Last month I met Clara from Acropolis Organics at the KitchenAid Culinary Showdown. She was at a booth handing out pieces of bread with olive oil and Balsamic vinegar, so I went over to grab a bite. I’ve tasted several kinds of olive oils and vinegars before, but the flavours of these products really stood out to me.
Clara explained that their extra virgin olive oil is high in antioxidants and is made from a single variety of Koroneiki olives. This type of olive produces an oil that is smoother and less bitter than other varieties. This company is obviously committed to producing high-quality products: they do not use chemicals or pesticides on their olives, and all of their oils are cold-pressed. They also package their oils in dark bottles because exposure to light causes olive oil to deteriorate quickly.
Tip: If you’ve been storing your olive oil on a sunny kitchen ledge, or in a convenient spot near your stove, you should move it. It’s best to keep it in a dark drawer away from the heat of your stove. Don’t put it in the fridge though, because condensation can also ruin the oil.
Anyhow, back to the review. I enjoyed the fresh grassy taste of this oil (yes, grassy is a good flavour), and I think it’s perfect for adding to salad dressings or for dipping bread. I found that cooking with this oil diminished the flavour, so save it for finishing dishes.
The Mousto Balsamic Vinegar is much sweeter, and less acidic, than other Balsmic’s that I’ve tried. Apparently this product gains its intense fruity sweetness from Romeiki grapes and Petimezi – a natural, ancient grape molasses. This vinegar would be perfect for drizzling on fresh strawberries with a dusting of freshly cracked black pepper… yum… Oh, and it’s also nice for dipping and finishing dishes. If you decide to cook with this vinegar, be sure to use it sparingly and adjust your seasonings to balance out the sweetness. My brother made sautéed mushrooms with this the other day, and it turned out really nice.
If you’re interested in purchasing these products, check your local big-box grocery store. I’ve seen these products at Loblaws and Real Canadian Super Store, but I’m sure they are available elsewhere too. For more information about these products, please click here.
These products were sent to me to review.
I have given my honest opinions, and was not paid to write this post.