Years ago, most of us only used Extra Virgin Olive Oil when we were cooking traditional Mediterranean style foods. Back then, most of us didn’t know or even care that
Olive Oil was actually a healthy oil! All we were concerned with was the rich fruity flavor it added to pastas, meats, fish, and salads.
Fast forward to today. The choices of Extra Virgin Olive Oil are endless and price points run the gamut. So why should you purchase a
gourmet quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil for many of your cooking needs? The choice is simple! Like fine wine, gourmet quality olive oils have been specially blended to achieve a particular flavor. No two brands of Extra Virgin Olive Oil are exactly alike. Each is unique and should be enjoyed, just as you would enjoy a glass of fine wine, for its flavor and color nuances.
|At The Posh Gourmet, when we purchase gourmet Extra Virgin Olive Oils, we taste each and every one more than one time. Our selections are based on production methods, uniqueness of character, color, and value. We will not sell an Extra Virgin Olive Oil that we would not use in our own cooking.|
Gourmet quality oils can and should be enjoyed often. Don’t let the bottle sit on the pantry shelf. As with most oils, Extra Virgin Olive Oils should be used within a few months of opening for best flavor. The uses for gourmet olive oil is endless. It is best to use as a ‘condiment’ to add another layer of flavor to your creations.
Although all Olive Oils have a high smoke point, high heat will destroy many of the wonderful flavors of extra virgin oil. For this reason, as a general rule, use gourmet Extra Virgin Olive Oil for sautéing or brush on grilled meats, fish, and poultry during the last few minutes of cooking.
How to use your new Gourmet Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
The complex taste of a gourmet Extra Virgin Olive Oil makes it the perfect choice for dipping chunks crusty French or Italian bread. Drizzle gourmet oil over sautéed spinach or grilled vegetables for a gourmet touch. Toss EVOO with garlic and pasta for a delicious entrée or use as a substitute for butter on potatoes or vegetables.
Combine Extra Virgin Olive Oil with any of our gourmet vinegars to create an outstanding dipping oil or vinaigrette. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a delicious substitute for butter on potatoes or toss with fresh herbs and sprinkle on soups, stews, salads & pasta dishes for added flavor. EVOO can be infused by gently heating with garlic and herbs and then steeping 15-30 minutes. Substitute rich, flavorful, and healthy gourmet Extra Virgin Olive Oil for butter or vegetable oil in recipes.
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