Conceived with the art of blending exceptional oils in mind, Oleificio Zucchi S.p.A. is an Italian olive oil brand that has set the bar for sourcing a top quality product. Based in Cremona, Italy, the company is committed to raising awareness about the expression of this art and is well on its way towards creating an unrivaled force on the food market. This past Wednesday, I was invited to attend a masterclass and tasting at Mezza Luna sponsored by the Flavor Your Life Program, a campaign that aims to educate consumers on the benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oils from Europe including taste, health, functionality, heritage and quality.
While we all have heard of blending grapes for wine and coffee beans for coffee, the notion of combining oils may be somewhat cutting-edge to most. The art of blending involves combining different oils to make a unique oil with particular notes and nuances. Consumers are provided with a blend that is one-of-a-kind, unlike anything they’ve ever enjoyed in the past. Zucchi’s creative and playful approach towards mixing oils becomes apparent when taking a look at their distinct flavours. The evening’s tasting menu included several hors d’oeuvres paired with an assortment of infused oils such as garlic, pesto and chili pepper. We were also presented with 100% Italiano, Sinfonia and Sweet & Fruity oils. It was truly an evening to remember, marked by the outstanding quality of product and informational value it presented. My compliments to you, Zucchi!
Some fun facts I went away with that night:
1: Enemies of oil? Light, heat and oxygen. Don’t place your bottle of olive oil next to the stove while cooking. Store olive oil away from the window sill so as to not expose to light. Don’t expose olive oil to oxygen by keeping the cap open. It will last you approximately 3 days if left open.
2: Peanut oil is generally the best to fry with. Olive oil not so much as it burns very easily.
3: Extra virgin olive oil is generally categorized as having an acidity level of less than or equal to 0.8%, while virgin olive oil has an acidity level of more than 0.8%.
4: Olive oil does not age finely with time as wine does! In fact it does quite the opposite. Olive oil will last approximately 12 – 18 months if left unopened and unused.
Sharing some shots from the event!
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