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
- Pour the balsamic vinegar into a saucepan to boil through for about 5 minutes until it thickens a little.
- Add in sugar, spoon by spoon into the boiling vinegar, keep shaking the pan at the same time to mix evenly.
- Let it boil through for another 5 minutes until it thickens further.
- It depends, for me it took about 10 minutes to reach the consistency I like.
- 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.