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2017 Holiday Hours at New Canaan Olive Oil

We're committed to making the holiday season easier for our customers. Please see our extended holiday hours below. Private shopping times are also available - please see our Concierge Shopping FAQ for details. Beginning Friday 11/24 - 12/17 Monday-Saturday 9am - 6pm*  *Every Thursday we're open until 8pm, as part of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce's "Shop Late 'Til 8!" event. Sundays 11am-5pm Week before Christmas, beginning 12/18: Monday - Saturday 9am - 7pm (8pm on Thursdays) Christmas Eve 12/24 9am-3pm Christmas Day 12/25 Closed Regular hours resume Tuesday 12/26:  M-Sa 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm

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Vinegar 101 Series: Different Types of Vinegar

Vinegar is created through the fermentation of any food containing sugar. And because there are so many types of vinegars, it can be difficult to know which kind you should use, and what the differences are. Here are a few of the most popular vinegars, including the kinds we feature at New Canaan Olive Oil. Traditional Balsamic Vinegar Balsamic vinegar is made from grape must (whole pressed grapes with seeds, stems, skins and juice included) and wine vinegar for acidity. The grape must is fermented in barrels for several years as it thickens and sweetens naturally. Balsamic is typically much...

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Vinegar 101 Series: What is vinegar and why do we use it in cooking?

What is vinegar? Vinegar is a liquid consisting of 5-20% acetic acid. It's made from any food that contains sugar, including starchy grains, fruits, and alcohol. Very simply, bacteria are added to the liquid in a controlled environment, and through the process of fermentation convert the sugar to acetic acid. This acidity is a prominent feature of any vinegar, and the level of acidity will vary along different types of vinegars. Vinegar can be made quickly under commercial conditions, or very slowly over several years, as with traditional Balsamic vinegar. The quality of vinegar can vary greatly, and it is...

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High Heat Cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

One of the most frequent questions we get at our store is, "can I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil for high heat cooking and frying?" The answer is yes! Here are our favorite facts about high heat cooking with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. When heated, olive oil is the most stable fat, which means it stands up well to high frying temperatures, according to the International Olive Council. The smoke point of olive oil varies with its quality. High quality extra virgin olive oils have a higher smoke point than lesser quality olive oils. According to The Olive Oil Source,...

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Store Tip: Balsamic Sweetened Drinks

This is one of our favorite store tricks. When a drink recipe calls for sugar, sweetener, or simple syrup, we simply replace it with one of our flavored balsamic vinegars! It's easier, adds flavor, and has less sugar. Try these great recipes: Balsamic Sweetened Lemonade  Cucumber Melon Balsamic Mojito  Lemongrass Mint Vanilla Iced Tea  Vodka Soda with Lemon and Watermelon Balsamic  The best part is that you can switch up the flavors using any of our many balsamic vinegars!  

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