When I first set up house many years ago, after being nudged from the nest, kicking and screaming, the only use I had for olive oil was as salad dressing, drizzled on pasta under a layer of bottled grated cheese or as a hot-oil treatment for my frizzy curls. It wasn’t until I graduated from culinary school and began experimenting with foods, that I started my love affair with all things EVOO. And, I suppose it has something to do with the age of my palate as well. After all, taste buds and olfactory nerve cells are replaced on a regular basis, and with age comes maturity.
There once was a time I could fit my olive oil stock, which consisted of one bottle of whatever was on sale that month, into a tiny corner of my spice cabinet. Now, my revolving collection of olive oils fills an entire shelf of a walk-in pantry, and soon will find its way to an under-counter cooler right next to the wine, in a place well deserved.
Just as there are certain accessories that a wine aficionado cannot do without, such as cork screws, decanters and aerators, so too, are there many for an olive oil enthusiast. Whether brushes, bottles, spouts or specialized dishes, if you want to make the most of your EVOO, there are a few accessories that might come in handy.
1 Thermometer for Poaching and Frying
Taylor Connoissuer Candy-Deep Fry Thermometer $20.95
Thermometers for measuring the temperature of the oil you will use for deep frying at home are a necessity. The recommended temperature for frying with olive oil is 365 to 370 degrees Fahrenheit. Any lower and the food will absorb the oil leaving it soaked and unpleasant. Any higher and you will be approaching the smoke point.