I must share this article with you, not just because the author, Peter James-Smith, writes about olive oil in squeeze bottles, but because he is very, very funny. Peter’s article “Pink Sauce” also talks about another favorite condiment of mine, the entitled Pink Sauce, only I didn’t know it had a name. It is delicious and very fattening. In this case delicious trumps fattening. I particularly love it on fries. I am drooling as I sip my Slim Fast.
Now to the olive oil matter at hand, olive oil in a squeeze bottle. I first saw this phenomenon mentioned in James-Smith’s article. He said that he found a bottle on his desk from an olive oil company named Willow Creek (South Africa), no doubt they wanted a favorable review of their groovy, new bottle. James-Smith then had many witty things to say about it.
Subsequently, I searched Willow Creek’s website and could not find mention of the olive oil squeeze bottle. I posted a comment at James-Smith’s Pink Sauce article site requesting a photo of the bottle, and am hoping he will provide one. It isn’t that I don’t believe it exists, it’s just – why?
Condiments that come in a squeeze bottle aren’t easy to extract without the help of some utensil or other, in other words, they are thick and a squeeze bottle is an excellent delivery system. I have not yet met an olive oil that is thick enough to warrant the squeeze bottle delivery system. Is there some mutant variety of olive in South Africa of which I am not aware? Probably not.
Perhaps there is a market for the olive oil squeeze bottle. Who am I to say what some folks will buy. What would the bottle be made out of? Plastics, I assume.
Whoa! Plastics and olive oil are not a good combination and over time the plastics alter the taste of the oil. I cannot see purchasing an extra virgin olive oil that is housed in plastic. What is the point? Isn’t it enough that you’ve probably paid a good bit for your evoo, and that you already must worry about it’s oxidation process once it’s opened or is sitting next to your warm stove in the sun?
So far, all this commentary is supposition, and to be fair, I await evidence of the legendary olive oil squeeze bottle.
May the sun shine through your branches.