The best type of olive oil is extra virgin, as it is the least processed or refined oil and it is considered to be the healthiest type of oil.
Infused olive oils refer to flavor added (infused) to olive oil after it has been made. You can infuse olive oil with herbs and fresh, premium produce.
How long you can keep infused olive oil often depends on the type of ingredients added. Most of the time they are good for up to 6 months. They should be refrigerated once opened.
You can tell if infused olive oil is going bad if it loses its flavor and smell, and if it becomes and remains cloudy even at room temperature.
Extra virgin olive oil is made from pure, cold-pressed olives. Regular olive oil is a blend of cold-pressed and processed oils.
Balsamic vinegar is barrel-aged vinegar. It is aged up to 18 years in different types of wooden barrels, imparting complex aromas and intense flavors such as tangy and sweet-sour.
Balsamic vinegar can be used to finish braises, stews, and grilled meats, giving them an acidic sweetness that adds great flavor to these dishes.