Award winning Burren Balsamics from Northern Ireland has launched two unique new products – balsamic salt and balsamic sugar.
The distinctive products join an extensive and successful portfolio of balsamic vinegars developed by the small company at its based near Richhill in Co. Armagh. The company’s range is now sold throughout the UK and in the Republic of Ireland.
These innovative new ideas have been created by owner Susie Hamilton Stubber and Chef Director Bob McDonald. The salt is made with Halen Mon Sea Salt from Anglesey in Wales.
“We tried a variety of other salts,” said Bob McDonald, “but the only one that worked well for us was Halen Mon. I found it to have the perfect texture for our new product,” he added.
The salt is for use in cooking as well as a condiment and is wonderful sprinkled onto a steak before cooking. We would also recommend its use for seasoning salads and tomatoes.
The sugar, made with British caster sugar, was initially created to go with strawberries – an idea taken from the Italian classic of balsamic and strawberries. “Balsamic vinegar on strawberries tastes great but tends to not look quite so appealing which led us to create Balsamic Sugar – this looks and tastes great,” he said.
The products are available in 100g tubs for the salt and 250g for the sugar. The vinegar is the best quality balsamic imported from Modena, Italy.
Burren Balsamics was established in February 2014 by Susie Hamilton Stubber, a passionate foodie, to develop a range of fruit infused balsamic vinegars which use as many locally grown ingredients with zesty flavours as possible.
The fruits include Armagh (PGI) Bramley apples and quality fruits from local farmers such as blackcurrants, strawberries and blueberries. The vinegars use only natural whole fruits for flavour and are available in distinctive 250ml bottles. The company has also launched a novel range of white Italian condiments.
It has won a string of national and international awards for the quality, innovation and taste for the balsamic vinegars. These include UK Great Taste Awards and Blas na hEireann Irish National Food Awards. It has also featured as major food shows in Britain and the Republic including the recent Fine Food North at Harrogate. As a result, Burren Balsamics now supplies many delis and leading chefs in Britain and the Republic.