As many of you already know, I LOVE to cook. Preparing tasty meals for my family is probably one of my greatest pleasures, and meal time is definitely a time of day I always look forward to. I love using the best quality ingredients that I can when preparing meals, and one thing I always insist on using is a good quality olive oil.
Why olive oil? Well, aside from the fruity, wonderful flavor it lends while cooking, olive oil contains the "good fats" that your body needs to survive. Many other cooking oils contain trans fats and saturated fats that have been known to be harmful. Another thing I love about olive oil is that it is incredibly versatile. Olive oil can be used in so many ways! From cooking meats to making dressings and marinades or even as a dip for some crusty, fresh bread, a good quality olive oil can add extra depth and flavor to any dish. So olive oil is a natural choice for cooking!
That's why I was so excited to review the olive oil from California Olive Ranch. You see, olive oils are not all created equal. Some olive crops are grown with pesticides, and not all olives are cultivated and processed quickly enough to maintain that to-die-for flavor we all know and love. That's why some olive oils, even of the same variety, can taste and appear so different! It's all about quality. California Olive Ranch is dedicated to providing the highest quality olive oils to their consumers.
How are they different? For a lot of reasons, and it can all be traced back to the values and mission of this company. The folks at California Olive Ranch believe in full-disclosure regarding the manufacturing of their superior olive oils. They know that the BEST olive oils come from crops that are processed as quickly as possible at the peak or ripeness. So rather than harvest their crops in a mass-production method, their olive trees are regularly checked and the fruits are picked only when they're just right. Not a moment sooner.(or later!) They then quickly and carefully press the olives and process the oil very quickly after harvest, ensuring the absolute freshest taste possible.
California Olive Ranch is also a socially responsible company and believes in protecting the environment. Their olive oil production uses substantially less energy and transportation than their European counterparts, since they are processed near the crops themselves. The olives used are high-quality, and are not grown using any pesticides! You can definitely taste the difference, too! California Olive Ranch uses a drip irrigation system to help conserve water, and after they harvest their crop, they even allow other farmers to use their leftover olive pits! Another thing I love is that California Olive Ranch uses a beautiful green glass to create the bottles for their olive oils. This glass is 100% recyclable and even makes your olive oil last longer, since it aids in protecting the oil from light.
Here are some tips for keeping your California Olive Ranch products fresh longer!
Once can protecting the freshness and flavor of California Olive Ranch EVOO by minimizing the following:
Unlike wine, olive oil does not get better with age. Once the fruit is picked, the fermentation process begins.
Therefore, the time from tree‐to‐crush to fully‐produced extra virgin olive oil must be as brief as possible.
COR’s innovative growing and harvesting methods minimize Time’s effect on the quality of the oil.
The optimal storage for olive oil is 60‐69 degrees Fahrenheit.
Exposure to Heat: Olive oil can also be damaged if exposed to warmth or heat from a nearby stove or
oven. The ideal storage temperature for your California Olive Ranch EVOO is room temperature –
preferably in a cupboard away from any heat source.
Exposure to Cold: Refrigerating the oil will hold the freshness only while it is refrigerated. Once you bring
it back to room temperature, the oil will last for a shorter period of time. Some flavors are lost when the
oil moves from a solid (refrigerated) state to a liquid state.
Exposure must be minimized or eliminated during storage.
Exposure to Oxygen: Olive oil is a form of fruit juice, and therefore perishable. Exposing an oil to air
accelerates the oxidation process and will eventually cause the oil to go rancid. Once the bottle is opened,
we recommend using the oil quickly (30‐60 days) as the flavor and aroma will fade.
California Olive Ranch uses glass bottles to minimize oxidation and exposure to UV rays. Plastic bottles
have a tendency to “breathe", accelerating the oxidation process. An unopened bottle of oil stored in a
temperature controlled environment will last longer than its intended shelf life. As oil (any oil) ages, it is
exposed to heat, oxygen and light. Over time, the quality, fresh aroma and flavor of the oil will fade and
Exposure must be minimized or eliminated at all times.
Exposure to Light: It is generally a good idea to store olive oil in a dark cupboard and away from direct
light. UV rays can break down an olive oil over time. This is why all California Olive Ranch products consist
of very dark bottles or packaging which strictly limits the oil’s exposure to light.
