Tasty Combinations #4

Looking for the perfect ingredients for a delicious meal? In this blog series we suggest flavor combinations that are sure to tantalize your taste buds and delight your family and friends. This month’s picks from Urban Olive Oils include a gourmet balsamic that pairs wonderfully with two of our best-selling flavor-infused olive oils, for an out-of-this-world salad dressing!

 

Mandarin Orange Balsamic

With bold orange aroma and flavor, our Mandarin Orange Balsamic is a perfect vinaigrette for salads and sauces. It’s delicious with Asian cuisine and adds a sweet and savory excitement to pork or chicken dishes.

This gourmet balsamic, when coupled with either of these two olive oil gems, creates a vibrant and delectable salad dressing that will be the star of your dinner table.

 

Meyer Lemon Olive Oil

Our gourmet Meyer Lemon Olive Oil is one of our most popular items. Meyer lemons are a cross between oranges and lemons, and the combination gives the fruit a sweet flavor with less of a bite than regular lemons. Drizzle this delicious olive oil on fish fillets before you bake or broil. It’s also excellent on salads and vegetables, and as a tasty addition to marinades. Add it to your lemon chicken dish and take the recipe to a whole new level!

 

Persian Lime Olive Oil

Our Persian Lime Olive Oil is another one of our top-selling olive oils. Persian limes, also know as Tahitian limes, are less acidic and less bitter than key limes. This treasured fruit adds delightful lime flavor to our Persian Lime Olive Oil, but without the acrid taste of key limes. Drizzle this oil on your favorite meat, or pair it with any number of our appetizing balsamics (White Honey Ginger, White Coconut, Mandarin Orange). Use this oil in your cooking, and you’ll understand why it is so popular.

 

Is your mouth watering yet? Our online store is available 24/7 and provides affordable shipping options to customers throughout the United States and Canada. And, while all of our products are made from the finest ingredients, if for any reason you are not satisfied with one of our products, simply send it back for a 100%, no-questions-asked refund! At Urban Olive Oils, we’ve got your preferred taste in our pantry!

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Tasty Combinations #3

Looking for the perfect ingredients for a delicious meal? In this blog series, we suggest flavor combinations that are sure to tantalize your taste buds and delight your family and friends. This month’s picks from Urban Olive Oils includes a specialty olive oil and several of our best salts.

 

Tandoori Masala Olive Oil

Tandoori cooking originated in India, where a cylindrical clay oven called a Tandoor is used to cook foods at high temperatures, over a long period of time. The tandoori cooking process results in highly flavored foods. You probably don’t have a Tandoor oven in your home, but reach for our Tandoori Masala Olive Oil, and you’ll bring the taste of India to every dish you create. Marinate your chicken in this oil for a dish full of flavor, or drizzle it over naan bread (sprinkle one of our gourmet salts on top before baking). You can also pour a little oil into your homemade hummus to add savory spice to your dip!

Ocean Blue Kosher Sea Salt

Our Ocean Blue sea salt is a culinary grade, all natural Kosher flake sea salt, harvested from the Pacific Ocean. It delivers all of the beneficial nutrients of sea salt, while retaining the treasured Kosher flake texture.

Pink Himalayan Salt

Our Pink Himalayan Salt is harvested from deep in the Himalayan Mountains. This salt is recognized for having a beautiful pink color and high mineral content.

Spicy Curry Sea Salt

Our Spicy Curry sea salt has a deeper, more complex essence than some of its counterparts. The fragrance is heavenly, and the flavor is superb. Combine it with our Tandoori Masala specialty olive oil to bring out the rich taste of India in every dish. Or, try it with scrambled eggs, chicken, pasta, or tofu. The possibilities are endless!

 

Is your mouth watering yet? Our online store is available 24/7 and provides affordable shipping options to customers throughout the United States and Canada. And, while all of our products are made from the finest ingredients, if for any reason you are not satisfied with one of our products, simply send it back for a 100%, no-questions-asked refund! At Urban Olive Oils, we’ve got your preferred taste in our pantry!

