When it comes to giving exceptional gifts, I reign supreme. I’m so good at it that I’ve often thought I should hang out a shingle as a professional shopper. Now that would be a fun job! I could probably handle every shopping gig online so it wouldn’t take that much time.
Take the upcoming holidays for instance. With the help of some really neat online shops I’ve been able to indulge my latest fancy for kitchen accessories. Not just any kitchen accessory of course, but those designed for olive oil. I’m giving olive oil kitchen accessories.
Some containers are used to store olive oil. Remember… olive oil should never be stored in clear glass sitting out where light can get to it. Light degrades the quality of the oil. So the containers for storage should be of ceramic or other material that prevents light from reaching the EVOO or keep the bottle in the pantry when you’re not using it.
Other containers are used to serve olive oil, for example, drizzle cruets. These cruets have a drizzle pour spout that do exactly what the name implies, drizzle olive oil over hot pasta or crusty bread.
Drizzle cruets often come in pairs for use as oil and vinegar servers. Traditional containers used to serve olive oil along with vinegar to create an oil and vinegar dressing at the table come in many styles and varieties. I can remember my great grandmother used to always have little glass bottles with glass stoppers on the table. One had oil in it, and one had vinegar. Now that I know how to make a great salad dressing using just a really great EVOO and a quality aged balsamic vinegar, I’m getting a set of cruets for that purpose just for me. I haven’t decided on the style yet. There are so many to choose from.
Regardless of whether the container is for storage or drizzling or pairing with a vinegar container, they all add a decorative touch to any kitchen.
The cruets I’ve ordered from Cruets.com are special indeed, but I’m going a step beyond by pairing a special extra virgin olive oil with the beautiful container.
For my honorary Aunt Dinah, the B-movie actress famous for her scream in horror flicks, I’ve chosen a beautiful glass cruet. Aunt Dinah has lots of crystal she brings out for the holidays so this handblown glass cruet will look perfect on her dining table. I’ve never seen one like this with two separate compartments in the same container. The inner vessel holds vinegar, and the outer contains the EVOO, in her case, a bottle of garlic-infused extra virgin olive oil. I chose the grape cruet for Aunt Dinah. It looks like a cluster of grapes hanging within a glass dome. Spectacular.
Also from Cruets.com, I ordered an egg-shaped cruet that looks like an egg suspended in a blown glass pitcher. This is for my friend Jack, the chef, because it’s kind of funky looking. He’ll like that. He gets a bottle of estate EVOO from Italy. The really good stuff because he’ll appreciate that liquid gold.
Exquisite, unusual cruets plus a quality extra virgin olive oil equals a gift that keeps on giving in beauty, flavor, and health benefits for years to come.
Don’t you think that’s what a good gift should do?