Mom buys Cuisine Perel
Alert readers may have noted that I have referred in my posts to Consorzio cilantro-infused olive oil. I don’t know about you, but I have never found a satisfactory substitute for fresh cilantro; dried cilantro doesn’t taste anything like the fresh herb, and I have tried “freeze-dried” cilantro with the same lackluster results. I’ve even tried reconstituting dried or freeze-dried by adding liquid to it and soaking or microwaving it but it still doesn’t taste anything like it’s supposed to taste.
You’re probably asking yourselves why I don’t just buy a bunch of the fresh and be done with it, but this herb is perishable; far more perishable than any other herb I’ve ever used, even basil, with its tendency to turn brown at the drop of a hat. So unless I know I’m using it that day or the next, I usually don’t buy it and don’t have it on hand.
What I always did have on hand was the Consorzio cilantro oil, which tasted amazingly and wonderfully of fresh cilantro, and was terrific used in almost any dish that called for the herb. Then, to my horror, Consorzio stopped producing this variety of their oil, along with the equally wonderful rosemary-infused olive oil, which I liked to use for basting pork roast or chops. I guess they weren’t selling as well as the basil or roast garlic-infused olive oils, although I personally sold lots of bottles, pressing them on total strangers whenever I was in McGinnis Sisters, my favorite specialty food emporium.
Anyway, imagine my delight last week when I was at Mcginnis Sisters and saw that Cuisine Perel has a new flavor of their infused grapeseed oil, citrus and cilantro flavored. I don’t usually buy grapeseed oil, although I know it’s supposed to be healthy and it has a high smoke point. I just don’t like the flavor. But I’m making an exception for this one because it really is delicious, and now I have that fresh cilantro flavor in my cupboard again.