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Taste test: balsamic glaze

Serving size 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon
Calories 20 45 30
Fat/Fiber 0g / 0g 0g / 0g 0g / 0g
Sugars/Sodium 3g / 0mg 10g / 10mg 7g / 0mg
Carbs/Protein 4g / 0g 11g / 0g 7g / 0g

Reducing balsamic vinegar to a thick syrup and adding ingredients like garlic and seasonings can produce a glaze that goes perfect on grilled meats, salads and even desserts. Several food companies are making it even easier for us by selling balsamic glazes already prepared. We've enjoyed them on grilled chicken breasts, grilled watermelon slices over salad greens and feta cheese and atop ice cream and strawberries. Our tasters tried five glazes right out of the bottle. Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent


(out of 100)
Roland 75Colavita 70Monari Federzoni 65

One of the thickest of those we sampled, Roland's glaze earned raves by the judges for its bold color and smooth texture. "You can taste the vinegar and the glaze has a great kick," said one judge. "The tart flavor overrides the sweet taste a bit, but there's a good balance," said another. The glaze was shiny and would be particularly good on grilled meats, panelists decided.The vinegar in this brand "makes your tongue do flip flops," said one judge. She liked the super-dark color and bold flavor. Other panelists compared the glaze to barbecue sauce for its smoky flavor and thick texture. "I would use this on everything," said one judge. "It's got the look and taste of a great topping."Some panelists said they would add some goodies to this basic glaze and turn it into an even better salad dressing. "I would mix it with oil, garlic and honey," said one. "The shiny glow is what I like about it," said another. "The bright look would make it great on ice cream with fruit or on a sponge cake dessert. It's pretty!"

they buy?
Three of the four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.
Shopping information$7.39 for a 7.3-ounce bottle

from Publix.
$6.29 for a 9.1-ounce bottle

from Publix.
$3.69 for an 8.5-ounce bottle

from Publix.

Also Sampled: Gia Russa ($5.99 for an 8.5-ounce bottle from Publix, 55 points) and Rachael Ray Balsamic Drizzle ($9.69 for an 8.5-ounce bottle from Albertsons, 55 points).

Panelists: Sandi Geller, owner of Crabby Bill's Seafood in St. Pete Beach; Susan Morris, preschool teacher at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg; and consumer moms Susan Coates and Julie Overton. All foods were tasted blind.

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Taste test: balsamic glaze 06/28/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:30am]
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