This post brought to you by Carapelli. All opinions are 100% mine.
While I know the importance of buying quality ingredients when it comes to cooking awesome food, sometimes I just buy what’s cheap. The truth is, sometimes the cheap stuff is just as good as the high priced name brand. Other times, the difference is worth the extra price.
I have been known to get the ginormous store brand of olive oil because I go through it so fast. I never thought much of the taste until I directly compared it to a sample of Carapelli’s Premium 100% Italian olive oil.
An olive oil taste test is kind of like wine tasting. Pour the olive oil into a small glass bowl or cup and follow the “Four S’s” – Swirl, Sniff, Slurp and Swallow.
With just the first two S’s, I could already sense the difference. The store brand had a slightly bitter, sharp smell, while the Carapelli smells smooth and nutty. I expected those flavors to be even stronger on the tongue. The Carapelli was indeed nutty and smooth, with a slight tanginess. There was also a distinct peppery aftertaste at the back of my throat, which I’ve never experienced before!
The store brand, which I expected to be even more bitter than it smelled, was quite bland, with a hint of mechanical flavor… like the oil I used on my sewing machines.. It had a slightly “raw” aftertaste, and it’s consistency was a bit watery.
No more cheapo olive oil for me… I have seen the light! You can too by doing an olive oil taste test yourself! To get you started, here’s a $1.00 OFF coupon at www.CarapelliUSA.com