Thursday, March 10, 2011

Quest for the Best - Millcreek Olive Oil & Sciabica's

I love olive oil and vinegars. But are you like me? Do you find yourself in the grocery or specialty store staring at a huge shelf of options and feeling a little lost as to which ones taste good and are worth the money? These things aren't cheap and they can vary wildly in price and quality, so it would help to have recommendations.

I've tried many different ones over the years, but I haven't done a good job of keeping track of the brands and the tastes so I could make the best next pick. For a long time I have wanted to start a list that I can keep on my phone so that the next time I find myself at the store staring at that shelf, I can look at my list for some ideas. So, I would love to know what you use and like. Please share!

I do have two great olive oil recommendations to share with you. These are places you can order on line and have the products shipped to you. They aren't cheap, but they are excellent.

Millcreek Olive Oil
Millcreek Olive Oil: If you want great oils and balsamic vinegars in Salt Lake City, you must check out this place. It is a small local business, founded by Chef Jason Hess. located in the Canyon Rim Shopping Center. The shop has only been open a few months. We stumbled upon it one day when we were headed to another shop in the same plaza. We met the owner and he is very interesting and his selection of oils and vinegars are fantastic. He uses oils and vinegars from around the world and the products he offers are always changing depending on supply. Right now his oils include: white truffle, french walnut, tuscan herb, persian lime, meyer lemon, chipotle, porcini mushroom, blood orange, and many more. His vinegars include: meyer lemon, pomegranate, tangerine, white, fig, oregano, and many more. We have tried a regular oil and a meyer lemon vinegar and both are fantastic. I can't wait to get back there for more varieties. An online shopping option is coming soon. Please support this local business!

Sciabica's California Oil of the Olive: My husband has been using oil from this company for many years and he uses it for a special salad dressing that will rock your world. If you visit us for dinner sometime, you might be lucky to get to try this salad and dressing. It is a recipe that he and his friends in the desert perfected over a number of years. We've tried a few of their oils and they are all good. The company has been a family business, cold pressing olive oil since the 1930s, using olives from California. They will ship their goods and that is how we do it.

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