Balsamic Vinegar is a popular salad dressing together with oil. However, it is far removed from the traditional product that had been used in the middle ages. Also known as Aceto Balsamico di Modena, the modern day condiment is fairly available and available easily. The word Balsamic means balsam like although it would be a mistake to take it literally and picture a physical similarity to balsam. The name is suggestive of the curative properties and hence named as balsamic vinegar.
• Commercial Balsamic Vinegar- The commercially available balsamic vinegar does not usually have any label or seal of approval proving its authenticity. Most of them are produced using the same procedure although the ageing process is not adhered to diligently. Balsamic vinegar producers outside of the provinces of Modena and Reggio Emilia also produce and sell the product commercially, most of which finds its way into the kitchens of the general public.
• Balsamic Vinegar-Modena- This particular type is produced in Modena but varies greatly from the traditional condiment . Addition of colors, thickening agents and even caramel are encouraged to enhance the visual appeal of balsamic vinegar while the all important ageing process is foregone completely. This helps in mass production and brisk selling of the most easily available type of commercial balsamic vinegar.
Uses of Balsamic Vinegar
• Sauces, salad dressings, marinades & a variety of dips.
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