Monday, March 17th, 2014 3:26pm
Oil and vinegar cruets come in many different shapes, sizes and designs. The range in which it is made can vary from the different types of materials used such as glass, ceramic, stainless steel or cut crystal. Cruets typically serve as a decanter for culinary functions holding liquid condiments or a household piece that creates awe and conversation during a friends and family get-together. The most common known cruet started off traditionally as an olive oil cruet. It was easily created by glass or ceramic since the shape was just the size of an elongated jar with a spout. Although it is typically used for any type of liquid condiment, the most common use is for either olive oil or balsamic vinegar.
Olive oil is used for many things that range from personal products we use, medical ingredients, and food we prepare. The European countries have the highest consumption rate of olive oil as it was traditionally used for all types of food including salads. Balsamic vinegar is a condiment that is used to compliment meals and salads in combination with olive oil. It was originally used in Italy but the world has adopted balsamic vinegar as a tradition with all sorts of meals as well. An oil and vinegar cruet can serve to be ornamental or functional depending on the owners’ personal preference and what it is most often sought out for.
Cruets became popular all throughout Europe when people got a hold on the taste of elegance at the dining table. It has also become a tradition to always include oil and vinegar in meals as well. This tradition quickly spread like wildfire and disbursed throughout the world’s restaurants and home tables.
When storing olive oil in a cruet one must take into consideration that any type of vinegar contains a high level of acidity and oil is gentle when it comes to flavor.The reason for glass use is because of its special function in which it can hold any type of liquid but does not hold on to the previous condiments’ flavor or scent due to its material. It is also much easier to wash and clean when compared to ceramic, steel, and other types of materials.
The grape cruet is one of the most popular and sought out oil and vinegar cruets. This cruet is made by SIMAX glass which is ranked as one of the most durable types of glass due to its nature in withstanding extreme temperatures and its pure high quality when it comes to break resistance. The grape cruet is visually and beautifully pleasing to the eye and will always be a conversation piece around the house or restaurant. The grape cruet is unique in its crafting as it is glass blown within glass creating a design of a bunch of incased grapes. This cruet is designed so the need for two cruets is not required hence one for olive oil and one for vinegar. There are two compartments within this single cruet. The cluster of grapes would be filled in with a darker color condiment, typically the balsamic vinegar and the outer casing around it is filled with olive oil. With the glass cruet, there is a separate spout on either side for easy fill and pour for the oil and vinegar. This is extremely helpful and beneficial to those who have meals that do involve foods that require both oil and vinegar such as consistent salad consumers.Having the grape cruet is like having a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar but in a way that is fashionable and eye-popping. Presenting condiments such as olive oil and balsamic vinegar in this way is just an elegant and well-designed art form on the table. Using a handblown cruet such as this can save time, money, and also help decrease excess condiments to prevent wastage.
The grape cruet is one of the many types of oil and vinegar cruets that can be used as a decorative piece at home or be given as a gift for weddings, house-warming parties, to the newly engaged, and birthday gifts. In terms of the best season, it is best to give this as a gift during the start of spring or when the season changes to fall. People use it for serving as well as for storing since it can both contain oil and vinegar at one time keeping them separated and preventing an unwanted mixture. For those that want to use it as a gift, the best choice is to bundle the cruet with quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar. This would make it one of the best house-warming gifts.