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Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Archive for November, 2008

Oil and Vinegar Cruet Set Simple Cleaning Instructions

Friday, November 21st, 2008

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How to keep your Glass Cruet Sets sparkling clean all the time.

As a rule of thumb, clean the oil and vinegar cruets as often as you empty them. Leaving oil and vinegar inside the cruet set for a long extended length of time is not recommended. Residue will build up and the cruets may be difficult to clean.

The Cruets are very easy to clean. For best results, we recommend cleaning the Cruets by hand with a Gel Dishwasher Detergent. We found “Palmolive Gel Dishwasher Detergent” to be outstanding. If there are several different Palmolive Dishwasher Gels to choose from, be sure to select one that says “sparkling shine” and “no powder residue” if possible. We recommend the “Baking Soda Fresh Scent.” After cleaning the grape cruet, it will  have condensation on the inside because it is a “glass within glass” double vessel. It is easy to dry the cruet in a heated oven, (and perfectly safe) because the glass cruets sets are made from a special Simax glass, similiar to Pyrex, which can withstand high temps without breaking. FYI, Simax glass is a borosilicate glass, which is also used to make laboratory glassware.

Clean the Glass Cruets as follows:

1. Put on a pair of rubber gloves.
2. Empty Cruet and rinse well, shaking the Cruet with very warm to hot tap water.
3. Place the empty Cruet in the sink.
4. Pour small amount of Palmolive Gel Dishwasher Detergent in Cruet (2–3 Tablespoons)
5. Then add very warm to hot tap water to fill the Cruet about 1/2 full.
6. Cover Cruet spout opening/openings with fingers.
7. Gently shake Cruet to mix Palmolive Gel and water.
8. Then slowly add enough warm to hot tap water to completely fill the Cruet.
9. Set the filled Cruet in the sink, and let it soak for about 5 minutes.
10. Shake soapy mixture well.
11. Rinse several times, very well.
12. Carefully set Cruet upside down on a clean dish cloth to remove any excess water.
13. Preheat Oven to 325 degrees.
14. Place Cruet on oven pan right side up. Place in oven for 20 min. to dry.
15. Using an oven mitt, carefully remove pan with Cruet from oven.
16. Let it cool for about 15-20 minutes.
17. Refill Cruet.

Note: For the drizzle cruets, we recommend hand washing the spouts after each use, this will keep them looking pristine for the next table presentation.

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Oil and Vinegar Cruet Glass

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Oil and Vinegar Cruet Grape Cluster Design Called Grape Cruet

Oil and Vinegar Cruet Set

The ideal oil and vinegar cruet will also double as a drizzle cruet. These unique serving cruets, with their elegant Euro design, provide a lovely way to present your finest olive oil and balsamic vinegar to your dinner guests or family. Most importantly, their flared necks prevent unsightly drips and their glass spouts are non-corrosive and more hygienic. In addition, these two piece oil and vinegar cruets are made from the most durable of technical grade glass and drizzle perfectly any manner of oil, vinegar or flavored syrups. The flared necks also act as funnels when refilling, and help prevent the sticky, oily unpleasant touch of handling bottles that drip.

Oil and Vinegar Cruet Glass

If you have ever picked up an oil and vinegar cruet that was slippery from drips down the sides making it difficult to hold, easily tipped over and unattractive in appearance, you have probably been using one of the inexpensive bottles found in convenience and grocery stores. Often they are just the simplest of designs, a rubber or chrome spout dispensing which are not very effective for the olive oil inside. You should especially not be using a matching pair of this type of oil and vinegar cruet to dispense vinegar as well as oil. Spouts made from anything other than ceramic or stainless steel will become corroded from extended exposure to vinegar, … another unattractive table presentation to avoid.

It is very important that olive oil be stored in a different manner than it is dispensed. Large, clear bottles with spouts are ineffective for storage as they do not protect the contents from light and air. You will usually find that the manufacturer has used dark colored bottles to shield the precious oil from ultraviolet light, and provided cork stoppers or reusable caps to seal the bottle once it has been opened.

As effective a means of storage as the darkened, air-tight bottle provides, it is not the best means for dispensing the oil at the dinner table. For normal table use, it is recommended you use a decanting oil and vinegar cruet, which is the most durable and practical. Add a smaller quantity of oil (6 to 8 ounces) to the bottle. You will have to refill it more often, but that will guarantee that the oil is always fresh and the delicate flavor is preserved.

 

Oil and Vinegar Cruet Dressing For The Salad

Friday, November 14th, 2008

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Sublimely Simple Salad Dressing

For the simplest salad dressings, you need only blend an acid like vinegar or the juice of a citrus fruit, with a healthy oil such as olive, nut or one with a neutral flavor, and season it with salt and pepper.

