Vinegar Recipes and Balsamic Glaze

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.

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.

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)

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

Homemade Komboucha


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

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

Roasted Grapes and Balsamic Reduction with Cheese and Crackers

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)

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

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

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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62 comments on “Vinegar Recipes and Balsamic Glaze”

  1. I love vinegar so I clicked to this page with great anticipation….only to find out that ALL the recipes use balsamic glaze. What a disappointment! Please be aware that even straight-out-of-the-bottle, un-reduced balsamic is absolutely forbidden on low-carb diets, let alone the brown sugar you use in your reduction. Cider vinegar and wine vinegar are also frowned upon, but once every four to six months I allow myself JUST A LITTLE anyway…and then pay the price on the scale for the next week or so!

    Oh well. If you ever print a collection of recipes using regular white vinegar, rest assured I’ll be all over it :)

  2. I love vinegar, as I love all acid. I think I use way more than many folks do…but so far, the blogosphere seems full of other tartness junkies!

  3. those roasted grapes look incredible! I just saw a recipe for balsamic cherries that looked similar i will now have to make balsamic grapes and cherries!

  4. If you break and bought this…it`s gonna make me break and buy that glaze too!! I had a sample of it a few weeks ago and I was reaching for the bottle when my friend gave me a stern “no” to prevent me from buying any more things at TJ’s. Aha!

  5. I am quite the TJ’s fan lately too, so many cheap finds. I am a vinegar fan, especially the more exotic ones. I recently discovered a local shop in Sac that had chocolate dessert vinegar and thought on you. :-) I need to go back and grab a bottle to try.

  6. I have a friend that makes her own komboucha, but she doesn’t have a barrel and it takes forever. I may have to look into that!

  7. Hey girl! I have never tried balsamic glaze but you have enticed me to go and pick some up.

    I’m still awe struck that you actually made komboucha. I mean seriously! I love that stuff!

  8. I had a bottle of balsamic glaze a few years ago, but your recipe is so easy, economical, and downright delicious that I don’t feel the need to buy it. Balsamic (white or regular) and rice vinegars are my favorites. I usually mix either with a little tamari, a drizzle of honey, toasted sesame oil and a pinch of cayenne for a little Asian inspired vinaigrette.

  9. I once bought a white balsamic with oregano at O and Co. that was amazing. I used it in the classic strawberries tossed with a dash of balsamic and freshly ground pepper combo and it was even more amazing…

  10. I really like your komboucha oak barrel. It is really neat. How long does a batch of komboucha last you?

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