Is it better to use a balsamic dressing or Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI? Cooking tips
Balsamic vinegar is increasingly finding its way onto our kitchen shelves. It is a delicious and versatile condiment, suitable for most of our savoury dishes and even some sweet recipes. It allows us to complement dishes of all kinds, from the simplest and freshest to the tastiest and most elaborate.
The sweet-and-sour flavour of Balsamic Vinegar goes very well with many foods: just a few drops are enough to satisfy even the most discerning palates! In addition to vinegar, however, balsamic condiments are also often used in cooking. There are differences between the two products which you should be aware of if you want to use them correctly on your table. Let’s take a look at what differentiates these two products and how to use them in the kitchen.
The differences between Balsamic Vinegar of Modena igp and Balsamic Vinegar Condiment
It is not easy to notice the differences between vinegar and condiment. Yet the two products have some substantial differences. The most obvious one is certainly acidity. Balsamic Condiments are brown in colour like vinegar and have a very full-bodied consistency. In terms of taste, the sweet component tends to prevail over the sour component in balsamic seasonings. They are designed for those who like ‘sweeter’ and less vinegary flavours, with a lower acidity level of 5-4.5 %. Because of this low level of acidity, they could not by law be called ‘Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena D.O.P.’ or ‘Aceto Balsamico di Modena IGP’, which have an acidity of at least 6 %. Moreover, current legislation allows them to be bottled in bottles of different capacities, such as 40, 50, 100 or 200 ml.
When to use vinegar and when is it a good idea to use balsamic dressing?
Balsamic vinegar can be used as a condiment for practically any dish. Its sweet-and-sour flavour goes very well with many types of food, such as meat, tasty salads, risotto or fruit. Balsamic seasoning can also be used to season the same dishes. However, you must always remember that its taste is somewhat sweeter and that the consistency is thicker. Therefore, it all depends on your taste and that of your diners.
Balsamic seasoning is the ideal ally for those who like to decorate dishes and add a touch of elegance and flavour to their preparations. In addition, due to its predominantly sweetish flavour, it is most often used for fruit salads, ice cream and desserts. So try it in sweet recipes and to refine your dishes – you won’t be disappointed!
Balsamic vinegar and balsamic condiments: where to find them?
If you would like to try some authentic and tasty products, take a look at our suggestions. In our vinegar factory we produce Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena D.O.P., Balsamic Vinegar of Modena I.G.P. , Condimenti Balsamici, fruit sauces, jams and compotes. We produce everything according to tradition and also offer interesting variations. These include the organic balsamic (Bronzo and Platino) and the Condimento Biologico Bianco. That said, we invite you to give us a try: we are sure that our products will win you over from the first taste!