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Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

Eric Wynkoop - Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

This event was on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern

Join Chef Eric Wynkoop in his virtual office as he welcomes all of your questions. This event was created for you and we encourage you to Ask Anything – from cooking techniques to co… Read More.



I’m looking for good quality of olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Any suggestions or brands to look for?

— Lilly Boulianne


Okay. So yeah, this is another kind of a fun topic here and one that we could probably talk about all afternoon I suppose but you know the the first thing that I always say to Consumers and probably the first thing I do too is to take a look at consumer reviews online. Now, we just have access to so much wonderful information. And once again try to find sources that you might consider relatively objective. Okay, and then otherwise reliable in terms of the quality of information that they would provide all right, which means probably avoiding a lot of the food blogs that are out there. That's simply regurgitate information from The Next Food blog and really lack the depth and quality that that I prefer anyway, but back to your question, you know when it comes. You know vinegar again. That's probably an easier to question to answer by looking at some Brands online, you know some reviews or even trying to do just a comparative testing at home by picking up two or three or four different branded products and seeing what you might like the best and regarding all of oil. This is probably a more interesting question, you know in that, you know, think about the best olive oil, you know as extra virgin olive oil and usually it is, you know for a lot of applications. It's not always necessary, but let's just talk about extroversion olive oil for a minute here and and that is to say that There's been a lot of controversy over the years regarding the adulteration of extroversion olive oil and there are a lot of folks out there that would argue that the relatively low price on extraversion olive oil. These days is a good it could could be an indicator. I should say that it it may not be the real thing that maybe we should we should approach the product with caution because it takes a little more effort to produce a good product that would qualify for the extra virgin status and then within the the greater pool of olive oil that's produced. You know, there's going to be a smaller percentage of that that qualifies for extra virgin olive oil. So it would make sense that supplies would be limited and therefore prices would be relatively Care and you know, there's also been stories over a number of years. I'm talking about the widespread adulteration of extra virgin olive oil because there is so much money to be made, you know in this in this area of the food World more recently. There's been a discussion, you know, an online discussion of source or discourse involving Folks at UC Davis that have done some testing as well as Folks at the California Olive Oil commission talking about the quality of product and you might take a look at do a search online to see if you can find some of that discussion and what the what the more recent concerns are but you know, the bottom line is when comes to any foods that are processed. Okay anything that's that's maybe I should just say any food that you don't grow and produce yourself. You just never know about the quality. I don't know if I would trust things 100% because it's so easy to put a product out there that is misrepresented in other words. Okay, and I hope that as consumers that at a very fundamental level. We understand that. Okay that when we put our trust in a brand there's still a gap. between what the company is producing and and what we're enjoying that you know, unless we're Privy to the entire process and we understand what goes into handling that food products. We may not know what we just bought. Okay, and so please understand that if if you're not producing your own food that that's the reality in which we live. Okay, but beyond that we need to try to find some sources that we can trust that will vet product for us and then we can go forth and enjoy those things. Okay, and you know when it comes to buying something, you know again, it's like buying a house or buying a car buying a pair of shoes or something else what you think is important in your olive oil maybe different than what I think is important in my olive oil. So this is where it becomes an individualized and personal decision based upon your criteria. Your cooking scenario? Okay, and so please, you know, do your due diligence and do some product testing side by side in terms of the subjective components that enjoyability of that food item and then, you know make the best choice going forward for you. All right. Thank you.
Eric Wynkoop

Eric Wynkoop

Director of Culinary Instruction