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Thank You Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze, Thank You


Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze, you rock my culinary world.

As you might be able to infer from this blog’s title, Healthy Obsession is all about us celebrating the healthy things that we’re obsessed with—in a good way, not a crazy way. Okay, so maybe we’re a bit crazy about it, but still. It’s in a good well-balanced way. Promise. Take this first Healthy Obsession post about balsamic glaze as an example…
Yes, I said balsamic glaze. I am utterly smitten with the stuff—especially this kind that comes in an easy squeeze bottle from Trader Joe’s and costs just $2.99. Not only is it fantastically delicious on so many things, but it also allows me to make endless “wheezing the juice” references, with “wheezing” being squeezing and “juice” being the balsamic glaze. Pretty sure Stoney and Link would be okay with that.
A little sweet with a rich balsamic flavor, this glaze is basically just a bottle version of a balsamic vinegar reduction, plus some sugar and starch to thicken it up. With 40 calories in a tablespoon, I drizzle it over salads, top crackers with it, enjoy it as a dipping sauce on roasted Brussels sprouts (that might be my favorite application of all) and even enjoy it over fresh strawberries. It can also be used as a meat marinade, but I haven’t gone there—yet. Give me time.
Now, I’ve seen on the interwebs that this stuff can be pretty hard to find at Trader Joe’s—and pretty pricey if you don’t have a TJ’s near you (sad face). So in the coming weeks, I plan to do a quick little tutorial on how to make your own balsamic reduction at home. But in the meantime, go ahead and wheeze the juice!
Are you a balsamic glaze or reduction fan, too? How do you enjoy this healthy obsession? I’d love even more reasons to be obsessed… —Jenn

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  1. I’m DEFINITELY going to have to go buy that! I’ve made my own balsamic reduction before, and it was good, but if TJ’s has a bottle for $2.99, I’m going with that.

  2. i just bought a bottle today – can’t wait to use it!!!

    1. Jenn says:

      Ooooh, you lucky girl, Lynn! Let us know what you put it on! 🙂
      —FBG Jenn

  3. Donna says:

    I had the balsamic glaze drizzled over the brown tomato slices and slices of TJ fresh mozzarella cheese. Oh my!

    1. Jenn says:

      That sounds amazing, Donna!!!

  4. Michelle says:

    Try putting it on top of ice cream! Last time we put it on top of TJ Mango sorbet! It is delish on any ice cream,
    Great on pork chops/steaks. Of course salads. A caprese salad.
    soups, lentil soup glaze or regular balsamic vinegar.
    Mix with OO for bread dipping
    a bowl of sweet oranges, or tangelos.
    We often made a bowl of oranges etc, add cinnamon and let it soak. one time I poured the glaze on it and it was wonderful!
    a dipping sauce.

    1. Jenn says:

      All of those ideas sound AMAZING! 🙂

  5. Rebecca Dunsing says:

    How long would that balsamic glaze last in the fridge after opening?

    1. Jenn says:

      If covered, at least a few days! 🙂

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