Balsamic Vinegar; A Whole New World

Who knew there are variation in taste between different vinegars? I mean, it’s vinegar right? Aren’t they all going to taste overwhelmingly strong, and about the same when mixing them into sauces and salad dressing?

Apparently not. This tid-bit came as quite a surprise to me when we went to the Cheesecake Factory, and my husband ordered a salad. True to his restriction on sodium, he asked the server if he could have oil and balsamic vinegar as replacement for the standard dressing. First bite into the salad, and he exclaimed “Wow! This balsamic vinegar is really good!”

Of course skeptical me, who rarely has balsamic vinegar “plain” and generally only in other sauces, questioned “It tastes better? Different than the one we have at home?”

“Oh yes. Much better.”

And so, a new phase of enlightenment came to pass as I started to discover the world of various vinegars and their different tastes (even for the same type!) Now, you might not be surprised to hear that, you clever reader you! Upon reflection, it is kind of a “duh” moment, but I honestly just hadn’t thought about it. Regardless, I think about it now and did replace our “cheap” bottle of balsamic with the one the Cheesecake Factory used. How did we find out? Well, we asked!! The server brought the bottle out from the kitchen for our review and analysis of the pretty bottle and the terrific taste.

Here is what currently resides in our cupboard. We like it, but really this post is just to pass along what you may (or may not) have known all along: “Different brands of vinegars taste different from others.” This little fact has helped me to venture into other flavored vinegars and dipping sauces; which is a fascinating new world to discover!!

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