“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Olive Oil „
Extend your life-span with this Oil!
There are certainly some intriguing claims flying about in some parts of the globe that Olive Oil (particularly) of the Extra Virgin variety, can increase life expectancy when it was discovered in Israel that a woman aged 120 drank a glass everyday to disprove the myth that we are merely mortal! - Well, maybe this is partly true and it is well known that the diets of Italians, who produce and distribute this age-defying lotion generously, do live to quite a substantial age themselves.
So then, the health benefits of Olive Oil itself, are tremendous and almost priceless if you can buy them at affordable retail prices!
Olive Oil vs Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
What distinguishes 'Extra Virgin' Olive Oil from Olive Oils themselves, is simply to do with temperature and preparation alone and nothing to do with any 'chemical' treatment that many Western cultures assume when much of our own oils are flavour; colour; texture manipulated in some way, though not necessarily all through chemicalized processing. 'Extra-Virgin' refers to the 'finest' of the fully ripened Olive fruit that is simply pressed with many hundreds of spare feet that carefully stamp for hours! - A slighter vintage method of preparation came in the form of grounding the Olives to a paste under Granite stone and then pressed through a Hydraulic press, but the method faded for reasons I am not entirely informed.
Traditionally, Olive Oil deservedly earned the title of 'Liquid Gold' specifically for its healing function as a medicinal cure for arthritis; stiffness of joints and other more serious health conditions that are cardio related. It is an established fact throughout the modern medical world that Olive Oil in all essence, is a life-saving son of nature that truly does work wondrous miracles in many patients who have suffered heart-attacks, so it just proves that this is not merely a great healthy cooking oil.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil therefore does not make it a more 'healthier' option just because it has matured differently. It is easily assumed that the special difference between Olive Oil and 'Extra-Virgin' has markedly health giving properties for which it doesn't at all and if you ever go to Greece; Italy or Spain for instance, they only ever use the extra-virgin specialty in rare doses due to the concentration of it.
Differences between Tesco Extra-Virgin Olive Oil to that of other brands:
I reluctantly shop at Tesco to buy my Oils when the nearest store is a good 10 miles from where I live and only have access to public transport which is very slow may I add. I generally buy Sainsbury's own make of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil that is exquisitely presented in a dark Green, 250ml elegant bottle and lasts me at least three months. Tesco's own brand is marginally less 'beautifying' in appearance, with a wider head-to-shoulder ratio that makes it markedly uglier in presentation design, but attractive in an honest 'no frills' kind of way with an inviting deep pinkness front label that gives it added warmth of character.
However, it is not the presentation of a product that my review is about, but about the contents of the economical range of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. Buying a Tesco version was not the less cheaper for me, but certainly there had been a slight difference in texture to that of Sainsbury's own make which has a more robust, full bodied texture that would easily compliment more heartier food sources such as red-meats. In terms of flavouring, it has the same 'nuttiness' about it as most Olive Oils generally do, but with a hint of pepper in it.
given its thicker consistency, the Oil poured as if it were a refined Malt with gentility. As with Sainsbury's own make; I find it to be definitely thinner in consistency and therefore less easier to manage whilst pouring, so didn't rate it too highly even though I liked many of it's other features such as its slightly deeper 'nutty' taste with a tangy-fruit sensation after an initial tasting. I would recommend this for Salad dressing and in all cooking that does not require too much Zap of spice that would provide an excessive amount of too much flavouring.
Contents and unique flavours:
As far as I am aware and, if not otherwise stated on the bottle itself, these are not separate added ingredients to enhance natural flavouring: just the way in which the natural maturation of the Oils have cultivated its own unique twist in taste over a relatively short period of time. The Oil then takes on its own variety of character as found in Cheeses that mature over much longer durations of time, though with Oils they respond to a quicker-maturation as I have seen countless documentaries on this subject area.
The great thing about this natural flavoring in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil that Tesco sell, is that they have provided their customers with a great deal of consideration for consumer preference for flavour-enriched foods that are otherwise tasteless if they are made entirely of basic ingredients. Just because something is basic in content, doesn't make it uninterestingly bland (especially in Olive Oils) that always contain additional cultures often from how the Olives have matured themselves and how they are prepared.
Because many of the 'value' for money end of the Olive Oil range contains it's own unique taste-properties without added extras; there appears however, to be an increasing popularity for exotic (specialty made) varieties that are sold exclusively to Sainsbury's and Waitrose (not sure about Tesco) for consumers who demand fuller-flavours in their cooking Oils apart from the ones that are 'natural' in content.
