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I have long used olive oil in my cooking, and have frequently enjoyed putting some spice blends into olive oil and put them into dipping bowls to enjoy with homemade bread. It never occurred to me that you could- and should!- taste olive oils like you can wines. I tried it last night, and you should too. It was an eye opener, and I feel like I have a better appreciation now. Perhaps it will help me to use olive oil to enhance my cooking to combine flavors and textures. We’ll see.
Similar to tasting wine, there are a few quick steps to having the true olive oil tasting experience. Pour about
a tablespoon of olive oil into your glass and gently warm it by covering the glass with one hand and
holding the bowl of the glass in the other.
Here’s where the four S’s come in – Swirl, Sniff, Slurp and Swallow
1. Swirl – By swirling the olive oil in your glass, you release the oil’s esters, which are the molecules that
contain the aroma.
2. Sniff – Now inhale deeply. The aroma is the key to the fruitiness of the oil. Is it intense or is it
3. Slurp – Sip the oil while “sipping” in a bit of air. This slurping action emulsifies the oil and helps spread it
throughout your mouth. Take note of the various tastes and sensations. Is it fruity, peppery, smooth?
4. Swallow – Once you swallow the oil, it should leave your mouth with no aftertaste. Again, take note of
any peppery or stinging sensation in your throat.
So I won’t lie, I have never heard of taste testing olive oil. Kind of fun. When I say I’m glad I had the chance to do the four S’s with Carapelli olive oil, I mean it. I had no idea the complexity of flavors involved with olive oil.
Carapelli is USDA certified organic. When possible, we try to get organic products so that we’re not adding any additional pesticides or chemicals into our systems, so having affordable and easy to find products available that are organic makes me a happy mama. Plus, you can print a $1.00 OFF coupon at www.CarapelliUSA.com to save a little bit more. Olive oil is good for your heart, and adds a wonderful depth of flavor to dishes- and makes for a wonderful appetizer to have at any holiday gathering when mixed with some spices and placed in dipping bowls with fresh bread!!
How do you like to use olive oil? Do you cook with it? Bake with it? Tell me your favorite ways to use it – I’m all about the olive oil now!!