You can buy olive oil in the store, or roll up your sleeves and make it yourself. Check out the art of making your own olive oil.
I love olive oil, especially the good stuff. I've always thought it would be a fun thing to make, so I set out to find some simple instructions. As I have discovered, olive oil is similar to wine in its uniqueness with a huge variety of subtle tastes critiqued by olive oil connoisseurs and chefs. Making olive oil is no small task. I knew that I would need some sort of machine but I never guessed at their high cost and huge complexity. A hobby mill
will cost you between $1900 and $2650, depending on how much assembly you are able to do yourself. Alternatively, you could take a batch to a commercial mill and process it there for roughly $400 per ton.
Whichever you choose, the process is truly fascinating. The Olive Oil Source explains it. This procedure strikes that perfect balance between art and science. According to Paul Vossen olive oil flavor is affected by the variety of olive, growing region, growing conditions and the pressing and storage method. He continues to talk about the Top Ten Factors in Producing Olive Oil. If you're interested in learning about the flavor variety, take a look at this olive oil flavor and aroma chart.
If you have a hobby mill, why not invite friends over for an olive oil-making party? If you are more curious then you are ready to spend all that money on a press than you might want to take some to a commercial mill and make a batch for gifts. Is that still a bit more commitment to the olive than you were looking for? Take your new appreciation for this culinary ingredient and browse the your local chef store for some new flavors and try different food pairings.Grab a piece of fresh crusty bread and soak it in your favorite olive oil. Earlier this month, M.E. Williams introduced us to 25 great uses for olive oil. Try some of these with your cast off and make use of all the oil.