If you're already a fan of making your own snacks , then why not start preparing your own condiments, too? One of the easiest in my book is balsamic glaze: all you really need is a bottle of balsamic vinegar and 10 minutes. Here's how you do it:
- Pour a cup of balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring the heat to a boil without reducing the heat on the stove.
- At this point, turn down the heat so that boil reduces to a simmer. Stir occasionally and allow to simmer until the vinegar has reduced by at least half (for a thinner reduction) or more (for a more syrupy consistency). However impatient you may be, don't try to increase the heat, unless you want to be left with a stiff, hardened mess!
- Allow to cool and transfer to an airtight container; store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Use your new condiment as the base for healthy antipasto skewers , or serve it with fruit and ice cream  for an easy yet sophisticated finish to your meal. Ready to move on to more condiments? Master recipes for homemade ketchup and mustard .