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HELP! Can this luxury Italian condiment be rescued?


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HELP! Can this luxury Italian condiment be rescued?

erica | May 20, 2011 02:35 PM

Quite a few years ago (about 8) on a visit to Italy, I bought a bottle of what is commonly called "cherry balsamic vinegar," but is actually a vinegar condiment aged in cherry-wood barrels. The actual product is "Leonardi Balsamico al Ciliegio, Condimento Alimentare."

I planned to use it tonight on strawberries but when I poured some to taste, I realized that much of the liquid has evidently evaporated. (I have not used it much in all those years) I tasted it by sticking a metal chopstick down the very narrow throat of the bottle. It is delicious! But the bottle neck is so narrow and nothing will pour out due to the sludge-like consistency.

SO: How can I use this product? I was thinking of adding hot water or "regular" good-quality balsamic vinegar to see if I could then shake the bottle and get the contents to pour out.

Does anyone have another idea? This is the product:


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