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Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

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Archive for the Category 'Oil and Vinegar News'

Balsamic Vinegar Is Healthy With Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil are regarded as a healthy mixture by nutritionist and food professionals. Balsamic vinaigrettes are a healthy salad dressing option to that of bottled commercial salad dressings that have been processed and have many ingredients that are not favorable to a healthy diet. Most people rave about the flavor combination and full-bodied taste a balsamic vinaigrette brings to a salad. The balsamic vinaigrette has became the favorite salad dressing recommended by dietitians. A mixture of balsamic vinegar and olive oil offers antioxidant ingredients and heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. As an alternative to commercial processed salad dressings, a fresh made balsamic vinaigrette can help lower cholesterol levels. Balsamic vinegar is fat-free, high in potassium, and boasts of flavor unlike any other vinegar.

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Olive Oil Health Benefits

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Olive oil health benefits are attributed to olive oil’s high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and also its high content of antioxidants. Extra virgin olive oil, from the first pressing of the olives, contains higher levels of antioxidants, particularly vitamin E and phenols. No other naturally produced oil has as large an amount of monounsaturated as extra virgin olive oil, specifically oleic acid. Most other vegetable oils may need to be detoxified and refined. Another of the health benefits of olive oil is that cold, or fresh pressed extra virgin olive oil can be consumed immediately and will retain the natural olive variety flavor, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants of the ripe olives. It is important to know many smaller estate olive producers hand pick the olives to preserve their freshness and maintain a high quality of harvest.

According to health experts, the health benefits of olive oil include cardiovascular aspects and recommended olive oil to be used in the diet. Olive oil which is 74% mono unsaturated fat, and is believed to increase, HDL or the good cholesterol. Olive oil is also believed to reduce or lower LDL, or the so-called bad cholesterol. The combination of garlic, onions, olive oil, and vinegar in the Mediterranean diet is now recognized by nutritionist professionals as a healthy dietary preventative measure for cardiovascular disorders. It is believed that the extensive use of fresh vegetables, fruits, and unprocessed foods contribute to the health benefit of the Mediterranean diet.

Many doctors are aware of the health benefits of olive oil and will encourage you to lower total fat and calories in your diet, and substituting butter, margarine and tropical oils with healthy fats like olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is easy to digest by the body and it also helps the assimilation of other important dietary ingredients and vitamins. Extra virgin olive oil is one of the few natural oils that can be eaten without chemical processing.

Eating healthy is a primary recommendation for those of the baby boomer era. Simple adaptations to the nominal diet can be advantageous to your health. Oil and vinegar recipes, such as; extra virgin olive oil combined with balsamic vinegar will make an excellent healthy salad dressing alternative.

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How important is quality olive oil in the kitchen?

Monday, February 05th, 2007

oil and vinegarTry to imagine authentic Italian cooking and recipes without olive oil.
What would a pasta sauce be without olive oil?
Olive oil is used in numerous culinary creations. Olive oil is used in drizzling, baking, deep frying, and sautéing. It is also used as a marinade or dressing over salads. Drizzled olive oil goes over cooked vegetables, meats, and seafood. A fine quality olive oil is often used as a finish to soups and bean dishes.For general purpose cooking almost any olive oil will do. Reserve a fine quality extra virgin olive oil for drizzling over salads and finished dishes. This works especially well over fish and vegetables. Remember, the better the olive oil that you use, the better tasting your prepared food will be. Keep your olive oil in a cool dark pantry, and always in a glass decanter for preservation.Each olive oil has its own individual taste, indicative of the variety of olive and place of growing origin. Many of the finest olive oils originate from the Mediterranean countries. Spain is considered one of the finest olive oil producers. You may desire to search out your preferred taste in olive oil. Today there are numerous varieties to choose from, and can be easily found at a gourmet market or online gourmet shop.

In new studies, olive oil has been found to be good for you, especially as a source of Omega 3 fatty acids. It is also a great alternative to products such as margarine which are high in trans fatty acids.

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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.

 


Olive Oil And The Healthy Mediterranean Diet

Saturday, September 09th, 2006

oil and vinegarHealth researchers have for years believed that the most important health promoting ingredient in virgin olive oil is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat. But if that were the case, then all monounsaturated fats — such as safflower oil and canola oil, would be just as healthy for the body. Repeated research suggests that olive oil is superior to other monounsaturated fats, and a group of European researchers now think they know why. Olive oil contains an abundance of polyphenols, plant substances that appear to also protect the heart, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Specifically, virgin olive oil has much higher amounts of polyphenals than refined oil olive. (nominal virgin olive oil comes from the first pressing of the olive fruit. Refined olive oil is derived from later pressings.)  As part of the study, 200 middle-aged men consumed about two tablespoons of virgin oil a day for three weeks. The men were then switched to various mixtures of non-virgin oils for similar periods.

The results revealed polyphenol-rich virgin olive oil did a better job at boosting the men’s level of “good cholesterol,” which clears artery-clogging fats from the bloodstream.

At the same time, it also seems to mitigate the potential harm done by “bad” cholesterol.

“Our study shows that olive oil is more than a monounsaturated fat . . . and the polyphenol content can account for the further [health] benefits,” according to the research team led by Maria-Isabel Covas at the Municipal Institute for Medical Research in Barcelona, Spain.

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Requests For Cooking Recipes And Food Writing Links

Friday, September 08th, 2006

Everyone knows it’s difficult and daunting for new website owners to get themselves noticed. We will be promoting this thread specifically for food related link request and exchanges. Here you can post your own backlink to your foodie site using the comment/reply feature, and receive a permanent backlink. 

If you have a food oriented site you may consider the following:

1. Post a comment here with details about your site and its content. In your comment please note the Title, description, keywords or tags, and the url where you can be found. Your comment will be reviewed and approved usually the same day. You can place as many comments as you like, as long as each one relates to a different site, (i.e. two sites would be two comments.)

2. We will review your site and if your site is a blog with page rank we will consider exchanging blogroll links with you as well. We will place your link in our blogroll as long as you do the same.

3. For those who wish to write 300-500 words of unique content about their site, we will review for food relevance, and put up a post of your own in this category, here is an example.

Take a moment and create a few lines of descriptive text for your site, this will give the SERPs more credence for your backlink.

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Site Title: Gourmet Oil and Vinegar and cooking resources
Site Description: Healthy oil and vinegar recipes and products with archived chef discussion regarding olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and the healthy Mediterranean Diet
Tags: oil and vinegar, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, vinaigrette recipes
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Olive Oil Abroad

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Currently there are over 260 varieties of olives grown in Spain. These are used for table olives, pickled olives and pressed olive oil. Spain is one of the leading producers of organic olive oil. The cold press or cold process is also normally used in most quality olive oil production estates.

Spanish chefs use extra-virgin olive oil, which is the finest and most flavorful oil, for frying. Very few American chefs, recommend extra-virgin olive oil for anything other than drizzling over salads and vegetables because of its low smoke point. In Spain, chefs sauté and fry in extra-virgin and also reuse the olive oil numerous times before discarding it.The Spanish olive oil producers make a light olive oil that is a mixture of refined olive oil with some extra-virgin added. Apparently, it is made almost entirely for the American market. It is the norm that only blended olive oils are marketed in the US. In Spain, “varietal” olive oils are also made from a single type olive. Each oil has a completely different flavor and palate.The color of the oil does not necessarily reflect the taste and quality. You may think a dark, emerald-green oil would have better flavor. That is not always true. To find the best olive oil, you need to taste it for yourself.olive oil, organic olive oil, cold pressed olive oil

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