This post brought to you by Carapelli. All opinions are 100% mine.
Fine olive oil is like fine wine: You can tell the difference. Every time we try and get a cheap bottle the results are always the same and some ends up in the sink. I’ve learnt over the years that olive oil is just the same and the cheap stuff is either more oil than olives or just not full of the good stuff that olive oil is supposed to be.
As we’re always trying to use more olive oil and less vegetable oil in our house I was interested to try Carapelli Olive Oil. With its headquarters right outside the beautiful city of Florence, Carapelli Olive Oil has been making olive oil since 1893 and now reigns as Italy’s No. 1 Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Did you know that also like fine wine olive oil should be tested using the same 4 S’s? Those are – Swirl, Sniff, Slurp and Swallow. Before you get all grossed out (I did) at the thought of sipping olive oil, I’ve done the “hard work” for you guys and can’t believe how it didn’t taste like oil. Here’s how you test olive oil. Trust me you’ll know if it’s the cheap kind!
1. Swirl – By swirling the olive oil in your glass, you release the oil’s esters, which are the molecules that
contain the aroma.
2. Sniff – Now inhale deeply. The aroma is the key to the fruitiness of the oil. Is it intense or is it
3. Slurp – Sip the oil while “sipping” in a bit of air. This slurping action emulsifies the oil and helps spread it
throughout your mouth. Take note of the various tastes and sensations. Is it fruity, peppery, smooth?
4. Swallow – Once you swallow the oil, it should leave your mouth with no aftertaste. Again, take note of
any peppery or stinging sensation in your throat.
To try Carapelli for yourself, grab this $1.00 OFF coupon at www.CarapelliUSA.com and head to your local store.