The Olive Scene’s Traditional 18 Year Balsamic Vinegar is the real deal – it’s aged up to 18 years in oak barrels in Modena, Italy. The aging process transforms reduced grape juice into a glossy, syrupy vinegar. Our balsamic vinegar’s low acidity and slight sweetness lends itself to a huge range of uses, both savory and sweet.
We’ll touch on just a few of our favorite uses for balsamic vinegar, because the list is really endless! But if you keep it simple, balsamic vinegar is a complex flavor that can add depth and interest to any number of dishes.
Vinaigrettes are the most common use for balsamic vinegar, and our Traditional 18 Year Balsamic Vinegar is a fantastic match for any of our olive oils. It adds a touch of sweetness and acid while letting the flavors of the oil come through. Some of our most popular pairings for vinaigrettes are Blood Orange, Basil, and Single Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Check out our blog post on how to make the perfect vinaigrette if you’re just getting started in the wonderful world of balsamic vinegar! Vinaigrettes are most typically used on salads, but they can also be used to brighten up steamed or roasted vegetables, pasta, and grains.
Marinades are another easy way to incorporate balsamic vinegar into your cooking. With the simple ratio of equal parts balsamic vinegar and olive oil, you can add a ton of flavor to pork, beef, chicken, fish, shrimp, and vegetables. We love to pair Traditional 18 Year Balsamic Vinegar with Eureka Lemon, Tuscan Herb, Rosemary, or Garlic Olive Oil, but almost any of our olive oils make terrific marinades. And if you like spicy food, using our Harissa, Chipotle, Cayenne, or Baklouti Olive Oil in your marinades is an easy way to add some heat to your dishes.
Balsamic vinegar is an ingredient that can easily become a staple in your kitchen. Keep a bottle on your counter and experiment! It’s a complex flavor, but using it doesn’t have to be complicated. You can use our website as a resource for recipes and ideas, or reach out to us on social media if you have any questions. We could talk about balsamic vinegar all day, and we love to share ideas with our customers!