Buying Olive Oil : Simple tips and useful advice
One thing that is never an issue in the olive oil category is the availability of a range of oils to choose from. Don't get overwhelmed! Instead, follow these simple tips to ensure you purchase a quality olive oil that's right for your needs.
First, know your intended use to first narrow down which type best fits your need. Do you need it for everyday cooking? Do you prefer it raw or is it a special occassion?
Try to purchase bottle sizes that you will use within 8 – 10 weeks of opening. If you decide to buy a larger size, make sure you transfer it into smaller bottles so as to keep it fresh and well protected from sun, heat and air.
Learn to read and interpret the label. Olive oil from quality sources will contain key pieces of information on the package, including:
- The distributing or packaging company's name and contact information.
- Ingredient statement
- Country of origin statement or PDO statement
- Best-by date
- Lot Number
- Global quality or authenticity seals
Be carefull about award seals: they can be tricky! On EVOO, the award would technically only apply to the specific batch or harvest year when the award was given. Besides that, there have been several complaints about award statements that their only use was to decorate the label!
Avoid packages that show signs of improper handling or storage. This could include:
Dust on the bottle, broken or loose seal on the cap,oil drips or leaks or orange tint to the oil – this would indicate over-exposure to fluorescent lighting and/or heat has damaged the oil.