What are flavored vinegars?
An essential condiment for Italian cuisine and many other types of cooking, flavored vinegars help enhance other ingredients by bringing a sharp acidity to food with subtle notes of different fruit flavors. From apple cider vinegar and tomato vinegar to fig and balsamic varieties, Supermarket Italy has a full line-up of the finest flavored vinegars imported from Italy and other countries. When you buy flavored vinegars to include in your cooking arsenal, you'll have everything you need for making everyday meals, dressings, sauces and more. Read More
Like many made in Italy products, there are no shortcuts in the production of flavored vinegars. The best balsamic vinegar to buy, for instance, should be aged in special wooden barrels for a minimum of 3 months to 25 years. It should also be labeled as “Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale” and contain the DOP stamp, which guarantees its authenticity as a product from Modena, Italy.
This centuries-old process uses the same techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation. When the cooked grape must is transferred to wooden barrels for the aging process, it’s the different types of wood such as oak, juniper, and others, that give balsamic and other types of vinegar a characteristic sweet-tart flavor. Flavored vinegars also get their distinctive taste and aroma from the type of fruit that is used.
What dishes are Italian flavored vinegars used for?
The popular type of flavored vinegar is De Nigris Fruttati Saba, which is a premium condiment made from cooked grape must. The fresh fruit pieces and thick, syrupy texture can transform ordinary dishes into a world-class culinary delight. Try drizzling it over fresh fruit for a zing of sweet-tart flavors. Or, dress up an antipasto platter when you add it as a garnish to a selection of cheeses. You can also add more flavors to your condiment collection with pear, fig, and apple varieties.
Fig and Balsamic Compote by Mussini is another prized delicacy from Modena. The sweet and sour flavor makes for a luxurious garnish on a variety of foods, from sweet desserts like ice cream and fruit to savory cheeses, meats, bread, crackers, and more.
For an extra kick of spiciness in your cooking, Supermarket Italy also features balsamic vinegar flavored with Tabasco sauce by Fini Modena. Mix it together with extra virgin olive oil and seasonings for a special house dressing that gives your cooking a signature flair.
The fresh and vibrant flavors of apple flavored vinegars are light and refreshing, making it ideal for bringing hearty greens and other basic ingredients to life. Apple vinegar by Due Vittorie has a tangy-sweet flavor from quality apples that have been aged in special oak barrels. Try incorporating it into dressings with additional seasonings and extra virgin olive oil, which then can be used for salads or as a flavor enhancer to savory dishes like soups. For a healthy tonic, add Acetum's Organic apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and enjoy an anytime pick-me-up.
For a fun and flavorful update on the “peanut butter and jelly” of condiments, different types of Italian flavored vinegars paired with extra virgin olive oil are perfect for adding depth and complexity to many types of dressings and sauces. You can also try experimenting with other seasoning combinations to give your cooking a unique and personalized touch.
Where to buy flavored vinegars?
When you buy flavored vinegars from Supermarket Italy, you can enjoy the convenience of an exclusive selection of specialty gourmet products delivered straight to your doorstep. Include Italian flavored vinegars in your pantry and get ready to take your cooking to the next level of gourmet.