I had the pleasure of trying some high-quality products from Maison Orphée, a Canadian company offering a large selection of superior and mostly organic cold-pressed oils and condiments. What does this mean? The oils are pressed slowly at a very low temperature in order to retain the flavor and nutritional benefits of the seeds they come from. They obviously care about the quality of their products and go through great effort to maintain their nutritional values.
Differentiating between quality olive and coconut oils, and inferior oils masquerading as high quality can be a daunting task. In recent news, investigators have uncovered fraud regarding olive oil. There are cases where it has been adulterated with other lower quality vegetable and soy oils in order to sell at high prices while stretching the original product much further. The same issue is happening with coconut oil, cut with palm kernel oil to increase profits.
The best way to deal with these issues is to research the company you’re buying from and speak to others who have used their products. My opinion: these products are stunning! The olive oil has a deep and rich flavor, perfect for a hot piece of (gluten-free) crusty bread, some cracked black pepper and salt.
The deodorized organic coconut oil has a gorgeous texture and is perfect for cooking items without imparting a coconut flavor. It is also nice for mixing with coarse sea salt to make a luxurious scrub, or using alone as a moisturizer.
Also sampled were organic mustards made by Maison Orphée. Used to coat and bake chicken, the Dijon mustard was delicious when used to coat thin pieces of chicken which were rolled with bacon and cheddar cheese, and then baked. The yellow mustard is excellent for dipping and the deli style mustard is perfect for dipping artisan cheeses into – a nice accompaniment to a glass of red wine.
They also offer salad sprays made with cold pressed olive oil and other herbs which look divine!
“Established in 1983, La Maison Orphée is the first craft oil mill in eastern Canada. Since 1989, the company went from importer to producer. Since 1992, La Maison Orphée is owned and operated by the Belanger Family. Our many years of expertise enable us to offer the largest selection of cold-pressed unrefined oil on the Canadian market.” Check them out on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest for amazing recipe suggestions!
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