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The strawberry: "Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did."
-Dr William Butler, Writer

The refrigerator light goes on...

In the summer my mom would slice strawberries into a big bowl. It was one of the best things about July and August. They smelled so good and the light sprinkling of sugar helps to make a lovely bright syrup. We never had balsamic vinegar on ours though.

I can remember the first time that I had a balsamic reduction on berries. I thought that this was the perfect dessert. Sweet, peppery, sour and even just a bit salty. This was surpassed only by having the good stuff -- 25 year old balsamic vinegar on strawberries. A rare occasion but not one to be missed.

Balsamic Vinegar

The queen of vinegar production is balsamic vinegar.  Very popular now, true balsamic vinegar is made from the Trebbiano grape.  The rich brown color comes from being aged in wood casks, often for decades.  Although it is made from grapes, balsamic vinegar isnít produced directly from wine (as are most vinegars).  The authentic product may not contain any wine vinegars - the grape juice is reduced, fermented and then made directly into vinegar using the juice only from the Trebbiano grape.  

The closest that you will find to a "star rating" is by the consortiums of Modena and Reggio Emilia.  These are the only guarantee of authentic aged balsamic vinegar, as both of these groups have strict rules of inclusion in the consortium that relies on strict guidelines of quality.  

The Modena consortium designates their products by bottling in a squat round bottle and one of two capsules to seal the cork.  A white capsule indicates vinegar that is at least 12 years old and gold foil is for vintage vinegars Ė those that have aged at least 25 years and carry the designation extravecchio.

Reggio Emilla vinegars are put up in a bottle with a long thin neck and have a round label to designate the vintage.  Red seals, like the white capsule, indicate at least 12 years of ageing.  Silver seals are for 18 years and older and gold for those vintages of 25 years or more.  

The thin balsamic vinegar that is on most store shelves today is a manufactured by combining conventional white wine vinegars with colorings and flavorings.


 

Strawberries with Balsamic Reduction



Servings = 2 | Serving size =1/2 pint strawberries with 1 tsp. balsamic reduction

Cooking Time = 45 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2.

This recipe can be divisible by 2.

This recipe makes enough balsamic reduction for 12 servings.

1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 pint fresh strawberries (rinsed, stemmed and sliced)
1 tsp sugar
fresh ground black pepper

Place the balsamic vinegar in a small stainless steel or non-reactive sauce pan over medium heat. When the vinegar comes to a boil reduce the heat so that the liquid is simmering. Cook for about 30 - 40 minutes until reduced to 1/4 cup. Cool.

While the vinegar is reducing combine the sliced strawberries and sugar in a bowl and toss until well blended. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Divide the strawberries between two bowls when ready to serve. Top each serving with 1 teaspoon of the vinegar and a single shake of ground black pepper.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 1/2 pint strawberries with 1 tsp. balsamic reduction

Servings = 2

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 57 Calories from Fat 4
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 0g 1%
    Saturated Fat 0g 0%
    Monounsaturated Fat 0g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 13%
    Sugars 8g  
Protein 1g  
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 163%
Calcium 3% Iron 4%
Vitamin K 4 mcg Potassium 269 mg
Magnesium 23 mg