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Olive Oil Taste Testing

If you’re looking for a new way to season your vegetables, spice up your fish, marinate your meats, or just create a great dip, then olive oil and balsamic vinegar tastings might be for you.

Olive oil is a staple in most Mediterranean diets and has become popular in Western cooking in the recent decades. Many may not know this, but there are over 20 different types of olive oils, infused with various herbs and spices. When paired with infused balsamic vinegars, the flavor combination possibilities are endless.

Generally when it comes to taste testings wine might come to mind, maybe even cheese or coffee, but never oil. The best way to taste test the quality of olive oil is to place a small amount in a glass, and take a sniff. It should smell fresh. If it smells slightly musty or like cardboard the oil is not pure or has gone bad. Don’t worry if you’re a newbie to all of this, the expert doing the tasting will guide you. And if guzzling a little oil by itself sounds unappetizing, you can always pair the oil with a balsamic vinegar or dip in some bread.

the olive pantry

The Olive Pantry

various herbs

There are several places that sell premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars, The Olive Pantry is one that is local to where I live and has become my summer favorite place to shop. They do walk-in taste testings and have a list of pairings that they recommend(which I plan to try out every single one as a part of my summer bucket list). Due to my soy allergy, I haven’t been able to eat any of my favorite Asian dishes., that is until they recommended I try the Honey Ginger Balsamic Vinegar which mimics the flavor I was going for in my orange chicken.

Perfect pairings

Honey Ginger Balsamic VinegarHoney Ginger Balsamic Vinegar

Honey Ginger Balsamic Vinegar They’re not just limited to Olive Oils local jams, honey, and pickled goods They sell local jams, honey, and pickled goods too Bring back your old bottles to recycle and reuse for refills Bring back your old bottles to recycle and reuse for refills

pre-made rubs

Not an expert cook? Don’t worry…they have pre-made rubs all ready and packaged to go. Cooking with their ingredients are virtually dummy proof. My favorite combination for chicken breasts on a summer salad is Dragon’s Breath Rub with Sicilian Lemon White Vinegar and Garlic Basil Olive Oil

If you are looking for any food events like this one or something new in your area you can try out Eventbrite. It is a platform that allows it’s users to find local events! They also have an event management page if you wanted to create/promote your own event as well.

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  1. Avatar for Dalo 2013
    Dalo 2013 August 15, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    It is becoming more of a possibility ~ there are so many great Instagram shots out there :-) Wishing you the best and to make this summer one to remember ~

  2. Rakhi July 31, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Good to hear from you too! Any progress on that Instagram acct so I can follow * ahem. Lol just kidding, hope you’re having a great summer as well :)

  3. Rakhi July 31, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Oh I always end up buying something, even if it’s a sample ;)

  4. Avatar for Dalo 2013
    Dalo 2013 July 29, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Can’t live without olive oil, and so great to hear from you again ~ wishing you a great rest of the summer.

  5. Avatar for funkyfashion007
    funkyfashion007 July 27, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I love these places! There’s something similar near me, it’s so fun to taste test everything. I always feel bad if I don’t buy anything though lol . :)

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