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Olive Oil For Cooking

Know Where The Oil is From – It’s important to read the labels so that you know where is coming from. As a basic rule of thumb, you want there to be as little time that goes by between harvest, processing, and bottling. The longer the oil has to travel or go through steps before getting into a bottle can mean degradation of the product, and that is never a good thing.

Harvest Dating – Some years ago, beer manufacturers decided that it was unfair for their product to be judged as being “skunky” simply because a store put out old product. As a way to help the consumer, they decided to add dates to the packaging so that people could see when the beer was “born”, thereby giving consumers a better chance of avoiding old beer. Still others go so far as to remove the product from store shelves. In the name of freshness, look for harvest dates on bottles of olive oil. Keep in mind that the contents don’t age like wine, so knowing a harvest date will give you a chance to know just how long the contents have been sitting.

Keep It Local – As with most things, there is a movement to support local businesses by buying their products. There is greater transparency in the transaction, and you get to know where you products come from. The same goes for olive oil. The U.S. has slowly become a big player on the market, with professional chefs taking notice & requesting domestic product in their kitchen. For the home chef looking to buy a quality cooking ingredient, support local business, and be on the cutting edge of culinary development, this is a no-brainer.