Balsamic Reduction


Susanna Chen for Popsugar

One of the easiest condiments to prepare is balsamic glaze: All you really need is a bottle of balsamic vinegar and about 10 minutes. Here's how you do it.

Use your new condiment as the base for healthy antipasto skewers, or serve it with fruit and ice cream for an easy yet sophisticated finish to your meal. 


  • 1 cup of balsamic vinegar


  1. Pour the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring the heat to a boil without reducing the heat on the stove.
  2. At this point, turn down the heat so that boil reduces to a simmer. Stir occasionally and allow to simmer until the vinegar has reduced by at least half (for a thinner reduction) or more (for a more syrupy consistency). However impatient you may be, don't try to increase the heat, unless you want to be left with a stiff, hardened mess!
  3. Allow to cool and transfer to an airtight container; store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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