Infused Olive Oils:
Given to the rise in more exciting (flavoursome) Olive Oils, there is an increased production of exclusive home-made varieties that are hitting the shelves of many supermarkets who are seeking to expand their own range. I have witnessed them in Waitrose and Sainsbury's that contain what looks like Large segments of fruit with herbs (perhaps not mixed together) but an excellent infused mixing of random ingredients! - often these are bought by those on higher end incomes and therefore not available to everyone who can't afford them such as myself. I like to look but not buy groceries that are out of my budget range, but interested in the inventiveness of those who make and sell their creative abilities.
Inevitably, it is the the intensity of the flavour that consumers are after when looking for a specialized make of infused Olive Oil that varies according with season, where the herbs have been selected; growing conditions and other factors. A great majority of infused Oil sellers, must be careful to keep their recipes simple so as not to breach food trading standards regulations as well as make successful sales on their products according to popular demand.
Overall advantages of Olive Oil (whether it is Extra-Virgin) or not:
As a friendly monounsaturated fat, if you were to use this in your everyday cooking, you would cut down drastically on Saturated fats found in most standardized oils that are made from other natural sources such as Rapeseed and other plant type. These fats are the least digestible and why they are so dangerous to our health as they 'block' into solid form over time whereas Olive Oil doesn't. Comes in many affordable varieties whilst getting value for money at cost-effective prices.
The limitations with Tesco Oils in general (not) just Extra virgin Olive Oil, is that although very affordable, are not ambitious products if they are reduced to such simplicity (not design wise) but in content. If they were to explore infused brands, they could possibly trade at least one as a kind of introduction to Olive Oil with a difference.
Those who read my reviews regularly know that I cook almost every day from scratch. I keep loads of ingredients at home and one of them is Tesco Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I always take care to choose the extra virgin version of it. Later I will explain the difference between them.
So Tesco's extra virgin olive oil comes in a bottle with purple label on it. It is available only in Tesco and www.tesco.com in the following sizes: 1 litre for 3.98 pounds, 750 ml for 2.90 pounds, 500 ml for 1.99 pounds and 250 ml for 1.09 pounds. So you can see that the 750 ml bottle is the cheapest (3.87 pounds per litre). The 'Tesco extra virgin olive oil' is written with huge letters on the purple label and looks as if a drop of oil drains down the label. You can find nutritional and allergy information on the labels as well.
The olive oil in the bottle has yellowish green colour. It is easy to pour it out from the bottle as there is a white plastic widget below the black cap that helps you to pour exactly the required quantity. This olive oil is from Tesco's premium quality products.
So a few things about the olive oil as I promised. Olive oil is fruit oil produced from olives. The olive oil has 5 types that are available for cosumption:
The extra virgin olive oil
This is the top quality olive oil which is produced by the use of physical means and there is no chemical treatment at all during its production. Its acidity is less than 0.8% and has a superior taste compared to the other olive oils. It is perfect for salads, soups, stews and dipping fresh baguettes into it.
The virgin olive oil
The virgin olive oil is produced with physical means as well. The difference between the extra virgin and virgin olive oil is the acidity. The virgin olive oils acidity is less than 2% and still has good taste.
The pure olive oil
This oil is a mix of olive oil made by physical means and oil chemically treated. The chemical treatment neutralizes the strong tastes and the high acid content of the oil.
The olive oil
The olive oil is a mix of olive oil made by physical means and oil chemically treated too. It has no strong flavour and its acidity is less than 1.5%.
The olive pomace oil
This olive oil is extracted from the pomace and some virgin olive oil is mixed to it as well. You can't find this oil in the shops but it is used in the restaurants.
The main olive oil producing countries are Spain, Italy and Greece. The olive oil is used not only in the kitchen but also in cosmetics and medicine. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidative substances. Olive oil can reduce the LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels so it protects our body from heart disease. Olive oil causes the less allergy reactions among all the oils available. It is well tolerated by the stomach. Naturally all these beneficial characteristics are for the extra virgin and virgin olive oil which is from the first press of olives without any chemical treatment. So extra virgin olive oil is reach in Vitamin E, phenols and omega-9.
I think that extra virgin olive oil is expensive. BUT! We spend loads of money on coffee, tea, cigarettes, alcohol which are not essential for our everyday life and they are expensive too. So why do we want to save money on healthy food? We mustn't!
I admit that olive oil has a special taste which is very different from sunflower oil. It is characteristic and some of us like it the majority not really. I belonged to those who didn't like it. After reading about its benefits I decided that I will cook with it anyway. After a few weeks we got used to it so I use mostly olive oil.