I received a bottle of California Olive Ranch Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil for my review. I use olive oil all the time while cooking, so I was definitely curious to see how this fared against my usual Italy-Direct brand.
When I opened the bottle, the first thing I noticed was the deep, fruity aroma of the oil. This olive oil smells really good! The freshness of the crop was evident just by the aroma alone. This oil had a fresher smell than my usual brand. It had a deep, fruity, slightly floral bouquet that smelled absolutely delicious! It made me imagine super-fresh olive oil being served with a crusty loaf somewhere in a small Italian village nestled among an olive grove.
The first taste test I did was in fact on bread. I used a hearty slice of fresh bread, and dipped it into the California Olive Ranch olive oil. The flavor was amazing! It was delicate yet rich, and has a wonderful fruity finish that made me go back in for another dip! I also decided to get creative and make an Italian-inspired chicken and pasta dish using this olive oil. It was fantastic! The sauce relies on several bold flavors like that of the olive oil as well as freshly squeezed lemon juice and some heavy cream to provide richness to the dish. I suppose it is similar to an amped up chicken scampi!
Here is my recipe, should you want to try it yourself!
Brandy's Amped-Up Chicken Scampi
Overall, I love my California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil! It has an absolutely decadent flavor, and is inspiring me to try all kinds of new dishes. This olive oil is definitely restaurant quality, and is very fresh tasting. I just wish they sold this olive oil at my local supermarket! I would buy it by the case! I'd love to try their infused olive oils, too. With so many delicious varieties from California Olive Ranch, you'll never run out of exciting ways to use their products. To me, food is something that should be memorable. California Olive Ranch will be sure to make even the most humble of family dinners an occasion to remember!
You can purchase California Olive Ranch products on their website. They even have a handy retail locator to help you find California Olive Ranch products near you!
You can also follow them on Facebook and on twitter to stay on top of their latest products and promotions!
One very lucky follower will be receiving a bottle of California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil to help make their meals memorable, too! How cool is that?!
Please use this handy Rafflecopter form to enter!
This giveaway is open to US Residents 18+ until 12:01AM EST on 9/09/2011. Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced here, tweeted, shared on Facebook, and contacted via e-mail. The winners will have 48 hours to reply and claim their prize. If I receive no response, I will be forced to draw a new winner.
***Disclosure:I received a complimentary product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
8/22/2011 08:30:53 am
I would love to try the Millers Blend Olive Oil
8/22/2011 09:18:40 am
Cranberry Walnut Pound Cake looks good.
8/22/2011 10:23:32 am
Everyday Extra virgin olive oil.
8/22/2011 10:25:04 am
Artois Ranch Olive Oil!
8/22/2011 10:46:59 am
I'd love to try the Oroville Ranch Olive Oil.
Ann Fudge Cluck
8/22/2011 07:07:55 pm
Artois Ranch sounds just so yummy!!
8/22/2011 10:06:17 pm
love their recipe section! as a matter of fact, i think i'm gonna try Coconut-Vegetable Curry with Cashews tomorrow night for dinner!
8/23/2011 12:58:04 am
I would love to try the Arbequina.
8/23/2011 02:13:45 am
I learned I can buy this at my local Walmart.
8/23/2011 03:21:40 am
I learned that all of their ranches are located in California's North Sacramento Valley
8/23/2011 04:18:37 am
I would love to try the
8/23/2011 07:35:50 am
Artois sounds amazing!
8/23/2011 08:26:59 am
I like the Ranch Selects - Mild and Buttery Extra Virgin Olive Oil
8/23/2011 08:48:37 am
Our local Wal Mart sells this.
8/23/2011 09:21:27 am
I learned I can buy it at Walmart. But the best info was from your review about the self life and proper storage.
8/23/2011 10:59:02 am
I want Ranch Selects - Medium and Fruity Extra Virgin Olive Oil
8/23/2011 01:35:55 pm
I really want the Ranch Selects - Mild and Buttery Extra Virgin Olive Oil
8/23/2011 02:07:33 pm
The Arbosana Extra Virgin Olive Oil sounded particularly appealing.