With a brisk whisk, the complementary flavors of the oil and vinegar blend together beautifully. You’ll need to restore the balance by whisking the oil and vinegar again before pouring in a glass cruet to dress the salad. Without an emulsifying ingredient the two will always separate.

So if you’d like the oil and vinegar to not separate, you may add mustard to emulsify the mixture in a creamy dressing. As good cooks know, after whisking the vinegar and mustard together, the oil must be gradually added or you’ll risk the dressing separating, resulting in what kitchen parlance calls a “break”. Nor can you add mustard to the oil at the end of the procedure. It will clump up in the dressing and cause the oil and vinegar to separate.

A kitchen towel provides a handy assist to keep the bowl from moving about while you are simultaneously whisking and slowing pouring in the oil. Simply fold it lengthwise, twist it tightly, and form a ring the size of the base of the bowl.
When the bowl is placed on top, it will remain stable and make your whisking and pouring much easier.

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Oil and Vinegar and Eating Well

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

A Salad Dressing can Contribute to a Healthier Diet

In today’s world, time is of the essence. We rush, we cut corners, we sometimes even compromise. In no area is this as prevalent as in food preparation. In the not too distant past, many hours of each day were devoted to planning, shopping for and preparing tasty meals. We simply don’t take the time necessary these days to create good, wholesome dishes. And all this corner-cutting could prove detrimental to our health as we choose foods that are fast rather than good for us.

If you don’t want salad dressings full of preservative, additives, damaged polyunsaturated oils like soybean or canola, sugar and sodium and even sometimes hydrogenated fats, stay away from those that are commercially prepared. You can make your own healthier versions in very little time.

It’s simple to make a perfect vinaigrette with just three basic ingredients: a healthy fat, an acid and, if you want a consistent “creamy” dressing, an emulsifier. Here is an easy recipe which will take less than five minutes to prepare:

The juice of half a lemon, squeezed into a small bowl, provides the necessary acid. Be sure there are no seeds or pulp. Next, a tablespoon of Dijon mustard serves as an emulsifier when it is mixed with the lemon juice. Finally, one cup of extra virgin olive oil – the healthy fat – is added to the mixture, poured in a thin stream while vigorously whisking. And that’s it: a beautifully blended, rich and creamy dressing in just a few minutes.

If you’d like, you might add a bit of unrefined sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to enhance the flavor. Or you can substitute flax oil for about ¼ of the olive oil to add healthy omega-3 essential fats. If you are not fond of Dijon mustard, a raw egg yolk will serve well as the emulsifier.

Creative cooks will find this basic recipe perfect for adding their own unique touch. An authentic Caesar dressing can be conjured up with the addition of an egg yolk, finely chopped garlic anchovy paste and maybe chopped capers. Or make grapefruit vinaigrette by adding freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice. With your favorite, finely-chopped herbs, you will discover new flavors. Substitute balsamic vinegar for lemon to produce a balsamic vinaigrette. Or find another flavored vinegar to subtly alter the flavor– how about pear vinegar in a salad of fresh pear slices and Roquefort? And a raspberry vinaigrette is as easy as mashing up fresh raspberries (but be sure to use a strainer to keep out the seeds).

Order of operation is important, here. Just remember to add all ingredients to the emulsifier and acid mixture before slowly pouring in the oil. A hand-blender or food processor may be used to save time and save a tired arm when preparing more complicated dressings, like the Caesar.

You can create a better and healthier version of any grocery store dressing with this basic recipe and your own imagination, and you can do it quickly and at home. Who knows, you may come up with a fantastic new taste destined to become your signature dressing.

Healthy and inexpensive, this one little step takes you away from the processed food aisle and introduces healthier and tastier flavors to your table.

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Drizzle Olive Oil, dripless unique gift

Thursday, November 06th, 2008

A Drizzle of Olive Oil without the drip?

As more and more people realize the healthy benefits of the Mediterranean diet, olive oil is becoming more popular not only to cook with, but to add flavoring to favorite dishes. A drizzle of oil and vinegar improve the tastes in any diet. A perfect gift idea, therefore, Is an oil and vinegar drizzler to use for both cooking and serving.

Our oil and vinegar drizzlers are designed to dispense a light stream, just the right amount of oil and vinegar when dressing fresh salad greens or flavoring pasta dishes. Gourmet chefs recognize the importance of the right measure of quality olive oil or cooking oil used in the preparation of an entrée.

