is an overview of just five ways you can use our balsamic vinegar to enhance your cooking.
To bring your simple salad to the next level, use a vinaigrette that uses balsamic vinegar as a base. The tart and sweet kick will liven up any salad.
Soups and Sauces
If you really want to bring the flavors of tomato-based soup or sauce together, just add a splash of our barrel aged balsamic vinegar. You’ll love the way it brings the flavor to life!
Adding just a spoonful of our balsamic vinegar will give your braised meat or vegetable dish a deep, rich flavor. Do it right before serving, and your family won’t be able to get enough!
Balsamic vinegar makes for a great marinade for meats, mushrooms, and even tofu. And if you want to give your dish a Mediterranean twist, add some garlic, shallots, and aromatic herbs along with the balsamic vinegar.
You can reduce balsamic vinegar to syrup that makes a great addition to ice cream, desserts, or salads. Simply add a cup of vinegar to a pan with a little sugar. Then heat until the vinegar reduces to a syrup. For best results, allow this syrup to cool before using.
Health Benefits of Using Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegar
In addition to the wonderful, complex flavor, there are a number of health benefits you can get from using aged balsamic vinegar in your cooking. Below are just a few:
Balsamic vinegar contains antioxidants, which target the toxic cells that tend to raise unhealthy cholesterol. Studies have shown that daily use of balsamic vinegar can help to maintain or even lower cholesterol levels.
The primary component of balsamic vinegar is acetic acid. This acid is known to contain probiotic bacteria, which can improve digestion and general gut health.
Control Blood Sugar
The anti-glycemicproperty of balsamic vinegar helps prevent blood sugar spikes and regular blood sugar for up to five hours after eating.
The grapes from which balsamic vinegar is derived are known to help prevent cardiac disease by improving blood circulation, and balsamic vinegar inherits this important benefit.
Improve Skin Health
The antioxidant and antimicrobial compounds in balsamic vinegar lead to a healthier, clearer complexion with regular use.
With these health benefits and flavor possibilities, aren’t you ready to buy a bottle of the best quality barrel aged balsamic vinegar? Then turn to Sonoma Farm for quality balsamics at a great price that are only a click away.