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Olive Oil

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a heart-healthy fat made from crushed olives. The olives are picked when ripe, crushed into a paste, and then put into a centrifuge to separate the water and solids from the natural oils. Olive oil lends one of the richest flavors and subtle textures of any seasoning. Olive oils made in France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and Greece are all considered excellent in their own right, and each have a unique flavor profile. Higher quality oils are often ‘cold-pressed,’ which means that the oil was never heated above 80 degrees, which maintains the quality of the olive oils’ aroma and taste.

Seasonality

Year-Round

Selection & Storage

The quality of oil is commonly ranked - extra virgin, virgin, pure and light. Extra virgin has the strongest flavor and is perfect for drizzling, whereas you might choose a lighter flavor for frying.

Store olive oil in cool and dark places to prevent it from going rancid or decaying.

Olive oil typically lasts two years from the date it was bottled if properly stored.

Clever Uses

In ancient times olive oil was used as a moisturizer to protect and improve skin.

Olive oil soap is hypoallergenic and cleans your skin without removing the natural oils. This is great for people with naturally dry skin.

All out of makeup remover? Apply some olive oil to a cotton ball, and rub it onto the affected area for at least 30 seconds.

Food Science

Oil and water don't mix because water molecules are charged, while oil molecules are nonpolar. When you’re making salad dressing, add an emulsifier like mustard to help the mixture stay together.

Cooking Tips

Extra-virgin olive oil works best for drizzling on salads, veggies, and breads.

Since olive oil has a low smoke-point temperature, it is not ideal for high heat cooking like deep-frying.

To fully enjoy and taste the unique flavor of olive oil, try dipping a simple piece of bread into a mixture of oil and crushed garlic.

Health Benefits

Monounsaturated oils, such as olive oil, are better for your health than saturated animal fats like butter or lard.

Having a bout of indigestion? Try drinking a teaspoon of olive oil, the phytonutrient found in the oil can mimic the effects of painkillers on the stomach.

Olive oil contains loads of vitamins and antioxidants, including vitamins A and E which are great for the skin.

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