A balsamic vinegar reduction is a concentrated and thickened version of balsamic vinegar that is made by cooking down the vinegar until it has reduced. The balsamic flavor will become more intense and the consistency will thicken. A balsamic reduction is great for salads where you want to add a burst of flavor. It goes great with vegetables and also with meats. If you like using olive oil and vinegar for dipping with bread, using a balsamic reduction will make it even more delicious.
Also, if you can’t find good quality balsamic vinegar or the good stuff is too pricey, then you can improve the taste of the not so great balsamic vinegar by reducing it. Keep in mind though, you will likely be cutting the actual amount of vinegar by half, so if the good stuff is only a few $$ more, then it might not be worth it. However, you will need less of the concentrated balsamic reduction than you will with regular balsamic.
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