21 Feb2006

cruets

For as long as I can remember, we had oil and vinegar cruets in my parents homes. As a kid, these ranged from cheap glass to 1940’s pressed glass to heavy lead crystal for special occasions. They usually had glass stoppers on top that you could use to regulate the flow of oil or vinegar or soy sauce if you also had that at the table. The glass stoppers inevitably broke well before the bottle did so there were endless sets of cruets with no tops. Once I set up my own home, I was always on the lookout for cruets and in the 1990’s New York scene, these were not an easy item to find. Seems they had gone out of style… but I still used tons of oil and vinegar at the table… on salads, added to my soups or lentils/beans, etc. Nevertheless, the hunt for the perfect set of cruets was an eternal one. That is, of course until the Italian restaurant habit of dipping your bread pieces into olive oil and balsamic vinegar became all the rage.

Suddenly, oil and vinegar were back in vogue. And lots of new cruets started appearing. These “two-in-one” bottles became more available and I have since acquired several of them. Essentially, the vinegar stays in the smaller compartment that is suspended in the middle of the larger bottle. It has its own pouring spout. The oil is contained in the larger part of the bottle and likewise has its own pouring spout. The rough volume is about 1 part vinegar to 3 or 4 parts oil…just right for a salad dressing. The cruet in front was a Christmas gift from a cousin of my wife that lives in Italy. It has a fancy compartment with a grape design that holds the vinegar…amazing how they get those glass grapes into the bottle… I put some nice red wine vinegar into that bottle. The more modern and sleek bottle in the back holds some good balsamic vinegar. Instead of glass stoppers, they use corks so while more practical, you still have to be careful as the bottles themselves are still rather delicate and breakable. But I like them…so practical, useful and “eye candy” all at the same time.

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Hchie says:

    That’s a really lovely cruet, MM.

    Feb 21, 2006 | 8:11 am

     
  2. joey says:

    That’s a nice cruet! My favorites are the ones that look like an upside down cone and have a little spout on the stopper (all glass though so yeah, must be careful) — ok, that’s a bad description. Anyway, the flow is perfect :)

    Feb 21, 2006 | 8:46 am

     
  3. MJM says:

    I just saw one being offered with a purchase of a certain brand of olive oil (I forget which one!). That’s it — I’m going out to buy it. I hope they still have stock of it!

    MJM

    Feb 21, 2006 | 10:40 am

     
  4. Ana says:

    Wow, ang ganda naman! This is my first time to see this cruets.

    Feb 22, 2006 | 10:56 am

     
  5. louie says:

    wow those are beautiful. where can we buy those cruets in good old manila?

    Feb 22, 2006 | 2:17 pm

     
  6. ces says:

    i love these bottles..so chic yet inexpensive..found some in a 99 cent store here!

    Feb 23, 2006 | 1:37 am

     
  7. lori says:

    I’m jealous, MM. Where in Manila can I get cruets like those? They’re ravishing.

    Feb 23, 2006 | 7:24 pm

     
  8. Marketman says:

    lori et al, the grape cruet was given to us by cousins in Italy, the plain one I brought in from the States… they have very inexpensive ones in the States if you have relatives or friends visiting soon! I haven’t seen them in Manila yet…

    Feb 24, 2006 | 8:11 pm

     
  9. Chas says:

    You can find a similar grape cruet at Sur La Table, either online or in stores. They go for about $10.00 USD.

    Mar 3, 2006 | 2:39 am

     
 

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