There are some cases when I use still sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is not bad at all. It has very useful ingredients too. It is more heat resistant than olive oil. So for example when I pour oil in my deep fryer it is always sunflower oil. Even if I fry something on the gas in a pot of oil I use sunflower oil. If you try to use olive oil for frying you will find that it is smoking badly and I don't really know whether it is good or not. I prefer definitely sunflower oil for frying.
I really love extra virgin olive oil in cakes, pancakes, salads, soups and everything I cook but no fry. So do I recommend Tesco's Extra Virgin Olive Oil? My answer is definitely yes. It is a really good olive oil.
After switching to Olive oil last year to be a little healthier, I cant believe the difference between this and normal cooking oils. However, extra virgin olive oil can be expensive, so in our household we opt for this Tesco own make.
The oil comes either in a glass jar, or now you can get it in a plastic bottle which is slightly cheaper. We tend to buy the oil in the plastic bottle as it is cheaper, although its worth bearing in mind this can go cloudy after a while, as the old can get into the plastic bottle easier. This however is easily overcome by giving it a good shake before use.
The oil itself is nice and golden, and is very versatile for use cooking, or even on salads. I must admit I even add it to my protein shakes, as its a great way of adding some essential fat into my diet.
One of the best things about this oil is the pourer, which means you don't spill any, or that it doesn't come out too fast. This also then has the added bonus of not making the bottle sticky.
You will find with this oil that it does the job well, and makes cooing things easy, with the added health benefits. The oil is easy to spread too, and tastes great in cooking. Its not too oily, and it has a pleasant not too strong taste to it.
For me, and my needs, this oil ticks all the boxes.
I needed some extra virgin olive oil for a recipe and ended up buying this Tesco one because it was the cheapest by quite a lot. I only needed 4 tablespoons so brought the smallest size bottle which cost about £1.20 and that's good for this type of oil. There are bigger sizes available too.
I've used it for a few different things now including adding it to muffin mixture, using it to fry in, drizzling over salads and basting roast potatoes and parsnips.
As far as oil goes it tastes very nice. I'm not mad keen on using oil because I don't like the greasy taste or feel of food after adding it but this one is deffo not as greasy as vegetable or sunflower oil. It sounds weird saying that an oil isn't greasy but you can tell the difference between this and other types of oil and that's probably why the Italians love it! lol
This gives food a crisp pleasant taste instead of overpowering it with the taste of oil, it hasn't got the earthy taste like some olive oils have got but this is definately not the real thing because I remember having some in the summer that was made and brought in Italy and that was the most amazing oil to cook with.
For the price (and the fact that I can't get to Italy easily!!!) though I think this is wicked and I recommend you all trying it to save a few pennies because there's no difference between this extra virgin olive oil and one from a more expensive brand.
coming over from Germany to rainy Manchester I had to find out where I can buy some good food and the first adress for me to have a look at was Tesco.
I would like to say something about the Tesco olive oil which I bought yesterday:
*** Tesco Extra Virgin Olive oil ****
*** Nutrition ***
nutrient per 100g
Energy kCal 900 kCal
Energy kJ 3,700 kJ
Carbohydrate 0.0 g
of which sugars 0.0 g
Fat 100.0 g
of which saturates 14.3 g
Fibre 0.0 g
Sodium 0.0 g
*** My opinion about this oil ***
Olive oil is very healthy because it is relatively low in saturated fat compared to other cooking oils.
The texture of the oil is quite thick and it´s taste reminds me of sunflower oil which I didn´t like about it. I mean it doesn´t have this fresh flavour reminding you of herbs and fresh olives but it doesn´t have a special taste. It´s very bland like sunflower oil.
I would not recommend this oil for baking or frying as it denaturates at high
temperatures and becomes bitter by heating it. In addition to that it will lose it´s healthy vitamins when you heat it.
Anyway, I use this oil mainly for salads and for making my own mayonnaise. In salads it is a very dark and think oil but as I have bought this bottle once, I want to empty it at least.
*** What does 'extra virgin' mean? ***
"....Extra-virgin olive oil comes from virgin oil production only, contains no more than 0.8% acidity, and is judged to have a superior taste. Extra Virgin olive oil accounts for less than 10% of oil in many producing countries. Used on salads, added at the table to soups and stews and for dipping...."
-quoted from wikipedia.
*** Conclusion ***
After all this oil is not as good as I hoped it would be because it tastes very bland compared to other quality olive oils I´ve had before. I think I´ll have to buy another one next time and this would probably be an organic one.
That´s why I´m giving only three of five points.
Thank you very much for reading my reviews!