Delicious Butter Flavored Olive Oil

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The culinary world just can’t seem to come to terms with their love-hate relationship with butter. This creamy yellow fat made from dairy cream has been vilified for its saturated fat content and praised for its rich taste, but no one can seem to find a solution for enjoying it without a sense of guilt. Well, we have good news! Urban Olive Oils has found a guiltless answer for this tug-of-war, with our Butter Flavored Olive Oil! A delectably flavored oil in our collection, it’s an alternative to butter that combines extra virgin olive oil and artificial butter flavoring. Now the taste of butter can be celebrated and relished. Allow us to introduce you to your newest flavor experience, with all the benefits of olive oil!  

 

Ideas for Tantalizing your Taste Buds with Butter Flavored Olive Oil:

  • For a great flavor boost to your meal, sauté your favorite veggies in our Butter Flavored Oil, and serve as a side dish or as the entrée.
  • Where would popcorn be without butter? Pop some popcorn and drizzle our  Butter Flavored Olive Oil all over it, then sit down for a delicious snack and watch your favorite movie!
  • Anywhere you use butter, replace it with this heart-healthy olive oil. Try it on meat and potatoes. Dip your Italian bread in it. Spread it on pie crusts and pastries. The list of possibilities is endless.
  • And as for meat, remember the seafood in your life. Now you can make shrimp scampi without worrying!
  • Time to get excited about breakfast! Mix this olive oil with a sweet balsamic for your very own syrup sauce to pour over fruits or pancakes or . . . over just about anything.
  • Use our Butter Flavored Olive Oil to give deep-fried fish an extra shot of butter that will delight your palate and your guests.

 

Our gourmet Butter Flavored Olive Oil allows you to enjoy the flavor of butter with all the benefits of olive oil. Order yours today from our store at Urban Olive Oils, and invite your mouth to a guilt-free, rich and healthful taste experience.  

 

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Tasty Combinations #2

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Looking for fresh ideas to give some zing to tired recipes? Need some new ingredients to revitalize your cooking and baking? In this series of Urban Olive Oil’s blogs, we’re highlighting complimentary flavors of items that, when combined together, are sure to delight your taste buds and give your mouth a whole new experience in culinary creativity. This month we’re blending flavors that are perfect for a sweet-tooth by utilizing a sweet balsamic. Have a look!

 

Bacanut Balsamic

Our Bacanut Balsamic might have a funny name, but we promise you, this one is flavorful! This sweet balsamic is a combination of Banana, Caramel and Walnut flavors. Add some dark rum to this balsamic, warm it up, and pour it over vanilla ice cream for a simple and delicious dessert. For another mouthwatering idea, drizzle this balsamic over banana bread right out of the oven, or over pancakes or French toast. Or, serve Bacanut Balsamic with coconut shrimp and grilled pineapple wedges for a scrumptious appetizer or side dish.

Depending on what you’re making, you may want to add either sugar or salt (or both, if you’re adventurous). That’s where these next two items will come in handy!

Toasted Coconut Gourmet Sugar

Our Toasted Coconut Gourmet Sugar is an exotic infusion of cane sugar and coconut. A sweet treat with the lush aroma and flavor of fresh coconuts—as with all of our gourmet sugars—it’s made with all-natural cane sugar!

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Our Pink Himalayan Salt is harvested from deep in the Himalayan Mountains. Containing a rich blend of minerals your body needs, this salt is recognized by its beautiful pink color.

 

Is your mouth watering yet? You can buy this sweet balsamic at Urban Olive Oils’ online store, which is available 24/7, and offers affordable shipping options to customers throughout the United States and Canada. And, while all of our products are made from the finest ingredients, if for any reason you aren’t satisfied with one of our products, simply send it back for a 100%, no-questions-asked refund!

