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Food Find: Unfiltered olive oil at YDFM

posted on January 14, 2009 at 4:52 am
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My first encounter with unfiltered olive oil was a revelation. While some may not like the sediment that collects at the bottom of the bottle, I adored the vibrancy and fruitiness the tiny bits of olive flesh add to the overall flavor. The olive oil is one of my favorite styles because it needs little more than salt and pepper when used to dress salad greens (The Local Farm Stand has some exceptional varieties right now).

I’ve had a hard time finding this outside of specialty food stores and the price is normally up there. But Your Dekalb Farmers’ Market has a nicely priced brand with plenty of flavor to spare. This large bottle (34 fluid ounces) of San Giuliano Alghero was only $15 or so. Such a great a deal and the quality is on the nose. Unlike other olive oils in its price category, San Guiliano’s unfiltered does not have that bland fattiness minus the fruit.

Just a couple of tips if you go the unfiltered route: these oils have a shorter shelf life (about 3 months) because of the sediment. So, check the expiration date and use it quickly. And do not use this for cooking. It is at its best raw.

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4 comments

  • Re: Food Find: Unfiltered olive oil at YDFM
    posted by: Ciambellina · January 15, 2009  7:29 AM

    This is what I use at home. It’s great!

    When I lived in Italy, my friends there would always say good olive oil should be dark green and cloudy. This fits the bill!

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Re: Food Find: Unfiltered olive oil at YDFM
    posted by: ayan · January 20, 2009  6:22 AM

    Does refrigerating the oil keep it fresh longer?

  • Re: Food Find: Unfiltered olive oil at YDFM
    posted by: Ciambellina · January 21, 2009  12:43 PM

    I’ve never heard that you should keep it in the fridge, and my sense is that might impact its flavor unfavorably but I am not totally sure.

    FWIW, I keep mine on the counter.

  • Re: Food Find: Unfiltered olive oil at YDFM
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · January 21, 2009  12:46 PM

    I am with Ciambellina. I would never put it–or any other olive oil–in the fridge.

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