Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • November 2017
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Are you choosing the right balsamic vinegar for you?

There are many exceptional health benefits from consuming balsamic vinegars! The most common are:

  1. They help with repairing any damage in the body caused by free radicals because of the antioxidants that are present.
  2. Balsamics help improve blood circulation.
  3. They contain polyphenols that ultimately can protect the body from cancer and heart disease.

Taste and texture also play a big part in purchasing balsamics. Which balsamics are the best? Well, it’s been said that there are a variety of dark balsamic vinegars that are better than others. It also depends on why someone is purchasing a balsamic vinegar. Is it for the health value, the taste, cooking or some other reason?

If you look at it in simple terms, anytime you buy a “lower number” balsamic such as 4, 8 or 10 star you will get a finer, water-like consistency balsamic. These usually have a more pungent taste, and aren’t as “aged” per se. When you purchase an 18 star balsamic you will get more of a syrup-like balsamic. Finally, there’s the thickest of them all: the 25 star balsamic! Please keep in mind that the numbers mentioned do not signify the years they have aged.

Balsamic vinegars are made from grapes. Depending on the variation, dark or light, the grapes will produce a white or dark balsamic vinegar after it’s fermented in oak wooden barrels. Much like wine, the taste of a balsamic will intensify the longer it is aged. The 25 star balsamic has a minimum of 80 percent concentrated grape must (a mixture containing skins, seeds and stems of the fruit) and aged red wine vinegar that is aged a minimum of 10 years. This makes it thick and sweet, not because of added sugar as in other balsamics, but due to the high amount of concentrated grape must.

25 star balsamic vinegars are thicker and more intensely flavored. Obviously at this point, you don’t need to use as much of the balsamic to provide a taste boost. When using a balsamic vinegar (BV), you naturally will want to pair it with an extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for the ultimate health value and taste to your pallet!

Some examples of pairings for particular snacks, meals or even beverages might be:

  • 25 Star Dark BV and Organic Basil EVOO
  • Black Truffle BV and Organic Garlic EVOO
  • Organic Premium BV and Organic Ice Pressed EVOO
  • Huckleberry BV and Organic Blood Orange EVOO
  • Strawberry Dark BV and Cranberry Walnut EVOO

We have over 55 flavors of olive oil and balsamic vinegar at Oil Well ~ Lake & Country, plus free accompanying recipes, so stop on in and taste our free samples, join a class to learn how to use them or simply visit with us and share your story! Bon appétit! 

Kathy Larson

Kathy Larson, CPT, CWC, & Oil Well has been in the Health & Wellness Industry for over 25 years. She’s worked in all realms of wellness and fitness, some of which include education, personal training, fitness equipment sales and a variety of business ownerships that have been awarded national recognition. Kathy’s passion is to educate individuals on how to incorporate healthier living into their daily lives so that they begin to live consciously. She’s the author of “How to Live a Fulfilling Life” — to download, visit Kathy’s purpose at and is to offer a service and products capable of preventing disease, while at the same time serving as a source of healing. Individualized coaching is one of Kathy’s specialties, which focuses on helping you define your personal goals and achieve them! To contact Kathy, email [email protected]

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