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Bottles must be clean and completely dry for us to refill your bottles. We suggest washing your bottles upside-down in a dishwasher and then allowing them to drip dry, cork removed. They are also easily cleaned by running hot, soapy water through the bottles until the water runs clear, and then allowing them to dry completely. We can reuse your clean corks or provide you with a new cork and we will relabel your bottles.

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Extra virgin olive oil is olive fruit juice! It is the unrefined, pressed juice of selected olives. This juice must meet chemical analysis requirements to be labeled extra virgin.

From all over the world! We are proud to “follow the crush” and to carry the freshest extra virgin olive oils available!  We change our line-up of delicate to robust oils every 6-8 months and feature oils from South America, Australia, Europe and California. Our infused oils are imported and infused in California. Our butternut squash seed and delicata squash seed oils are from Geneva, New York!

Our extra virgin olive oils are produced using the modern technology of centrifuges to separate olive pulp, water and oil.  Traditionally, olive mass was first pressed through fiber mats (first cold press) and then subsequently heated water was introduced for further extraction on the same mass (second press).  Today, centrifuges provide an oxygen deprived environment for quick, single step extraction preserving the freshness of the fruit.

Yes, sediment is removed through gentle decantation of the oil.

Absolutely!  The fresher the extra virgin, the higher the smoke point.  You can sauté, grill, bake and fry in extra virgin!  Just be careful not to smoke the oil and always work with the oil under controlled heat.

All of our oils are unrefined and are therefore best consumed as close to the crush/production dates as possible. If stored properly, our oils will hold their fresh flavor for 9-12 months. Over time, the oils will gradually lose their fresh flavor and their polyphenols (antioxidants) and vitamins will decrease.  Do not wait, enjoy your oils now!

In a cool, dark place. Extra virgin olive oil’s biggest enemies are heat and light. Do not keep your oils too close to a heat source and never trust and olive oil in a clear container!

Every 6-8 months we sample the newly harvested oils from different countries.  We then decide which oils we will choose to complete our line-up of delicate to robust options.  Every year the productions offer us new surprises.  Our staff is well trained to suggest to you an oil that is reflective of the style of extra virgin that pleases you.

Forever.  It has already “gone bad”!

In Italy there is strict regulations to differentiate between TRADITIONAL BALSAMIC VINEGAR and the commercially made, inferior product. Sweet Trebbiano white grapes produced in and around the area of Reggio Emilia and Modena, Italy form the base of the world’s only true balsamic vinegar. The grapes ripen on the vine for as long as possible to develop their sugar. The juice, or “must”, is pressed out of the grapes and cooked in copper kettles.  Balsamic vinegar is aged in the “solera” style method in the attics of vintners where acetic fermentation begins from naturally present bacteria. The vinegar slowly oxidizes and is reduced naturally over time. The vinegar is transferred into progressively smaller barrels each year. The vintner will blend each year’s production to create a complex balsamic.  You will notice that our vinegar has the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity from the grapes and complexity from the wood the vinegar is aged in. 

Once your package ships you can expect your order to arrive in about 2-5 business days.

You must spend $100.00 or more per recipient or address destination in order to get free shipping to that destination.

You may call or email the Burlington store location at (802) 489-5276 or email at info@saratogaoliveoil.com.

Yes. On the back of the gift card you will find a  card number which may be entered in the discount code option during check-out.

If you are ordering decorated bottles we suggest allowing us 6 weeks to order and prepare your favors.  If you are ordering undecorated favors, 4 weeks allows us plenty of time to stock and prepare the product that you choose.

It’s a secret! It is an all natural vegetable extract.

We suggest 1 part vinegar to 2 parts oil, but the ratio is up to your taste!

Absolutely.  Our butter infused olive oil is a wonderful, healthy alternative to butter in baking.  1 teaspoon of butter = 3/4 teaspoon of olive oil.

Yes, we do offer organic balsamic vinegar and organic varietal extra virgins.  Our organic oil offerings change based on the seasons. We do find that many of our small producers may be using organic methods, but do not go through the arduous task of getting USDA certification.

Nutritional information is available on our website by clicking on the product and then opening the “Ingredient Information” tab next to the bottom window called “Product Description”.

All of our olive oils: fused, infused and varietals are kosher.

No, except our walnut, almond, and pecan oil.