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There is a lot of confusion about balsamic vinegar. On the grocery shelves you may find $3.00 bottles next to $25.00 bottles (often the $3.00 bottles have fancier labels). But, buyer beware! Not all balsamics are what they appear to be. True aceto balsamic vinegar comes in 3.4 ounce bottles and sells from $50.00 to $500.00 per bottle! It must be aged a minimum of 10 years. The better balsamics are aged 25 to 50 years. Find a good-quality medium priced vinegar to use in your cooking.