Balsamic Syrup

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A teaspoon or two of balsamic syrup can magically transform a ho-hum dish into something that you want to savor slowly. Fortunately, it is easy to make. However, be sure to open all of the kitchen windows and turn on the exhaust before you begin; the process creates potent fumes.



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, low calorie, low cholesterol, low saturated fat, low sodium, low-fat, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturetangy, tart

Type of DishCondiments, dressing


  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar (supermarket quality is fine)


  1. Pour the vinegar into a small, heavy, nonreactive saucepan, preferably one with a pouring spout. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and cook at a moderate boil until thickened and reduced to about 1/3 cup, about 12 minutes. Cool in the pot, and then pour into a small glass jar and store at room temperature. Lasts indefinitely.


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