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Jan 17, 2012 04:50 PM

Kosher Balsamic Vinegar?

I am looking for a good quality Balsamic Vinegar that is kosher. Can anyone help with recommendations?

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    1. re: kosherfoodfan

      Bartenura Balsamic is disgusting.
      Will ruin a dish.
      Passable when reduced and has a fair amount of sugar added.

      1. re: glattpiggy

        Whoa, pretty harsh words. IMO It is far from "disgusting". I have used it in many dishes that were fantastic. As far as I know, It is impossible to get authentic balsamic vinegar with kosher certification, so this is probably the best you can get right now.
        FYI - Rabbi Yitzchak Abade permits many kinds of authentic Balsamic vinegar without certification, on the grounds that it is mevushal. For info, see

    2. the best one is available at fairway. but my certification doth not allow it.

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      1. re: Moishefrompardes

        I will certainly defer to my favorite chef - thank you for the tip. Will look for the fairway balsamic next time I need it!

        1. re: kosherfoodfan

          Mazzetti makes the best with certification, in my experience.

          1. re: DeisCane

            Fairway has a good one called, I think, Carlotta with the hashgacha of Rabbi Belinow of Milan. The other Italian ones have hashgocho of Rabbi Garelik of Milan.

            1. re: EvanM

              Last time I was in Fairway (UWS) the only brand t hey had was Tonelli. I think it was $8 for the bottle. Probably not the best balsamic, but I use it mainly to roast cippolini onions or to splash on my own salad. Husband won't go near the stuff.

        2. re: Moishefrompardes

          Is the brand Fairway? If not, which brand is it?

          1. re: queenscook

            carlotta, fairly sure only fairway distributes it. i use bartenura at the restaurant. carlotta is way better.

            1. re: Moishefrompardes

              Fairway doesnt carry it any more. Does anyone else sell it?

              1. re: SimonF

                Looks like you can still get it through their online store

            1. re: queenscook

              The certification is rabbi Belinow of Milan, if fairway doesn't have it in the stores they probably just have not updated the website. They don't seem to have a kosher buyer anymore so no way to know if it is just temporarily out of stock, or not even made any more...

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