I recently received a bottle of Emile Noël’s artisan sesame oil. Just how much better could a cold-pressed, organic virgin oil be?
First, I did a taste test and compared the artisan oil with the brand I normally buy. There was no food in the way, I just stuck my finger into both oils and tasted them raw. The best word I can use to describe the Emile Noël oil is clean. It tasted crisp and clean. My regular sesame oil tasted muddy and a little bit rancid by comparison.
Next, I decided to use the sesame oil in noodle dish, a salad dressing, summer rolls and a couple of soups. Here are the recipes I tried:
|Soba Noodles with Edamame and Bok Choy|
|Summer Rolls with Ponzu-Glazed Tofu|
|Quick Chinese Chicken and Rice Soup|
I can’t say I noticed that the fancier oil made a huge difference in taste in any of the dishes when combined with all of the other flavors. However, Emile Noël’s organic production techniques mean that they use seeds farmed without chemical fertilizers, synthetic pesticides or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). They use old-fashioned presses that extract the oil from the seeds slowly so they don’t get too hot. This helps the resulting oil retain more of the nutrients found in the seeds themselves. And long before anyone had heard the term “fair trade,” Emile Noël had developed a relationship with sesame growers in Africa to foster literacy, housing, independence and environmental balance.
If you want healthier, fair trade oils produced with organic methods and without GMOs, check out Emile Noël’s products. They feature olive oils and nut oils in addition to seed oils.
Disclaimer: I received a free bottle of Sesame Oil and an apron from Emile Noël. All opinions are my own.