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I love to cook all sorts of meals for my family and use a lot of Extra Virgin Olive Oil during the week. To be honest though, I know it is great to cook with but had no idea how it is made or anything about it. Just recently I had the opportunity to learn more about EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) through the Flavor Your Life campaign and learned a lot!
The Flavor Your Life campaign, supported by the European Union, Unaprol, and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, is dedicated to providing the latest in industry news on European Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The program aims to educate US consumers so they can make informed decisions when purchasing Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
About Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- EVOO is the freshly pressed juice of olives. It is cold pressed, meaning it is pressed without heat or chemicals.
- Acidity must be below 0.8% or virtually free of acidity. This has nothing to do with the pH or taste, but the % oleic acid (fatty acid). Higher levels indicate improper production and rancidity.
- Peroxide value must be below 20 millequivalents of oxygen/kilo of oil, which indicates the amount of oxidation or aging that’s occurred as a result of exposure to oxygen, light and heat.
- A panel of expert tasters trained by the International Oil Council test for taste defects and the presence of positive attributes of fruitiness, bitterness and spiciness. If the oil doesnt’ have the signature fruity taste and harmonious balance it won’t pass as extra virgin.
- When cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, experiment with different oils for different occasion. Use delicate oils for salad dressings or as a condiment over mild foods like vegetables, fish, eggs or potatoes. Pair robust oils with hearty foods that can stand up to the intense flavor, like steak or spicy soup.
- With a high smoking point of 400 degrees F extra virgin olive oil is suitable for cooking and can enhance and dish by drizzling on as a finisher.
- Store oil in a dark cool pantry away from heat and light, which causes decay. 57 degrees F is the best temperature for storing and beware not to store your oil next to the stove. To ensure freshness, consume oil within 6 months from opening.
Why choose European?
- The olive tree has been revered in Europe since Antiquity. Over thousands of years farmers have evolved hundreds of varieties of olive trees (cultivars) and optimized them for different environment conditions and terrains to produce the most delicious yields.
- The result of this centuries old bond between the people and the land is the finest extra virgin olive oil in the world.
- The greatest impact on taste is the type of olive tree (cultivator), region (which affects climate and soil) and time of harvest. Europe offers a vast array of flavor profiles, so keep a variety of oils in your pantry for different occasions.
- Olives harvested early in the season, late August (varies by region), are under-ripe and produce oils that are greener, more bitter and pungent.
- Olives harvested at the end of the season, late November into December, are over-ripe and tend to taste mild and buttery.
- Spanish oil is typically golden-yellow with a fruity, nutty flavor.
- Italian olive oil is often dark green and has an herbal aroma and a grassy flavor.
- Greek olive oil packs a strong flavor and aroma and tends to be green.
- French oil is typically pale in color and has a mild flavor.
In the kit I received from Moms Meet was a whole bunch of great recipes and I’m sharing one of my favorites below. It is really easy to make! 😉
Mozzarella Cheese & Onion Mini Quiches Recipe via Flavor Your Life:
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 12 Slices of bread
- 1 onion-grated
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese-grated
- 1 cup milk
- 4 eggs
- Salt and Pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Brush 12 muffin tins with a little olive oil
- Trim the bread into circles the same size as the bottom of the muffin tins
- Brush the circles with Olive Oil and toast in oven until lightly golden
- Place in the bottom of the muffin tins
- Sprinkle the grated onion and cheese on top
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, salt, and pepper. Divide evenly between the muffin tins
- Place in oven for 2o minutes until golden and firm
Connect with the Flavor Your Life Campaign online to learn more about European Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
What interesting facts did you learn from this post? What recipes do you use EVOO in?