This week we will delve into Olive Oil, figuratively if not literally. If you have heard about the recent olive oil scandals and want to know more, or if you just want to find the best olive oil for your salad, we will try to answer all your questions. Our recipes this week include Olive Oil Dipping Sauce, Olive Oil Orange Cake, and Green Salads (to show off your best Extra Virgin Olive Oil.)
As always, prices are for this area and for Safeway and Fry's will require at least a Club Membership card. Some may require digital coupons as well. We try to indicate all restrictions, special conditions etc. Sprouts does not require any cards and does not have any special savings days. Sprouts does have double ad Wednesday, when you get last week’s and this week’s ad prices. All three stores have digital savings available to those with appropriate accounts, go to their web pages for details and directions. Fry’s at least will give you the advertised digital price if you state you do not have appropriate technology. Safeway sometimes has coupons which you can access digitally or clip out of the ad.
On Sale This Week
Deal Of The Week
$.99/lb—Squash, yellow or zucchini
$1.29/lb—Yellow Peaches or Nectarines
$1/99/lb—Apricots or Plums
$3.99/lb—Strawberries, 2 lb box OR Blueberries, 18 oz box
$3.99/each—Salads, Simple Truth brand, Organic, 16 oz box, select varieties
$1.77/lb—Pork, Spareribs, Bone in, previously frozen OR Half pork loin, boneless, whole in bag, cut and wrapped free
$1.99/lb—Chicken, Boneless skinless Breasts
$1.47/lb—Turkey, Frozen, breast, bone in
$2.99/lb—Pork loin, center cut chops, boneless
Other Good Deals
$1.25/each—Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream or Dip, Kroger brand, select varieties,16 oz
$1.25/each—Ball Park Franks, 15 oz, select varieties
$2.50/each—Johnsonville Smoked Sausage, 12-14 oz, select varieties
Buy 6 Items, Save $3—Participating items in multiples of 6
$.99/each—Barbecue Sauce, Sweet Baby Ray’s, select varieties
$1.49/each—Eggs, cage free, Kroger brand OR Frozen Waffles, Kellogg’s Eggs 6-10 ct
$1.78/each—Frozen entrée, Stouffer’s or Lean Cuisine, select varieties
$1.49/each—Cereal, General Mills, select varieties
$2.99/each—Nutella, 13 oz OR Dannon Greek Yogurt select varieties
Deal of The Week
$.97/lb—Chicken, Sanderson Farms, Split breasts Drums, Thighs or Leg Quarters, Bone in Jumbo Pack
$.88/each—Raspberries, 6 oz box
$1.49/lb—Broccoli crowns or Cauliflower
$1.50/each—Mini peeled carrots, 1 lb bag OR Eggplant
$1.99/lb—Tomatoes on the Vine
$1.77/lb—Chicken, Boneless skinless Breasts or Thighs, in Full-service Butcher Block
$1.77/lb—Pork, Assorted Loin Chops, Bone in, Family Pack
$1.99/lb—Pork, Boneless Sirloin Chops Family pack
$3.99/lb—Beef Roasts or Family Pack chops, Chuck, Cross Rib or Tip
$8.99/lb—Salmon, Norwegian Anlantic Fillets, Fresh
$2.50/each—Bacon, Farmer John, 12 oz
$5.99/lb—Sliced fresh in Deli—Ham, Primo Taglio, Black Forest, Applewood OR Cheese, Muenster, Med Cheddar Baby Swiss or Pepper Jack
Other Good Deals
$.34/each—Burritos, Tina’s frozen, 4 oz, select varieties
$1/each Whoopie Cakes, 2 ct,
$1/each—Greek Yogurt, Dannon or Chobani, select varieties
$1.88/each Water, Refreshe, 24 pk, limit 2
$1.25/each—Lucerne Whipping cream 8 oz, Sour cream, Cottae Cheese or Half n Half, 16 oz. select varieties
Clip Or Click Coupons, must have coupon or Just for U Account
$.44/each—Yogurt, Dannon select varieties, limit 10
$.87/each—Iceberg lettuce, limit 2
$.99/each—Crystal Geyser water, 128 oz, limit 6
$1.67/each—Quaker cereal, Kellogg’s fruit snacks or pop tarts, select varieties, limit 6
$.99/pkg—Ball Park Meat or Cheese Franks, select varieties, limit 4
$1.88/each, Heinz Barbecue Sauce, Yellow Mustard or Ketchup, select varieties, limit 6
$1.27/each—Eggs, 18 count, Large AA, limit 2
The 4x Gas Reward Points event continues—Look for red gas pump shelf tags in store
Deal of the Week
$1.99/lb—Mild Cheddar Cheese, bulk cut, in deli.
