From the sourcing and extraction process to recipes and bread boards – this guide has you covered:
- What is Cold Extracted Olive Oil?
- What’s the Difference Between Infused Olive Oils & Fused Olive Oils?
- How to Choose the Best Italian Olive Oils
- Fused Olive Oil Flavors
- How to Maximize Your Fused Olive Oil’s Flavor Potential
- Suggested Uses & Fused Olive Oil Recipes
- Where to Buy (Fused) Artisan Extra Virgin Olive Oils?
What is Cold-Extracted Olive Oil?
Cold extraction is a traditional process for making olive oil to maintain maximum flavor and fragrance. The process begins with careful selection and handling of the olives at the stage of peak ripeness, followed by washing and crushing in stone mills, and finally, cold pressing and centrifugal separation. Cold extracted refers to virgin and extra virgin olive oils procured at a temperature not exceeding 80°F. This is done by percolation (filtration, separation) or centrifugation of olive paste.
Flavored Olive Oils: What’s the Difference Between Infused Olive Oils & Fused Olive Oils?
How to Choose the Best Italian Olive Oils
We are thrilled to bring you a custom line of 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oils from Italy. The producers have been masters of olive oil since 1926. They craft their olive oil using a centuries-old method of hand-skimming the small quantity (2 to 3 percent) of olive oil that naturally rises to the surface of olive paste after milling but before undergoing cold-pressing and centrifugal separation. They select only the best olives from their groves near Bari along the Adriatic coast, a region that produces more olives than anywhere else in the world. Olives are hand-harvested the traditional way, by shaking the branches of olive trees so that the olives fall gently onto canvas traps. The cold extraction process (discussed in more detail above) produces oil with maximum flavor and fragrance. The oil is then fused with fresh ingredients (also discussed above) to add flavor in its purest form, and packaged in tins to block out light, which can cause the oil to lose flavor and/or aroma.
Key takeaways for choosing the best Italian olive oils:
- Select from an experienced grower, who hand-harvests, and follows the highest quality processing and testing procedures.
- Opt for cold-pressed or cold-extracted (verses a process that uses heat or chemicals)
- For truest flavor, choose fused over infused or simply flavored olive oils.
- Look for oils stored in dark glass bottles or tins that keep light out.
Fused Olive Oil FlavorsFused olive oils flavors come from any ingredient added while pressing the olives – such as an herb, fruit, vegetable, or spice. Our fused olive oils are available in the 7 delicious varieties: Chili Pepper Olive Oil, Basil Olive Oil, Lemon Olive Oil, Truffle Olive Oil, Leek Olive Oil, Orange Olive Oil, and Oregano Olive Oil. We also offer an 100% Pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
How to Maximize Your Fused Olive Oil’s Flavor PotentialOlive oil is a cooking staple in fine kitchens, but did you know it is also used as a finishing touch to add flavor, texture, and complexity to dishes? Similarly, sea salt is a natural flavor enhancer – a light sprinkle of artisan salt before serving boosts and intensifies ingredient flavors while also adding a pleasing soft crunch and exciting visual appeal. Just like a pat of butter on a pancake, a finishing drizzle of one of our exclusive, fused extra virgin olive oils paired with a sprinkle of complementing sea salt can be a game-changer for grilled meat or fish, roasted vegetables, potatoes, and more.
When using fine oils and salts to finish a dish, think of them as a condiment – a little goes a long way. A drizzle & sprinkle will lend level-up flavor and texture to salads, pasta, pizza, vegetables, and meats – especially grilled ones. You can even enhance cheese, yogurt, oatmeal, and ice cream! While the possibilities are endless – below are some suggested combinations to get you started. What foods to put them on? Fear not; recommendations are listed on our individual bottles of olive oil.
Suggested Uses & Fused Olive Oil RecipesFused olive oils are delicious on salads, bruschetta, vegetables, pizza, and more. They can also be paired with a spice blend or sea salt and used for bread dipping. Here are just a few suggestions:
- Pour over hummus
- Serve on an appetizer bread board for dipping (& topped with spice blends for additional flavor)
- Toss in a tomato & mozzarella salad or pasta
- Garnish soups and stews
- Make an olive oil cake
- Drizzle (citrus flavored oil) over ice cream or soft cheeses