Grilled steak salad with balsamic vinaigrette is perfect for any occasion. By adding Amarillo Grape and Olive products you are able to enhance the flavor to a whole new level.
Balsamic vinegar is very different from the regular white vinegar used in kitchens today. Plain, white vinegar can be used for cleaning and many at-home remedies, as well as baking, weight control and even getting rid of weeds in your garden. Balsamic vinegar is mainly used to enhance culinary needs, along with improving skin health, reducing blood sugar and many other health benefits.
Balsamic vinegar is popular in food preparation, salad dressings and marinades. Balsamic vinegar can be used as a low fat additive and can provide a heart healthy diet if added to salads and in recipes daily. Balsamic vinegar has been shown to reduce blood sugar when eaten as a part of a meal and promotes healthy digestion because the acetic acid contains strains of probiotics that give good gut health while supporting an overall immune function. The antioxidants in balsamic vinegar help block toxic cells that raise cholesterol levels, thus helping to lower cholesterol and reduce hypertension. Balsamic vinegar has also been shown to relieve congestion when added to steaming water for a breathing treatment and has been used as an antifungal treatment for athlete’s foot. Balsamic vinegar is not intended for cooking but rather as a drizzle or combined with other marinades that would benefit from it’s sharp sweetness and tang.
Balsamic vinegar originated in Italy where grapes are grown year-round. There are three protected balsamic vinegars: Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia, and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. Balsamic is a deep brown vinegar made from unsaturated grape juice or grape must, which is freshly crushed grapes that contain skins, seeds and stems. Balsamic vinegar is aged months, even years, in barrels to give it the distinctive, bold, complex flavor with a tart aftertaste. Although it is considered a wine vinegar, it is not a wine vinegar at all. It is made from grape pressings that have never been permitted to ferment into wine.
To qualify as a balsamic vinegar, it is required to be aged in wood barrels for 12 years, then graduated to smaller kegs made of chestnut, cherrywood, ash, mulberry and juniper. All these woods add character to the vinegar. As it ages, moisture evaporates out, further thickening the vinegar and concentrating the flavor. Some types of balsamic vinegar have aged for more than 100 years. It is this aging process that makes it more expensive. Luckily, a little goes a long way. Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and of Reggio Emilia have reduced grape must that is aged several years in wooden barrel and is exclusively produced in either the province of Modena, Italy or Reggio Emilia, Italy. Balsamic vinegar can also be harvested even in the Texas Hill Country where grapes are grown.
Balsamic vinegar can add a zing to almost any dish or drink! Here are 13 unexpected uses for flavored balsamic vinegar found at Amarillo Grape and Olive:
1. Cocktails and mocktails, sparkling waters or iced tea
2. Bread dippers
3. Jams-add it to your favorite breakfast jam
4. Glaze- use it on your meat, fish, turkey, pork
5. Over desserts-ice cream or angel food cake
6. In smoothies
7. Salad dressing-sprinkle over green salads or fruit salads
8. Fresh fruit
10. Drizzle-veggies or pizza
11. Culinary condiments-add to any sauce
12. Yogurt-as a snack or breakfast
Gift-makes a great Christmas gift, Bosses Day, Valentine Day, the possibilities are endless!
Store balsamic vinegar in a cool, dark place such as a kitchen cabinet or pantry. It does not need to be refrigerated. It will not oxidize and can keep indefinitely. No need to worry about sediment at the bottom of the bottle. It is a natural by-product of the aging process in balsamic vinegar.
Balsamic vinegar, found at Amarillo Grape and Olive, has become one of the hottest food trends in the last 20 years despite being used for generations in Italy. If you are looking for a no fat, very little sugar, addition to your meals, try Amarillo Grape and Olive for your Balsamic vinegar needs!