Mary Beth Elderton
8/24/2011 09:21:00 am
I found a wonderful sounding recipe for Linguine with Peas and Feta!
8/24/2011 11:53:51 am
Cranberry Walnut Pound Cake
8/24/2011 12:56:51 pm
I'd love to try the Ranch Selects - Bold and Peppery Extra Virgin Olive Oil! It sounds yummy!
8/25/2011 04:57:06 pm
I learned that their iconic green bottle and label honor our America/California heritage.
8/26/2011 12:59:34 pm
I got some good recipes - the green bean fritata with tomato and onion looked particularly good!
8/26/2011 07:10:53 pm
My favorite product would have to be the Ranch Selects - Mild & Buttery Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Yum!
8/29/2011 04:37:00 am
I'd like to try the Arbequina
8/29/2011 09:19:21 am
Some very interesting recipes. Love the Butternut Squash with Cranberries and also the Oven Roasted Fish with Herb Citrus Dressing
8/29/2011 01:15:11 pm
i think i would absolutely love the
9/1/2011 12:50:08 pm
My fav is the Limited Reserve - I would love to try that!
9/4/2011 01:10:15 am
It is an award winning olive oil.
9/4/2011 08:10:23 pm
I would like to try the Medium and Fruity Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
9/5/2011 12:35:13 am
I would like to try the Fruity Extra Virgin Olive Oil - sounds interesting.
9/5/2011 12:39:13 am
Available at Walmart
9/5/2011 01:44:00 pm
I like the Ranch Selects - Mild and Buttery Extra Virgin Olive Oil
9/5/2011 01:54:17 pm
9/6/2011 10:04:04 am
The Artois Ranch.
9/6/2011 11:01:18 am
I like the Ranch Select Buttery Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Catherine L. Petersen Peters
9/6/2011 08:42:38 pm
I learned that their olive oil is pesticide free at harvest
9/7/2011 06:04:32 am
Artois Ranch sounds perfect for what I cook most.
9/7/2011 09:34:00 am
I visited the website and learned that it comes in a 100% recyclable bottle.
9/7/2011 11:29:03 am
their ranch dates back 300 yrs to when the spaniards first brought olive trees to california
Ann Marie Walker
9/7/2011 03:59:30 pm
I'd love to try the Arbosana Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I didn't realize there where to many types of Olive Oil. SweepsGirl@aol.com
9/7/2011 04:01:27 pm
I learned that the green glass bottle protects the olive oil from light.
9/7/2011 08:48:53 pm
I would love to try thrr fruity extra virgin olive oil
9/8/2011 12:31:57 am
I really would love to try the Oroville Ranch
9/8/2011 01:39:16 am
I would like the Arbosana
9/8/2011 02:54:01 am
The FDA says eating 2 tablespoons of olive oil a day may reduce the risk of heart disease
9/8/2011 03:14:29 am
Millers Blend Olive Oil
9/8/2011 03:31:33 am
I learned that Arbosana is A complex oil with flavors of fresh tomato and almonds.Sounds delicious
9/8/2011 04:15:49 am
I'd like to try the Arbosana Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
9/8/2011 05:37:41 am
I learned I can buy this at my local Walmart.
9/8/2011 07:03:50 am
Would love to try their Miller's Blend Olive Oil. Great recipe collection.
9/8/2011 07:53:12 am
I learned that they sell it at wallmart
9/8/2011 10:14:29 am
i learned i want to try the Coconut-Vegetable Curry with Cashews recipe
9/8/2011 11:32:33 am
I like the Cranberry Walnut Pound Cake too!
9/8/2011 12:35:49 pm
I learned I can buy this from Walmart.
9/8/2011 12:36:21 pm
Id like to try the Everyday California Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
9/8/2011 05:10:58 pm
I would love to try the Oroville Ranch one
9/9/2011 01:31:32 am
California olive oil requires less energy for transportation than European imports. I also like the fact that they care about the earth.
9/9/2011 06:35:27 am
Thanks for the great contest!
9/9/2011 09:33:19 am
I saw some amazing new recipes that I can't wait to try, like Carrot & Cashew soup!!! I'M SO HUNGRY NOW :)
9/9/2011 11:10:37 am
I learned there is apparently more than one type of olive oil!
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