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Apr 14, 2008 10:26 AM

Taste of reduced vinegar...

Hi I was wondering if you guys could describe to me what happens to the taste of reduced vinegar. Like wine, reduced vinegar will lose its harshness and and acidity and become sweeter as it reduces, right? I'm making a compote with balsamic vinegar, and I really want the harsh bite and acidity to still be there from the vinegar. So it's better to add the vinegar at the end instead of cooking it out, right?

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  1. True, if you cook balsamic vinegar you'll mellow out the taste. I hope you're aware that your compote won't have the same consistency if you add it towards the end instead of cooking it out. Balsmic vinegar reduced becomes syrupy and sticky.