Last month I found a recipe contest where the grand prize was a trip to Italy. Talk about my dream come true! I was so excited that I ran out and bought the product required for the contest-Crisco Extra Virgin Olive Oil. What a waste of time and money.
Most of the time I write positive reviews but this is a time that I cannot do that. I really wanted to like this olive oil because of the wonderful prize package but there is nothing positive worth saying about Crisco’s olive oil. It has almost no flavor, in fact I couldn’t detect any difference from this extra virgin olive oil and regular old vegetable oil. The ingredient listed is “extra virgin olive oil” but then further down the label it states that the product contains oils from five different countries. I’m not sure what that means but it didn’t make for a good product. I’m sure other olive oils are made up of oils from a variety of countries so I’m not using that as the standard of measurement.
One part of the contest requirements, along side of the recipe, was an essay stating how their product inspired you to create your original recipe. I could not in good conscience write an essay to that effect because I was not inspired in the least to create any dish. I mostly used up the bottle, so as not to waste my $3.19, in ways where the taste would not be a vital part of the final resulting dish. I wasn’t even going to blog about this contest and the awful olive oil but after talking with Phil, I decided it would be a good idea to write something. I really would not want anyone else to waste their money on an inferior product.
I try to stress using the best quality products you can afford when cooking as this will affect the taste and if you are looking to make a taste-pleasing dish, why wouldn’t you use the best? It took me years to come to this realization and once I learned this valuable lesson, I refuse to go back to the cheap products. Sure there are times when I can’t afford the best and in a pinch cheaper versions can work but I cannot recommend Crisco’s extra virgin olive oil product . As I type this, I am sitting here asking myself why I actually used it for my family, who I love more than anyone else in the world?
So my advice for today is to use the best quality product you can when you cook. Julia Child used real butter, not margarine. Shudder. Enough said.
Disclaimer: These are my opinions and I was not compensated or provided a product for review. I purchased the Crisco brand olive oil for a contest that I did not enter.