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Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

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Oil and Vinegar

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

A Mediterranean diet includes natural foods, including olive oil, nuts and tomatoes. When it was revealed through scientific studies that people in the Mediterranean were less susceptible to coronary illness than other parts of the world many of us sat up and took notice to the facts. And though many people may not understand why the Mediterranean diet promoted so many health benefits they welcomed the use of olive oil as an almost integral part of their diet and it is now a commonplace food item in most homes.

Olive oil can be used in a variety of ways. To make a superb salad dressing olive oil can be mixed with excellent balsamic vinegar. The resulting dressing is not only an ideal accompaniment for salads but can be used for bread dipping. Delicious rustic Italian breads and an olive oil and balsamic combination make a wonderful appetizer and are frequently offered in most good Italian restaurants.

Oil and vinegar have always been immensely popular as part of a Mediterranean diet but is now enjoyed globally not only for its taste but for the fact that it is actually good for you and has surprising benefits to health. It is not surprising that a delicious extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing would be preferable to other low calorie substitutes that may help reduce cholesterol but lack flavour. Irrespective of health benefits olive oil and vinegar are widely enjoyed by everyone in many different ways.

Only extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar are used to make good quality vinaigrette. It is very important to use only the best extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar as it will certainly reflect in the taste, texture and overall flavour of the dressing. In Italy it would be unheard of to use any oil and vinegar that were not of the best standard. Most chefs will choose only extra virgin olive oil for its unadulterated flavour. The best vinegar for a good vinaigrette recipe is aged balsamic vinegar of Modena. Extra virgin olive oil has a unique and pure flavour that cannot be compromised especially when creating dishes where olive oil is not combined with any other ingredient and the full flavour of the oil must be appreciated.

To preserve the shelf life of olive oil and extra virgin olive oil it is important to store them correctly. If olive oil is bought in a large container it can be decanted into smaller containers for storage purposes. Olive oil should be stored in a cool dark area of your kitchen or pantry. Before use olive oil should be transferred to a decanter, such as the oil and vinegar cruet. It is a handblown cruet and this olive oil cruet is designed to preserve your olive oil and vinegar, a two in one cruet. Cruets.com stocks this particular cruet, known as the Grape Cruet

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Oil and vinegar set, a gourmet drizzler set

Sunday, April 01st, 2007

oil and vinegar setOil and vinegar set. A drizzler set is the chef’s choice of the perfect gourmet gift. An oil and vinegar set that does not drip makes a perfect gourmet gift idea.select item

The glass drizzler set will display on the table well and dispense olive oil and vinegar perfectly. This olive oil cruet set is custom made and hand blown in Europe. Elegant Euro design accentuates the drizzler set’s practicality for table use and also as a chef’s cooking tool. Balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil are recommended to be dispensed with a frugal ‘drizzle,’ which this oil and vinegar set accomplishes easily, and with no drip down the bottle sides, or residual table mess.

The drizzler set was made to easily fit in your hand and set upright on the table with little chance for tipping over. Cold pressed olive oil and balsamic vinegar are best dispensed in glass containers. A glass vessel is hygienic and preserves the delicate flavors and composition of your prized condiments better than other cruets made from other materials. Our matching oil and vinegar set has two vessels which are made up of two piece cruets. Each handblown cruet has a glass pour spout and corresponding vessel body.

Formed from restaurant grade glass, the cruet set is very durable for extended use. Glass pour spouts seat firmly into vessel with ground glass friction fit. Flared glass neck receptacle accepts ground glass spout and catches any drip, and also serves a a built-in funnel for filling. The drizzler set incorporates glass spouts which have an integral vent for pressure equalization when pouring liquids. The cruet set was designed for easy olive oil and vinegar drizzle application, and restricts inadvertent or excessive pouring and drips. Our drizzler set offers perfect decanting of condiments such as soy sauce, truffle oil, cooking oil, olive oil, and other flavored vinegars while cooking or serving.

An oil and vinegar cruet set is the perfect gourmet gift idea for any cook or kitchen. Each matched cruet set is Dishwasher safe. Hand made in Europe. Each oil and vinegar set includes two separate vessels which hold 6 fl oz. each. Oil and vinegar is not included with drizzler set.

