Clean Choice Awards 2016: Oils & Vinegars

Cook with these oils and vinegars without worrying about added sugar and preservatives sneaking into your diet.
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Cook with these oils and vinegars without worrying about added sugar and preservatives sneaking into your diet.
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GARLIC INFUSION

Ellyndale Organics Coconut Infusions Garlic
Give your dishes a garlicky tang without chopping a single clove with this infused virgin coconut oil. Use it for cooking or try drizzling it over popcorn!

$11, ellyndalefoods.com

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TWO FOR ONE

Carrington Farms Sriracha Coconut Cooking Oil
Why open two bottles when you can get it all in one? Liquid coconut oil is a perfect fit for cooking with just a touch of natural spicy chile flavor to impart a slight kick into your dishes.

$12, carringtonfarms.com

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BRAZIL'S FINEST

Vita Coco Coconut Oil
This company, known for its Brazilian coconut water, recently added this raw, extra-virgin cold-pressed coconut oil to its product line – a classic, versatile oil to stock in your pantry. We love this not only for cooking but also as a moisturizer!

$10, vitacoco.com for where to buy

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TRADITIONAL VINEGAR

Bionaturae Organic Balsamic Vinegar
A classic vinegar to keep handy in your cupboard, this family recipe from Modena uses an age-old process to yield this gorgeous vinegar for salads, sauces and even drizzling over fruit.

$6, bionaturae.com

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AN UNEXPECTED TWIST

Honey Ridge Farms Balsamic Honey Vinegar
It might seem unusual for a balsamic to be produced by a honey farm, but this vinegar is made entirely from honey. The result? A smooth, subtly sweet vinegar with a delicate bite that you can use in place of regular balsamic. Plus, it’s sulfite-free!

$13, honeyridgefarms.com

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GHEE WHIZ

Kelapo Coconut Oil and Ghee 50/50 Blend
In a stroke of genius, Kelapo has blended two of our all-time favorite fats – coconut oil and ghee (aka clarified butter). The flavor is heavenly and it’s heat stable for cooking, or simply for schmearing on your morning toast.

$1, kelapo.com

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FRESH PRESSED

O-Live & Co Gold Medal Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Olisur
Made from olives that are grown in Chile and pressed within 2 hours of harvest, this fragrant, silky extra-virgin oil has an ultra-low acidity level to put it among some of the best we’ve dipped into.

$8 to $10, o-liveandco.com

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CRETE'S BEST

Gaea Fresh Kritsa Extra Virgin Olive Oil
A roundup of the world’s best EVOO’s wouldn’t be complete without a classic variety from Greece. This award winner hails from the island of Crete from one of the oldest olive groves in Greece dating back to 2500 BC. With full-bodied flavor, this EVOO is a must-try.

$19, gaeaus.com

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SPANISH IMPORT

Castillo de Canena Biodynamic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
A sign of a high-quality olive oil is a peppery kick and a tickle in the back of your throat – and this award-winning olive oil from Spain delivers. The olives are produced using biodynamic agriculture, a sustainable farming practice.

$40, igourmet.com

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WEST COAST COOL

California Olive Ranch Rich and Robust Olive Oil
We love this range of EVOO pressed from olives from California ranches – they classify their oils based on flavors and use, making it easy to pick the perfect oil for your needs. This variety is true to its name with zesty notes for bold flavor.

$10, californiaoliveranch.com