Cooking with Carapelli Olive Oil

This post brought to you by Carapelli Olive Oil. All opinions are 100% mine.

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It’s only been in the last year or two that I’ve begun to understand the benefits of extra virgin olive oil. It’s an all-natural oil that doesn’t require any heat or chemicals to produce — just good ol’ fashioned olive pressing — and it’s been shown to reduce cancer rates, lower blood pressure, lessen the risk of Alzheimers, gallstones and more!

Carapelli and SocialSpark recently sent me an olive oil tasting kit to try the high-quality Carapelli olive oils, and I wasn’t sure what to think. Sip olive oil? Really?

My seven year old and I did the olive oil tasting together, although she wasn’t brave enough to actually sip it, instead choosing to dip her finger in the oil. I actually learned a lot about olive oil in the process, though.

Like a wine tasting, an olive oil tasting involves four steps:

  1. Swirl to release the aromas.
  2. Sniff the aroma.
  3. Slurp to spread the oil through your mouth.
  4. Swallow the oil.

Olive oil contains a mixture of fruity and bitter flavors that balance each other out. What I didn’t realize is that there is also a peppery sensation that you feel at the back of your throat. This flavor indicates the oil’s freshness.

As a side note, it’s important to always purchase olive oil in dark glass bottles, which prevents them from going rancid.

Right now you can print a $1.00 OFF coupon at so that you can try it for yourself!

If you’re not yet using EVOO at home, here are some ideas to get you started:

In the Kitchen

  • use as a marinade for your meat
  • drizzle over roasted veggies
  • make homemade salad dressing
  • add to pasta water
  • use on cooked pasta to keep from sticking
  • make pesto or a basil sauce
  • drizzle on bread and broil
  • make a bread dipping sauce with spices and herbs
  • drizzle over tomatoes, basil and mozzarella
  • drizzle on popcorn

Around the House

  • soften skin
  • polish wood furniture
  • polish metal
  • remove makeup
  • sip to stop a tickle in your throat
  • make a face cleanser

Another important thing to remember is that the smoke point of EVOO is fairly low, so for sauteing, popping popcorn and baking, you should use Carapelli Extra Light Olive Oil instead!

How do you use extra virgin olive oil? Have you ever had an olive oil tasting?