Aged Balsamic in 10 min!

Want to turn a cheap commercial balsamic vinegar into a more expensive aged one? Do the following and you will get it.  I wouldn’t say this tastes like the expensive counterpart, but almost.

this is not dark soya sauce, it’s the results of ‘aged’ balsamic vinegar


  • 250 ml, typical volume of cheap commercial balsamic vinegar
  • 5 tbsp of brown sugar

brown sugar and balsamic vinegar boiling away


  1. Pour the balsamic vinegar into a saucepan to boil through for about 5 minutes until it thickens a little.
  2. Add in sugar, spoon by spoon into the boiling vinegar, keep shaking the pan at the same time to mix evenly.
  3. Let it boil through for another 5 minutes until it thickens further.
  4. It depends, for me it took about 10 minutes to reach the consistency I like.
  5. If you prefer it to be more viscous,  it would need more brown sugar and more time to boil.

Cool the ‘aged’ balsamic before using a funnel to pour it back into the same bottle for future use.


3 thoughts on “Aged Balsamic in 10 min!

  1. neat – I tried this once, but without the sugar, and wow what a mess including the burnt pan…I will certainly use the sugar this time… thanks!

    hint: you can also add a few raspberries to the mix to get a raspberry aged balsamic vinegar… yum!

  2. chefmaven: Hi hi, the initial boiling of balsamic was without sugar at all, it didn’t get burnt. Probably due to different types of balsamic we had. I just kept shaking the pan during the whole process and it was without any mess. Yeah, I will try it with some sort of berries next time, thx for the tips!

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