Carrington Farms 100% Organic Pure Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

If you’ve recently made the switch to a healthier lifestyle, then chances are you’ve heard people raving about coconut oil. So, what’s all the hype about and why should you trade in your olive oil for Carrington Farms 100% Organic Pure Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil?

First of all, coconuts in general are known for the healthy fats that they provide. Most uninformed people here the word “fat” and get scared off, but it’s important to know that there are healthy fats as well and they should become an important part of your diet. Carrington Farms 100% Organic Pure Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil has been deemed as the healthiest oil on earth by nutritionists everywhere for that exact reason. Once you buy coconut oil, you should start opting to use it in recipes as opposed to vegetable oil. For example, for a perfect dessert after dinner you can sauté a banana in coconut oil and you instantly have a healthy and delicious treat without putting harmful ingredients into your body. Carrington Farms 100% Organic Pure Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is simply pressed and bottled so it retains all of its original nutrients that were packed into it, making it the best oil to have in your house, hands down.

Besides for cooking, Carrington Farms 100% Organic Pure Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil can be used to mix together a face mask that will soften your skin. You would never put olive oil onto your face, but that’s the beauty of coconut oil and its myriad of uses. When stocking up your kitchen, you want ingredients that will be good for your body. Coconut oil exemplifies this perfectly by being able to be used on both the outside of your body and the inside. Using Carrington Farms 100% Organic Pure Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is simple: just replace it in any recipe that you would have used other oils for. Sauté your vegetables in it or spread it on your pan before making pancakes. Your body will feel energized and you’ll love what you see!

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Congedi Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Handmade Cruets

To feel more connected to your cooking, and the integrity of the ingredients, a great way to start is by investing in food items that come in their traditional and customary containers. This congedi extra virgin olive oil comes in a handmade ceramic cruet that is both visually stunning and quality made.

In many cultures the containers, pots and pans used to made fresh food are just as important as the food itself. Mexican cooking is saturated with functional tools for cooking that are just as important and integral to the meal as the food itself. The Mexican pestle is a great example. In fact, certain cultures can be identified and named solely by the pottery they use and how it is made.

Olive oil is no stranger to tradition, and this handmade ceramic cruet follows in that tradition. Filled with the finest oil, produced in strict compliance with the ancient methods of olive oil extraction passed down through centuries, you know you are investing in nothing but the best.

Just like fine wines, any olive oil connoisseurs will have certain oils set aside as favorites or for special events. This might be the oil for you, but the truth is I find it rather difficult not integrating a favorite oil in my meals throughout the day. I use a pinch to top of an onion bagel with salmon and a bit of cream cheese. For lunch, nothing hits the spot than a sliced baguette dipped in olive oil and spices with a side of hummus and cheese. And for a simple dinner, simply season your favorite cut of steak in olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a side salad. Take minutes, and it’s delicious.

This handmade ceramic cruet may be what inspires you to elevate your cooking, or it might remind you that the best foods come from the most traditional and simplest creations.

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VEA Early Harvest Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil, which is world renowned for promoting good health, is actually processed a little differently than your usual oils. Extra virgin olive oil is usually cold-pressed, or processed with very little heat to maintain the flavor and benefits of the olive that can sometimes be lost during other extraction methods that involve high heat.

VEA Early Harvest Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a quality oil made from Alberquina olives picked in early November, when the olives are green and young and the yield is only 50%, resulting in a high-quality oil that embodies all characteristics that a great olive oil should posses.

VEA Early Harvest Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil really should be featured and be allowed to stand out. A roasted chicken seasoned with olive oil and pepper comes to mind. I have also used to simply dip bread in. Because I am a fan of spices, sometimes nothing satisfies more than a few slices of Italian bread dipped in olive oil seasoned with red pepper, parsley, and thyme.

I cannot stress enough what a great companion olive oil is with appetizers and picnic food. It’s great for dipping breads, and a great compliment for cheeses, fruit and wine. If you are a fan of making homemade sauces, this VEA Early Harvest Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil will really add a special texture and fresh taste. Make a fresh Bolognese sauce with this olive oil, tomatoes, and your favorite Italian seasonings. Use it to flavor salmons or fresh fish, or to even top off an oven roasted sandwich.

Once you start developing your palate, you will soon start discovering the different textures and undertones in quality oils. This oil is a great way to start because it is still familiar and similar to your average store-bought oils, but once you get a taste, you might never go back.

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Les Costes Limited Selection Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil by VEA

Olive oil is definitely one of my favorite oils to cook with. It is a higher quality alternative to margarine or butter, and is known for having healthier advantages than either of these. It is high in fiber, to help you feel fuller longer, monounsaturated fatty acids to help regulate blood sugar, and it is high in antioxidants and vitamin E, which are great for overall well-being.

What I have learned recently is that there are many different kinds of olive oils out there, with different flavor profiles that go differently with foods. Some olive oils are great for frying and general cooking, while others are great with certain breads and fish. Some are even sweet. Les Costes Limited Selection Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil by VEA, an Arbequina olive oil, is an example of the higher end, quality oils that chefs use.

Arberquina olives grow on a variety of trees that are over 200 years old and have a limited yield. They’re grown in soil rich in minerals, which results in adding to the character of the oil, creating a special and thicker textured oil with a nutty aroma.

Alberquina olive oil is great on fish and vegetables, or alone with the right type of bread. I prefer a soft olive loaf, but this is an opportunity to play with your palate and see what pleases you. This is the kind of oil that should be featured on a dish and be allowed to stand out on its own. Its special qualities are too many to be hidden as part of a dish. If you are an olive oil connoisseur, this is a great oil to feature at your next picnic or wine tasting. With its peppery finish and slight chocolate return, it could also go really well with a rich, sweet dish. Pair Les Costes Limited Selection Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil by VEA up with some of your favorite dishes to come up with new and exciting tastes and flavors.

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Villa Manodori Artigianale Aged Barolo Wine Vinegar D.O.C.G.

Sometimes, without even knowing it, you have all the ingredients to make fresh foods from your own home. Because I am a big fan of spices, different types of vinegars and oils, one of my favorite things to make from scratch is salad dressing. This Villa Manodori Artigianale Aged Barolo Wine Vinegar D.O.C.G. is a great ingredient for those fresh salad dressings that you have to make today.

What’s great about this vinegar is that it adds a fresh twist on something old. Created by Chef Patron Massimo Bottura, this aged wine vinegar is made with quality and flavor in mind, it is fragrant and light, and speaks to fresh Italian cooking that reminds you of the outdoors and the sea. It brings a different taste to the table. Even though you may be a pro at making salad dressing from scratch, just adding this aged wine vinegar instead of your usual, store bought vinegar, will invigorate and freshen even the most common of recipes.

This aged wine vinegar is special for so many reasons. It’s neither white nor red, but a lovely red-orange color that will make your salad dressing look and taste really special. But it’s not just for salad dressing. Aged wine vinegar is great for stews and sauces. Any time you’d like to add a little acid and complexity to a dish, Just add a dash of this vinegar and it will compliment the taste nicely.

Shrimp goes great with this aged wine vinegar. Just add a little thyme and pepper and you’ve got a tasty twist on something new. Add some orange or lemon slices to play up the color. Because it is on the higher end on price points, I wouldn’t keep it just to myself. It’s really great for entertaining and making dishes that are made to be seen and explored.

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