Premium Balsamics at Affordable Prices

Urban Olive Oils & Balsamics has taken the risk out of buying gourmet balsamic vinegar on the internet. We have the best Barrel-Aged “18 Year” balsamic on the market. But don’t just take our word for it. Experience some of our favorites!

 

Premium Traditional Dark Balsamic Vinegar

The best tasting and thickest Balsamic you’ve ever tasted! Once you try our Premium Traditional Dark Balsamic you won’t go back to that “other” balsamic. We guarantee it! This balsamic vinegar hails from Modena, Italy (aged up to 18 years) and is so smooth you could almost sip it after dinner. Use it as a drizzle on aged cheeses, cured meats, and fresh fruit, or as a dessert sauce for vanilla ice cream and strawberries. It also makes a great marinade, or a fabulous finish for your salmon.

 

Garlic Cilantro Balsamic

Our Garlic Cilantro Balsamic is one of our best sellers! A savory balsamic often described as aromatic and zesty, it carries hints of sage and citrus that are balanced by its subtle garlic flavor. Pair it with Persian lime or citrus habanero (some of our top flavor combinations) for a perfect salad vinaigrette with a kick, or try it drizzled over stuffed portobello mushrooms.

 

Chocolate Balsamic

Our Chocolate Balsamic is for all the classy people out there who know chocolate is the most important food group. This delicious balsamic can be used as an outstanding marinade for chicken or pork, in a reduction for a mouthwatering sauce, or if you really want a spunky taste idea, use our chocolate balsamic to prepare your favorite Mole sauce. And if you’re looking for a refreshing treat, toss this balsamic with fresh berries and allow it to macerate. Yum!

 

All of our balsamics at Urban Olive Oils are imported from Modena, Italy and deliver a smooth, rich texture that is second to none. Our high-quality, 25-star graded gourmet balsamics are some of the thickest, richest balsamic vinegars on the market. If our gourmet balsamic is not the best balsamic you have ever tasted, return it for a full refund. Order yours today!

 

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Tasty Combinations #1

Looking for the perfect ingredients? Well, we are here to help with that! In this series, we will be picking out complimentary flavors of items that are sure to delight your taste buds when combined together! This month involves a gourmet sea salt and spice blend for meat lovers and should be a pretty safe combination for most people (think barbeque or just…well…any meat at all). Have a look!


Deep South Hickory Spice Blend
This spice blend combines spice, herbs, kosher salt, apple cider vinegar and honey granules to bring you the favorite flavor of the South, Hickory! This sweet smoky flavor works great with chicken, pork and beef.


Applewood Smoked Sea Salt
Our Applewood Smoked salt packs a nice smoky, applewood flavor. Made with natural sea salt infused with real applewood smoke, this salt taste great on meat, eggs and chicken.

Is your mouth watering yet? Do you want to purchase these items? Our online store is available 24/7 and provides affordable shipping options to customers throughout the United States and Canada. And, while all of our products are made from the finest ingredients, if for any reason you are not satisfied with one of our products, simply send it back for a 100%, no-questions-asked refund.

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What is Traditional Balsamic?

chocolate balsamic

There are varying types of balsamics out there (like our delicious chocolate balsamic for instance), but traditional balsamic is made only in Reggio Emilia and Modena, Italy where it is overseen by a certification agency. Every certified traditional balsamic will have a DOP stamp and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale designation by the certification company. That way you know it is a true, certified traditional balsamic.

Traditional balsamic, which is made using traditional techniques (hence the name), is not actually for cooking since heat will take away its distinctive bouquet. Instead, it is intended to be applied after food has already been cooked or simply to put on food that doesn’t need to be cooked.

Traditional balsamic will have not have a strong acidity but a tartness to it instead. It may also have some smokiness to it which it can pick up from the wood it aged in. This makes it a great addition to desserts, just like our chocolate balsamic. This makes sense as the only ingredient is grapes, grape must to be exact. However, traditional balsamic can be applied to grilled meats and other foods, as well.