An elegant display of oil and vinegar for any table or kitchen, the Euro designed vinegar and oil drizzlers are hand crafted from durable clear borosilicate glass. The oily and sticky residue which can coat the decanter are not a problem with the special non-drip design. Each oil and vinegar drizzler fits nicely in your hand and is easy to use, with a capacity of 6 ounces.

Beautifully hand-crafted, the oil and vinegar drizzlers are made of two piece glass composition. They will not corrode when exposed to vinegar and can safely be put in a dishwasher. Each drizzle cruet, perfectly balanced, features glass pour spouts which fit into a flared neck to prevent drips from running down the outside. Use drizzlers for just the right amount of olive oil over antipasto, salads, baked focaccia bread or hot pasta.

Leave your oil and vinegar drizzler on the table as a lovely centerpiece. You may want to use it during any meal. As a unique gift, drizzlers are ideal for dispensing oils, vinegars, dressings or flavored syrups. Any host or hostess will welcome one as a gift.

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A Bread Dipping Gift Set

Tuesday, November 04th, 2008

bread dipping giftCruets Gourmet Bread Dipping Gift Set includes Herbs and Spices to start a meal in style or make a delicious Italian snack memorable.
Need to find a holiday, housewarming, or hostess gift? The beautifully-crafted Bread Dipping Set is a truly unique selection which will be used over and over through the years, at get-togethers with family and friends.

This gourmet gift set delivers flavors reminiscent of old Tuscany in a blend of the Italian Bread Dipping Herbs and Spices. The quality blend of ingredients, all natural, includes garlic, sun dried tomatoes, parsley, basil and oregano, with no MSG and no trans fats. Add to favorite recipes to enhance the flavors or used as a dip for freshly-baked bread, For even more flavor, you can soak 1 tablespoon of spices in 2 tablespoons of water for about 10 minutes. Drain the water and pour in extra virgin olive oil. 

Bring old world Tuscan charm to your table with quality stoneware bread dipping dishes of bone white color. Beautifully designed with artistic spiral lines, the durable dishes are made of fine American stoneware with a pleasing appearance enhanced by a shiny gloss resulting from high firing. The simple beauty of the design means these dishes will coordinate well with existing tableware or be welcome in a new home. They are both microwave and dishwasher safe.

• Fine quality, durable kitchen stoneware
• Chip resistant and dishwasher and microwave safe
• Made exclusively in the USA
• A Cruets.com Exclusive gift

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Christmas Gift Ideas

Saturday, November 01st, 2008

Christmas Gift ideas, with class, yet affordable. 

Each year the holiday season brings the familiar question, ‘where do we look for Christmas gift ideas?’ Taste and personal preference matter, as well as the budget, so a good selection of holiday gift ideas must be affordably priced to suit every person on the gift list. Shopping online for Christmas gift ideas is easy and will save a tremendous amount of time without the commute to the mall or the gas pump.

Cruets.com is a wonderful place to shop for that perfect gift. Here, you will find very special and unique Christmas gift ideas for about $50.00 or less. You’ll not only enjoy the pleasure of shopping online, but will be amazed at the delightful assortment of exclusive Holiday gifts affordably priced to fit any budget.

Because good food always goes with the Holiday Season, why not consider gourmet food gifts for everyone on your Gift list? Gourmet Oil and Vinegar condiments are not only welcome flavors of gourmet food for any kitchen, but very healthy for you too. For the health conscious, Cruets.com offers a quality Gourmet Gift Set of Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar which includes a uniquely hand blown glass-in-glass Grape Cruet. The Grape Cruet is a unique kitchen gift that makes quite a fantastic table presentation, perfect for Christmas, or any occasion, and may also be purchased individually. Each Grape Cruet includes air tight cork closures for freshness and quality.

Everyone loves oil and vinegar, but there is one drawback and that is the drip. If that is a concern, you may want to select the elegantly crafted matching Drizzle Cruets that do just that; “drizzle” rather than “pour” an undesirable amount over a salad or dish. The Drizzle Cruets are very lovely to hold and are specifically designed not to drip! They may also be purchased as a Gift Set with the Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar if you desire. Another delightful gift idea is the elegantly designed Bread Dipping Dishes, sold as a Gift Set of 4 dishes with gourmet Bread Dipping Herbs and Spices and imported Extra Virgin Olive Oil. For the Balsamic Vinegar connoisseurs we suggest what is called “Simply the best Balsamic Vinegar we offer.” A superb gift idea to accompany this incredible Balsamic Vinegar, we recommend the dessert toppings of hand made Chocolate and 100% Pure Red Raspberry. For the tight budget, you may want to select the classic Glass Teapot that whistles to let you know the water is ready hot!  Visit Cruets.com and check out the Christmas gift ideas for yourself. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

 

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