I was recently at my second home, Trader Joe’s, and finally broke down and bought some of their balsamic glaze.

It’s only been available for about a month or so, and I had resisted up until now because I make my own for pennies.

Trader Joe's Balsamic Glaze bottle

The verdict on the TJ’s glaze?

If you like balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze, it’s exactly what you’d want it to be and it’s very good.

But in all honesty, if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your area, or even if you do and want to be more DIY about it, just make this glaze.

Tempeh and Cucumbers with Brown Sugar Balsamic Reduction

It’s a dead ringer for the TJ’s and costs next to nothing to make and only takes about 10 minutes to make from start to finish. And you’ll wind up with enough glaze to send you into vinegar heaven.

The only notable difference is that my glaze is slightly more intense. By cooking it longer, the vinegar mellows out, but I like a bit of edge. That sharp bam vinegary tang and kick.

If you could drink balsamic reduction or have a fondness for anything vinegary, a few of my favorite vinegar recipes include:

Baked Parsnip Fries with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip (vegan, GF)

Baked Parsnip Fries with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip

Homemade Salad Dressing (vegan, GF) with apple cider vinegar

Homemade Salad Dressing in jar

Homemade Komboucha

Homemade Komboucha with barrel tap
Homemade Kombucha in glass

 

Stovetop Hot Pepper Jelly (Vegan, GF) – no canning required

Stovetop Hot Pepper Jelly

Hot Pepper Jelly (Vegan, GF) – with an intro to canning

Hot Pepper Jelly in jars

Roasted Grapes and Balsamic Reduction with Cheese and Crackers

Roasted Grapes and Balsamic Reduction with Cheese and Crackers

Orange Glazed Chilean Sea Bass with Mustard Dill Cucumber and Orange Champagne Relish

Orange Glazed Chilean Sea Bass with Mustard Dill Cucumber and Orange Champagne Relish

Tempeh and Cucumbers on a Stick with Brown Sugar Balsamic Reduction Dip (vegan, GF if GF tempeh is used)

Tempeh and Cucumbers on a Stick with Brown Sugar Balsamic Reduction Dip

Pumpkin Spiced Brown Rice Tempeh and Cranberry Salad (vegan, GF if GF tempeh is used)

Pumpkin Spiced Brown Rice Tempeh and Cranberry Salad

Orange Ginger Tempeh and Brown Rice Salad with Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette (vegan and GF if GF tempeh is used)

Orange Ginger Tempeh and Brown Rice Salad with Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

Do you like vinegar? Apple cider, champagne vinegar, balsamic vinegar?

I love it all.

There are health benefits of vinegar from being rich in potassium and calcium to preventing cancer and osteoporosis. Consider me protected then; I use my fair share.

If you have any favorite vinegar-containing recipes, dips, sauces, feel free to link them up.

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