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Oil And Vinegar

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

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Oil and vinegar condiments and cooking uses are becoming increasingly popular. Oil and vinegar recipes, along with oil and vinegar health benefits are extremely diverse and volumes can be written about them. An oil and vinegar cruet is more common in the gourmet kitchen, and used more frequently. The culinary category of oil and vinegar has been expanded with new products brought about by new manufacturing producers and processes. Oil and vinegar products have increased dramatically with the arrival of new flavored oils and infused oils, along with flavored vinegars and balsamic vinegars. Vinegar and oil may seem to be simple pantry staples, but they are more than that. Oil and vinegar are ingredients that many of us use nearly every day. Oil and vinegar appears in recipes of nearly all the cuisines of the world. The mixtures of oil and vinegar result in delicious dressings, toppings, sauces, vinaigrettes, and marinades.
Scientific research that has examined the health benefits of olive oil, and also that of vinegar is now revealing data that substantiates a multitude of healthy advantages for those people who consume cold pressed extra virgin olive oil and also quality produced vinegar. Olive oil has long been associated with the Mediterranean Diet. As a staple ingredient of the Mediterranean Diet, extra virgin olive oil ads flavor and health benefits to this cuisine. Dietary professionals have taken notice that those people who eat a Mediterranean Diet, have shown a remarkable healthy lifestyle. Olive oil is known to have high levels of antioxidants, and is recognized for its natural composition of monounsaturated fatty acids, which unlike animal fats, is healthy for you.Historically vinegar has been used as a tonic for poor health, as a preservative for canning and pickling, and its acidic taste is used extensively for culinary purposes. Quality vinegar will give characteristics such as tartness or a subtle sour taste to recipes such as vinaigrettes and marinades. A marinade that contains vinegar as an ingredient should also include a combination of oil, preferably olive oil, and herbs and spices. Vinegar in one’s diet is a detoxification agent, and the acetic acid increases metabolism and helps burn or dissolve fats in the body.

Increasing oil and vinegar in one’s diet will continue to promote health especially when combined with fresh fruits and vegetables. Many gourmet chefs are producing oil and vinegar recipes that are delicious and healthy without sacrificing exquisite taste. Oil and vinegar cruets are now popular for gift selections. Cruets.com always has the handblown cruet in stock.


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An Ideal Kitchen Gift, Glass Olive Oil Cruets

Monday, October 30th, 2006

For the chef who loves to drizzle olive oil, gift a new European set of matching oil and vinegar cruets.

Crafted Euro style and design of the elegant glass handblown cruet. These olive oil cruets are the perfect dispensers for gourmet olive oil and tradizionale aceto balsamico. They are great to display quality oil and vinegar on any dining table. Each oil and vinegar cruet is made from hygienic hand-blown borosilicate Simax glass. Simax glass is a durable and practical kitchen-ware glass material, similar to Pyrex glass. Each cruet holds 6 fl oz. and is dishwasher safe. When using glass cruets, there is no metallic corrosion after extended exposure to vinegar. Cruets.com grape cruets are all glass composition. 2 piece cruet: one glass pour spout and corresponding vessel body. Each grape cruet has a flared neck receptacle which accepts a ground glass spout and catches any drip. The flared neck also doubles as a built-in funnel for filling. Glass spouts have an integral vent for pressure equalization when pouring liquid.

The glass pour spouts will seat into the bottom vessel by friction fit. Just press firmly into place. The glass pour spouts are especially designed with a vent and pour opening that is optimum to apply a thin drizzle steam of oil and vinegar while cooking or serving.

A set of glass grape cruets displays well on any dining table, yet is very practical for every day use, and best of all, the perfect unique gift idea you were looking for.

 


Storing Olive Oil In The Kitchen

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

oil and vinegarYou can store olive oil in a ceramic or stainless steel container. Glass is usually the best choice and also the most practical. Do not store olive oil in a metallic container like copper, tin, or iron. A Plastic container will add a plastic taste or flavor to the olive oil over time. Storing olive oil in your oil and vinegar cruet is ideal if placed in the pantry when not in use. Cruets.com has the grape handblown cruet available in stockIt is best to place a storage container of olive oil in the pantry; a cool dark place is optimum. Olive oil that has been affected by heat or intensive light will have a copper hue and will have the characteristic of oxidization. Olive oil that is stored properly can keep up to two years. There are some experts who say that olive oil can be kept indefinitely under perfect conditions. Remember olive oil does not improve while it ages. It is not like wine. Olive oil is best used during the first year after it is pressed. Olive oil is most flavorful, during the first two months after pressing. Never refrigerate olive oil. This will impede the flavor and interrupt the active life of olive oil.storing olive oil, drizzle cruet

 

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Warm Asparagus with Tarragon Vinaigrette

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Food writer, Georgeanne Brennan, says, ‘This simple dish has such a compelling taste.” Serve with grilled or pan-fried salmon, chicken or steak. You’ll find the vinaigrette is so good with these entrees, you’ll be topping each forkful with some.

Warm Asparagus with Tarragon Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons gourmet Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup Champagne vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil poured from an olive oil cruet. Cruets.com has the finest and yet most affordable oil and vinegar handblown cruet in stock.
  • 2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon
  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus spears


Method:

In a small bowl place mustard and whisk in the vinegar, salt and pepper. Slowly add the olive oil, whisking constantly, until completely incorporated. Stir in the shallots and tarragon. Set to one side for at least 15 minutes.
Trim the asparagus, discarding woody ends. Steam, roast or grill the spears whole until just tender when pierced with a fork. Do not overcook.
Arrange the still-warm asparagus on a warm serving plate, spoon the dressing over it and turn the asparagus gently to coat.
Serves 4 to 6

 

Cherry Bruschetta Bread

Monday, October 09th, 2006

Cherry Bruschetta Bread

Recipe by: Chef Dan Eaton

Ingredients:
– 1 cup pitted sweet cherries
– 7 ounces goat cheese (such as chevre)
– One 6 ounce bag baby arugula
– 8 slices country whole wheat bread, toasted

– (approximately 1/4 cup oil to 2 Tbs vinegar)
– Sea Salt to taste
for the dressing: 2 parts extra virgin olive oil to 1 part aged balsamic vinegar to taste, poured from an oil and vinegar cruet. Fine gourmet handblown cruets such as these can be found at cruets.com.


