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Balsamic Reduction

Okay, I’ve promised this recipe to you a couple times over the last week or two – so here it is! Short and sweet because it’s lunch time, I’m hungry, and our CSA box just arrived! I gots to go see what’s in it! Seriously, it’s like Christmas every week… Only better because unlike Christmas, you don’t have to go to the hassle of returning unwanted and (really) unwarranted ill-fitting clothes that your grandmother thinks look “hip”….

PS. My grandmother never buys me terrible clothing – in fact, she’s quite lovely and I value and love her very much. XO, Grandma.

Balsamic Reduction


  • 2 C Good Quality Balsamic Vinegar.
  • 1-2 Tsp Local Honey.


  1. In a small to medium size saucepan, bring the vinegar and sugar to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to simmer.
  2. Stirring fairly regularly, let the balsamic vinegar reduce to about 1/2 to 1/3rd of the original volume, depending on how thick you want the reduction. It will become syrupy in texture and coat the back of your spoon.
  3. Let cool completely. If it gets too thick, add a couple Tbsp of water and re-heat over low heat to thin it out. Store in the fridge but bring to room temperature for use.



Serve with whatever you like – though it goes especially well with Pommes Frites and/or Grilled Balsamicy Summer Asparagus. Oh! Or how about Filo Pockets of Chocolate, Berry Compote & Hazelnet Infused Cream Cheese!



  • Heather
    July 12, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    My grandma reads my blog too!

  • Stacy
    July 12, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Yes! Balsamic reduction that I can whip out at a moment’s notice?? Yes, please! So cool!

  • ElfRenee
    July 13, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    Mmm, yumm! I might even be able to make this!

  • Kristy Lynn
    July 13, 2011 at 4:08 AM

    @ Everyone: Heck yes! it’s super simple, even our “Mema’s” can do it… (i’ve been watching a LOT of The Big Bang Theory on DVD this week)…

  • Eron
    July 13, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Oooh — wish I had this last night when I made these:
    I added a link to your post in my recipe anyway: I think your balsamic reduction would have been awesome on the baked figs 🙂

  • Carol J. Alexander
    November 29, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    This sounds so delicious. I’m going to try it. Thanks.

  • Kristy Lynn
    November 29, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    @ Eron: that’s so sweet! (balsamic and linking up).. thank you!

    @ Carol: No problem! I use this shit on everything!

  • biggsis
    October 21, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Thank you for this. Something I’ve been meaning to try and now a simple recipe to do so! And the suggested uses… Filo pockets with chocolate, hazelnut and other stuff (the chocolate and hazelnut jump out!!) Sounds fantastic!