Wednesday, November 30, 2011
O Olive Oil Product Review
I was so excited to be one of the eight bloggers chosen to participate in the O Olive Oil and eRecipeCards recipe challenge and product review. Being as passionate as I am about quality foods and fantastic flavors, the fact that O Olive Oils are all organic made me happy. They use only certified organic fruit from small family owned California farms. Then I began to read more about their crushing process and I was very excited to try their product!
O Olive Oil is the original maker of citrus crushed olive oils. They have been making their olive oils since 1995 and their barrel aged wine vinegars since 1997. I couldn't believe I hadn't heard of them before! Bad foodie, bad bad foodie!! I can tell you now that I have found them I will never let them go!
The difference between their crushed olive oil and infused or flavored olive oils is downright amazing. I have to admit, I was sure they would be good but I was not prepared for just how good they would be. Most infused or flavored olive oils have left me less than happy. I used to cook with them awhile back and just realized it was better to use the actual ingredient + the olive oil VS the infused or flavored oil.
Then I received my beautiful little bottle of Tahitian Lime Olive Oil. As soon as I uncorked it the smell of lime wafted up from the bottle and made my mouth water. I couldn't wait to taste it. I had planned a family tasting so I could get multiple opinions, and I did do that, but I couldn't wait for everyone else. I grabbed some bread and drizzled a bit of the heavenly smelling oil on it. WOW now THAT'S lime I thought. I couldn't believe it, I had to taste it again. It was like lime juice with a slightly buttery flavor. At that point I couldn't wait to cook with it.
The quality of their products made my little foodie brain go on tilt and by the time I was at the grocery store I had three different proteins in mind. Pacing the butcher block I couldn't decide so I bought all three. I figured I would not only have the family do a tasting of the oil, but also allow them to be the deciding factor when it came to which recipe I posted. It was a close call but the Cilantro Lime Cod with Sherry Vinegar Reduction won. I used the same recipe for salmon and chicken so you could substitute those for the cod if you like. They ALL are fantastic.
The only downside to the whole process is that I used all of my oil. What little I had leftover from cooking the entire family devoured with the bread! Thank goodness the wonderful people at O Olive Oil are offering a 20% discount on ANY order exclusive to users of eRecipeCards.com. PLUS free shipping on orders over $60 (after discount). Just use the promo code: e-recipecards when you check out.
I can tell you that with that offer I am not only stocking up myself but the foodies in my life will be getting something yummy under their Christmas tree from me!
Disclosure: I received a selection of products to sample but was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.