Sunday, February 05, 2006

How to taste Olive Oil

Olive oil help serves as part of a healthy diet and it makes delicious food as well. Making olive oil as your main source of dietary fat, combined with a high intake of plant food, may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Moderate amounts of olive oil may help to reduce excess body fat, especially around the abdomen. I've been using it in considerable amount to make certain dishes, usually vegetarian.

Generally, olive oil is extracted by pressing or crushing olives. Olive oil comes in different varieties, depending on the amount of processing involved:
Extra virgin - considered the best; this oil comes from the first pressing of the olives
Virgin - from the second pressing
Pure - undergoes some processing, such as filtering and refining
Extra light - undergoes considerable processing and only retains a very mild olive flavour.

From Cookbooks:
Appreciating a good olive oil starts with looking at color and consistency. Professional tasters tend to ignore the color - it can be tampered with. But for the rest of us, olive oil should not be clear or white, which indicates it is refined and not from the first pressing. The spectrum of colors displayed by quality olive oils is between a grassy yellow and a frumpy green.

During the presentation, Fulvio Genovese demonstrated the proper way to taste olive oil. Before tasting, put the oil in a shot glass and warm it in your hand so it rises a bit above room temperature. Smell it. The smell is usually dominated by the "G" word. (in this case, grassy)

Just as spitting wine correctly is not as easy as the spitting you learned to love as a child, tasting olive oil is not as simple as sipping it. Through his translator, it took Fulvio several attempts to explain the technique. You want to quickly suck the oil over your palette with a lot of air, so it evenly coats your mouth and doesn't settle on your tongue.

Tip: Extra virgin olive oil are believed to be the healthiest. I need to get my supplies of Olive oils for tonight's dinner. Hunters are coming for dinner.

Reference: 101cookbooks, Olive oil,
Tags: Oil, Olive Oil, Tasting, Food, Cooking,

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