Method:

Pit fresh cherries. (Be careful because the cherry juice will stain). Combine the pitted cherries with the arugula leaves, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar. You can add some European flavor to your cooking by building a meal around a loaf of bread and cheese. Chef Dan Eaton shows us how to make an upscale meal with cherry bruschetta.Salt to taste. Slice the whole wheat bread, and toast those in the toaster, until they’re lightly browned. Once the bread is nicely toasted, put a swipe of goat cheese on each one. Put those on a plate and top them with some of the cherries and arugula.

Helpful hints:
Use a whole wheat pecan or walnut bread if you can find it or toast some slivered almonds to use as a finishing garnish.

Serves 4

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Simple Olive Oil Tomato Salad

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
  • 7 medium red ripe tomatoes, cut into thick slices
  • 12 orange cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 2 ears sweet corn
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed through a garlic press
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted and cut into thin wedges
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • Sea or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Extra-virgin olive oil to taste
  • Dash of aged balsamic vinegar


On a large serving platter, arrange the thick sliced tomatos. Scatter cherry tomatoes slices over them. Cut the corn kernels from the uncooked cobs. You can do this by standing each ear on its wide end. Use a serrated knife to saw down the length of the ear. Scatter the kernels, diced sweet onion, minced or pressed garlic, avocado slices, and basil over the tomatoes. If the basil leaves are large, tear them into smaller pieces. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil from an olive oil cruet. A dash of aged balsamic vinegar is optional.

6 to 8 servings.

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Christmas Gift Shopping

Wednesday, September 06th, 2006

Christmas gift shopping is just around the corner, and at Cruets.com you may find all that is required for your gift list this holiday season. Gourmet gifts are popular selections for anyone who loves good food. Multiple gifts purchased together will work well for individual presents. With the Pantry Gift Box Selection, you can purchase 5 items and wrap them yourself for several different gift recipients. Discounts will also apply for quantity purchases.

Select the Pantry Gift Box for 5 gourmet Christmas gifts. For entertaining, you can use the Smoked Sockeye Salmon Fillet for party hors d’oeuvres. The Olivewood herb and spice mill is filled with dried Herbes de Provence an exquisite natural seasoning from France.

Pantry Gift Box includes

  • 1 Grape Oil and Vinegar Cruet, with bartop corks
  • 1 Olivewood Herb mill, comes filled with Herbes de Provence
  • 1 Ergo Potato Masher
  • 1 Isle of Capri Blend Sea Salt, 5 oz.
  • 1 Smoked Sockeye Salmon Alaskan Fillet, 8 oz Several other gourmet gift combinations offer special pricing for Christmas gifts as well.

See our other Gourmet Gift Sets:


Oil Lamps & Grape Cruet Set
Olive Wood Herb Mill and Servers Set
Oil and Vinegar Gourmet Gift Set
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Where does the expression ‘drizzle’ come from?

Friday, September 01st, 2006

olive oil bottleA cruet will drizzle olive oil perfectly regardless which kitchen it is in, yours, or the fancy one on TV’s Gourmet Food Show.

When gourmet chefs first implored us to drizzle olive oil on garden salads and on grilled fish, the problem wasn’t just that drizzle is a silly word, but good quality olive oil was hard to find. For decades bland tasting, golden olive oils have dominated the market. They may have been fine for frying, but no where near good enough to garnish a newly grilled salmon. Now we are seeing an offering of quality olive oils. Retailers are stocking better Italian and Spanish olive oils. So the drizzle effect can continue ever so abundantly.

But what is meant by “drizzle” over this…?

A quick look at the proper definition will help.

driz·zle
[driz-uhl]verb, -zled, -zling, noun
–verb
1. to rain gently and steadily in fine drops; sprinkle: It drizzled throughout the night.
2. to fall in fine drops.
3. to rain or let fall in fine drops; sprinkle: He drizzled honey over the fruit.
4. to pour in a fine stream: Drizzle melted butter over the breadcrumb topping.
5. a very light rain.
6. Meteorology. precipitation consisting of numerous, minute droplets of water less than 1/50 in. (0.5 mm) in diameter.
 Related forms drizzly, adverb driz·zle (drzl) v. driz·zled, driz·zling, driz·zles   

To rain gently in fine, mistlike drops.
To let fall in fine drops or particles: drizzled melted butter over the asparagus.
To moisten with fine drops: drizzled the asparagus with melted butter.
 n.
A fine, gentle, misty rain.

[Perhaps from Middle English drisning, fall of dew, from Old English -drysnian, …]

With a definition of ‘drizzle’ fresh before us, now we can see what the food writers and gourmet chefs have been intending us to ‘dew’ with our olive oil. drizzle olive oil, drizzle cruet, gourmet drizzler
      

 

 

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