ISO a *good* organic balsamic vinegar
- SweetPea Aug 19, 2014 04:47 AM
I'm just about tired of the trial and error approach. So far they seem to be too "young"? I had one some time ago but can't remember the name and haven't seen a similar shaped bottle. Anyone have a favorite?
Although this format is not really conducive to what I have to say, I'll point it out anyway.
Good balsamic vinegar was a mountain of grapes at least twenty-five years ago. Not a lot of concern about labeling and proving things organic back then, you may recall. Without going through the trouble of actually looking things up, I'd guess that any vinegar made from "certified organic" fruit would have to be "young" - say no more than ten years aged.
Ahh.. I understand the organic / age issue. I may just have to give up on the organic aspect. I use it in cooking but more as a drizzle or vinaigrette. I'm definitely not a $75 low end kinda gal. I think I'll check out the local gourmet shop, maybe go inbetween. Thanks for your helpful replies!
Are you going for traditional balsamic vinegar to be used as a condiment? These are $$$$. $75 on the low end. Cooks Illustrated recommends Cavalli the Gold Seal Extra Vecchio Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale de Reggio Emilia which costs $200 for just over 3 oz.
Or are you fine with a supermarket balsamic vinegar for general cooking? Lucini Gran Riserva Balsamico was recommended for those with tighter budgets. Not traditional, but more suitable for cooking, and fine in vinaigrette. Only $15.