$.88/lb—Strawberries OR Green Grapes OR Gala Apples OR Italian Red or Sweet Vidlia Onions
$.77/lb—Cauliflower OR Italian Squash
$2.50/each—Strawberries, 1 lb or Blueberries, 6 oz
$2.50/each—Mini Seedless Watermelons
$2/each—Mini Sweet Peppers
$2.50/lb—Red or Green Seedless Grapes
$1.69/lb—Pork, Loin Roast or Chops, Roast sold whole in bag
$3.99/lb—Lamb, Shoulder chops, pasture raised, fresh
$3.99/lb—Ground Beef, 100% grass fed in USA, value pack
$3.99/lb—Chicken, Marinated Pollo Asado
$12.99/lb—Salmon, Fresh, Alaskan Wild Caught Sockeye, fillets
Other Good Deals
$.99/each—Potato chips, Kettle brand, 4.2-5 oz, select varieties
$4.99/lb—Go Nuts Sale, Walnuts and Almonds
$4.99/1ltr—Sprouts Extra Virgin Olive Oil
$2.99/each—Kind Granola, select varieties
$1.50/each—SO Delicious Coconut Milk, Dairy Free Yogurt
25%off Sprouts Bread or Naan
35%off Silk Alternative Milks
25% off all products in these lines—Super Nutrition, Sea-el, Naturtint
20% off all products in these lines—Aloe Life, Oregon’s Wild Harvest
72 Hour Sale
$1/each—Jumbo Cantaloupe, Arizona Grown
$.99/each—Essentia Water, 1.5 ltr
$2/each—Sprouts Shredded Cheese, 8 oz, select varieties
Olive Oil, Many Types, Many Uses
So you’re standing in front of a shelf full of olive oil bottles, Extra Virgin, Light, Pure, Cold Pressed, what does it all mean? To start with, there is actually no meaning to the term cold pressed any more. Olive oil is no longer pressed, it is extracted by a centrifuge process.
The terms light and pure usually apply to oils with less flavor. Extra Virgin should mean oil extracted at the beginning of the process. Oils are evaluated both by tasting and testing.
A few years ago there was a huge scandal in the olive oil industry when it was discovered that many oils, even from major brands, were not 100% olive oil, but might contain other oils such as canola or soy. This prompted various governments to establish standards and testing programs. There are still rumors of possible adulteration but the problem seems better now. The very strictest regulations and testing are in California. Oil from California is pretty sure of being as described.
The best way to ensure you get what you pay for is to know your vendor. Here in Prescott we are fortunate to have a number of good choices. Trader Joe’s oils have won several major awards. Sprouts carries a number of good oils including oil from the Queen Creek Olive Mill in Arizona. OliveU, in the Bashford Courts, carries many varieties of olive oil, both plain and infused with a variety of flavors. Their employees are quite knowledgable and helpful, and you can taste everything. (They also have many vinegars.) All their oil bottles carry the harvest date of the olives it was made from.
Olive oil is pretty much all made within a few hours of harvest. Olive oil looses quality quickly, so the closer to harvest the better. Harvest date should be on every bottle, but in fact it is pretty rare. If you are paying $15 for 250 ml. of oil, you ought to have this information.
One question which has come up relates to use of extra-virgin olive oil for cooking. It is true that many of the flavors of high quality oils will be lost if it is subjected to high heat, but it is still commonly used for sautéing and cooking of all kinds. But maybe that $15 bottle should be reserved for dipping and salads.
This Just In—Extra Virgin Olive Oil Consumption May Protect Memory.
Here’s how to dress a salad.
Orange Olive Oil Cake
A Cake made with Olive Oil? Yes indeed!
This recipe was inspired by Mario Battali but adjustments have been made for altitude.
4 large or 5 medium oranges (use microplane to remove zest from all, juice one)
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup olive oil
3 Tablespoons orange zest
1/2 cup liquid + 1 Tablespoon (could be all orange juice or may use part dry sherry)
5 large eggs
3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
powdered sugar for decoration
Set oven at 350ºF
Prepare a 9 inch cake pan by brushing with olive oil, lining with parchment paper, and oiling the top of the parchment.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and baking soda.
In a measuring cup, measure the liquid, add the olive oil and zest, stir together
In a medium bowl, beat the salt and eggs together until the eggs are light and foamy, use a hand or stand mixer. (Or if you are energetic use a whisk.) Beat for 2-3 minutes. Add the flour and liquid alternately, beginning with flour.
Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake 25-35 minutes. Check by touching the top of the cake lightly. When it is done it should spring back. Also a toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean or with only a few moist crumbs.
Let cake cool in pan. Use a knife to loosen sides. Remove from pan and peel off parchment paper. Place cake on a piece of paper. Sift powdered sugar over. Place on serving plate.
Here is a similar cake made with chopped rosemary. Remember you may have to adjust for altitude.
Olive Oil Dipping Sauces
Use a small flat bowl or a saucer. Place the desired flavorings in the middle of the bowl. Carefully pour a couple Tablespoons high quality olive oil over. Let infuse for 15-30 minutes. The better your oil, the more careful you should be with your seasonings to complement but not overwhelm the oil. Serve with chunks of crusty bread to dip into the oil.
Usually you should use some coarse sea salt and cracked or ground black pepper. The use of finely chopped garlic is quite common. Try: almost any fresh herb, finely chopped, crumbled dried herbs, Italian herb seasoning, a small quantity of lemon or lime zest. Penezy’s Arizona Dreaming made a very tasty dip.