balsamic vinegar pearls

luke daniels

luke daniels

25th June 2012
luke daniels

balsamic vinegar pearls

Once the oil has been in the freezer for at least 30mins, dissolve the agar agar in the balsamic vin...


  • For this you will need a pipette or syringe
  • 200g balsamic vinegar
  • 4g agar agar(This will most likely need ordering online – try
  • Tall container of oil (this needs to be cooled in the freezer for 30mins first)


Once the oil has been in the freezer for at least 30mins, dissolve the agar agar in the balsamic vinegar and bring to the boil stirring constantly with a beater. Take off the heat and skim off any impurities.
Wait a few minutes for the temperature to drop to roughly 55degrees C. If the liquid is too hot, it may not cool enough before reaching the bottom of the container of oil.
Fill the syringe with the balsamic vinegar solution and expel it drop by drop into the cold oil. This needs to be done from such a high that the droplets sink in the oil, but not high enough to cause them to break apart into smaller spheres.
Wait a few minutes before removing the “pearls” from the oil with a slotted spoon and rinse them in water.
These can be kept in a container in the fridge for later use.

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