Olive: The Other Essential Oil

One of my New Year’s Resolutions for this year is to become a better cook. I have three very picky people that I cook for so while I want to serve them something that tastes good, I also want it to be healthy. That’s where Olive Vinegar in Downtown Rochester comes into the picture.

Step inside Olive Vinegar to sample their array of olive oils and balsamic vinegars

Step inside Olive Vinegar to sample their array of olive oils and
balsamic vinegars

I have to admit that I was super intimidated to even enter this store. I honestly knew very little about olive oils and different types of balsamic vinegars before I went in. Plus, all those shiny glass bottles lining their shelves really made me nervous to go inside with my kiddos. However, I knew that I needed to pay a visit to get the scoop on all the different products.

As soon as I walked through the door, I was welcomed and put right at ease. My daughter and I were invited to sample whatever we wanted. Right away I realized that while I had a lot to learn, this was the place to learn it. The store is laid out so clearly with Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOOs) in one area and balsamic vinegars in another. I sampled a bit of almost everything while wondering how healthy this stuff actually was.

Then, I met Michael Loffredo, owner of the store. He patiently explained the differences between the oils and vinegars and gave me a ton of ideas of how to incorporate these into my life. Thankfully, there are no added preservatives and everything is natural. This means that I can cut back on a lot of preservatives my family eats by making a few simple swaps. We switched out store bought salad dressing for wild blueberry balsamic vinegar and basil extra virgin olive oil (not in the same salad-ha!). My kids loved dipping their fruit in the dark chocolate balsamic, which can also be used in baking and in place of chocolate syrup. I know it sounds a little crazy, so you have to go in and see for yourself. Prepare to be amazed!

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Also, check out Olive Vinegar’s website because they have a lot of recipes available there, too. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Apple Crisp

2. Gluten-Free Chicken Lettuce Wraps

3. Maple Balsamic BBQ Sauce

There are hundreds of ways to use these oils and vinegars to create a healthier diet. I still have a lot to learn, so I hope you’ll stick with me on this journey. First, go sample some of the oils and vinegars and let me know what you tried. Then, I’ll share with you some more ways I’m using these products to draw my picky eaters out of their comfort zones and onto the path of a healthier lifestyle.

Olive Vinegar is located at 205 South Main Street. You can contact them via phone at 248.923.2310 or email at [email protected]  

About Meghan Zeile

Mom-in-the-know and local writer for Rochester Media. Always looking for tips with kids, family life, and fun local adventures. Contact at [email protected]

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