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Garlic Balsamic Reduction Sauce

Balsamic Reduction Sauce

I have been attempting to perfect balsamic reduction sauce. I finally made one yesterday that I am quite pleased
with. My first attempt at making a balsamic reduction sauce resulted in a caramelized lump of goo. My second attempt was better, but not quite right. I decided that I needed a double boiler. So I ordered this one from Amazon and when it arrived I tried again. The double boiler and the brand of vinegar seem to be key to the success of the sauce. After a few tries, I am quite happy with yesterday’s result. On my first couple of attempts I used balsamic vinegar from Trader Joe’s. It was much too tart and I needed to add some brown sugar to it. Next I tried it with Bertolli balsamic vinegar. It was perfect with no added sugar. This sauce is excellent on vegetables, stir fry or meat. I will be making it again and again, trying different combinations of herbs and spices. Here is my recipe:


  • 2 cups Bertolli balsamic vinegar
  • 4 to 6 cloves of garlic, crushed or minced

Pour the vinegar and garlic in the top pan of a double boiler. Fill the lower pan of double boiler with water and bring to a boil. Gently simmer the vinegar and garlic for about 45 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup. Do not let the vinegar boil hard. Let cool and enjoy.

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