I was reading the current issue of Shape magazine. Mollie Katzen, of Moosewood fame, has a column. She just so happened to be writing about vinegar this month! I almost let out a foodie squee when I saw that she included instructions on how to make a balsamic reduction! It sounded so easy that I used the remainder of the bottle that I had in my cabinet to try it out for myself yesterday. Mollie states that you don't have to use fancy shmancy stuff. The vinegar I had was less than $5 from Trader Joe's. I heard of someone today who ruined a 125 year old bottle of balsamic while trying to make a reduction and my heart wept. You do have to pay attention to it but there isn't much more to do that stir it from time to time. I don't know what went wrong with hers but I would be devastated!
I set my stove to medium and it came to a pretty rapid boil. I reduced the heat to med-low and let it simmer until I had about half of what I started with.
I let it cool down for a bit and then transfered it back to the original bottle. I have already used it for all sorts of fun stuff like dressings and drizzled over yogurt. I've also done the obvious...