Zabar’s tradition of bringing the best gourmet offerings from around the world at a reasonable price is embodied by our store-brand Olive Oils that have been deemed deliciously worthy of carrying the Zabar brand name. High quality extra virgin olive (EVOO) improves the flavor of just about everything it touches, from roasting and grilling meats and fish, to creating a custom dressing for a healthy salad. In moderation, the non-saturated fats in Olive Oil are a healthy alternative to a world filled with trans- and saturated fat and can help lower bad cholesterol. It’s easy to overlook how important the oil you cook or garnish with is to the final product, but choosing a good quality oil (without breaking the bank) can make or break a dish.
The newest Zabar’s brand oil product is the Arbequina & Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Catalonia, Spain. This bold and fragrant extra virgin olive oil blends the smooth nuttiness of Arbequina olives with the fresh bite of Picual olives for a dynamic finish. Yet even with these delicious tasting notes, this Iberian oil won’t overpower the other flavor profiles of a prepared dish. Strong enough to be used as a dipper or to top off an appetizer, yet subtle enough for a fried or sautéed dish, utilize this newest addition to our olive oil selection every day to add flavor and freshness to sauces, salads, vegetables and grilled meats. Made and bottled in Spain exclusively for Zabar's, it is the only private label oil produced by this maker, who is also a multi-generation family business.
$19.98 Available in-store, and online.
Olive Oil Tips
Remember to store your oil in a cool dark place. Although keeping a bottle next to the stove or on top of the fridge is convenient and accessible, excess heat and sunlight can break down the oil and reduce its typical shelf life of 1 year.
According to Ellie Krieger of Finecooking.com, Olive Oil can make a great substitute for vegetable oil (at a 1:1 ratio) or butter (3Tbsp Oil for each ¼ cup of butter) in certain baked goods. This trick works especially well with muffins and loaves with savory spices such as cinnamon or pumpkin, yet may overpower and distract in sweet/lightly flavored recipes.
Suggested Housewares Product:
Our featured Housewares oil product is the Misto by Liquid Motion Inc. This gourmet olive oil sprayer is powered by a manual pump, which eliminates the need for aerosols and other ecologically harmful propellants. Easy to refill and spray, the Misto is great for portion control and adding just a light hint of delicious oils like Zabar’s Spanish Olive Oil to any kind of dish. Great for grilling, on the stove, or to garnish a salad or sandwich, the Misto is the perfect countertop accessory for every kitchen.
At only $9.98, the Misto is a great value.
Available in-store, and online. Available in Red.