Our Chocolate Balsamic can be used as an outstanding marinade for chicken or pork. Use Chocolate Balsamic in a reduction for a mouthwatering sauce. Toss with fresh berries and allow to macerate for a refreshing treat! And if you really want to get adventurous, use our chocolate balsamic to prepare your favorite Mole sauce. Find it right here!

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What Makes Sea Salt So Special?

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Sea salt is made through the evaporation of a salt water source like ocean water. So, yes, sea salt can actually come from the sea in case you were wondering. Depending on where the salt comes from, it will have different properties. This is due to the evaporation process leaving varying minerals in the salt which can alter attributes such as color and flavor. In contrast, table salt is mined and goes through processes to eliminate extra minerals.

The same extra minerals and elements that give sea salt their color/flavor can also be healthy. That is why sea salt is focused on as being healthier than table salt. However, the unrefined process of sea salt doesn’t really affect sodium levels, so the daily amount of recommended is about the same as table salt. Think of sea salt like table salt but with more flavor and extra healthy minerals.

Urban has a wide selection of gourmet olive oil and gourmet sea salts that will add flavor to any meal. Are you looking to try out a bold, new flavor?

Our Sriracha sea salt brings you the tangy Thai heat of sun-ripened chilies infused into all-natural, culinary-grade flake sea salt. Use this salt in soups, on eggs, in sauces, with noodles, and on pizza. All of our salts come in fine grain, packaged in 4oz jars. Order yours today!

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Mouth-watering Lime-flavored Pork Chops – It’s what’s for dinner!

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1. Marinate your pork chops for 1 – 2 hours in the following ingredients:

***Be sure to massage the chopped garlic, salt and pepper into the pork chops.

2. Prepare your non-stick frying pan with 2-3 TBSPs of grapeseed oil, avocado oil, or another oil that can withstand medium-high heat (enough to cover the bottom of the pan).

3. Turn your burner on to medium-high heat (let it heat up before adding the pork chops).

4. Pan-fry your pork chops, 2-3 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness.

Serve with your favorite veggies and enjoy!

 

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Flavor-infused Olive Oils

infused olive oils

If you’ve never experienced using flavor-infused olive oils, then now is the time! These delicious creations come in a variety of flavors, which makes finding the right oil for your dish entirely possible. Infusing olive oils is becoming increasingly popular to the point where people are making their own unique oils. At Urban Olive Oils & Balsamics, we sell a variety of high quality flavor-infused olive oils. A few of our delicious flavors include:

  • Italian Herb Olive Oil: Our gourmet Italian Herb Olive Oil is one of our TOP sellers and will make your mouth water! It’s great for dipping, sautéing, or using as a finishing oil. It has a vibrant herb flavor which is excellent when brushed on your grilled meats. Also try in pasta with blue cheese, roasted potatoes, and on your vegetables. Serve with bread or even drizzled on popcorn.
  • Our gourmet Sun Dried Tomato, Parmesan & Garlic Olive Oil is another one of our top sellers. Wow! A wonderful dipping oil to add your favorite Italian seasonings or use it on pastas, rice, and salads. It’s delicious! Drizzle some on a baguette and grill to make awesome crostini. Sun Dried Tomato, Parmesan & Garlic Olive Oil pairs wonderfully with our Traditional ’18 year’ Balsamic, our Garlic Cilantro Balsamic, and White Jalapeno Lime Balsamic.
  • Our gourmet Meyer Lemon Olive Oil is one of most popular items. Meyer lemons are a cross between oranges and lemons, creating a sweet flavor with less of a bite than regular lemons. Drizzle on fish fillets before you bake or broil. Also excellent on salads, vegetables, and in marinades. Lemon chicken will never be the same! Meyer Lemon Olive Oil pairs wonderfully with our Mandarin Orange Balsamic or Raspberry Balsamic for an out of this world salad dressing.

Urban Olive Oils & Balsamics has taken the risk out of buying olive oil on the internet. Our products are backed by a 100% Money Back Guarantee, so let out your adventurous side and try an entirely new flavor of olive oil today!

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