Olive Oil Basics

For all my Nor Cal readers, I wanted to spread the word that my old work place, LolaBee’s Harvest has been expanding into the East Bay. That being said, all you local food lovers, keep your eyes open, they may be delivering to your area soon!!

 And in the spirit of LolaBee’s, I wanted to share a little something I wrote for them back in August 2012.

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Olive oil …

is one ingredient that is a “must-have” in everyone’s kitchen – not only is it delicious but it’s also nutritious.

Photo credit: Lolabees.com

Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats, commonly thought of as “good” fats. These good fats can lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol. In addition, virgin and extra virgin olive oils are full of polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that are great for your heart, skin, and immune system. Olive oil is also packed with other great antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta-carotene.

Olive oil can be used in cooking, as a salad dressing, for dipping bread, for pasta, for fish or chicken, and for drizzling over soup, eggs, tomatoes, or cooked and raw veggies. Olive oil can really be used in and on just about anything! That’s why we love this essential ingredient.

With the varieties available, choosing an olive oil can be as daunting and expensive as choosing a bottle of wine. Keeping some basics in mind can help:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: comes from the first pressing of the olives by the use of physical methods with no added chemicals. This oil has 1% or less acidity and is considered the most flavorful oil. Extra virgin olive oil also contains the strongest concentrations of phytonutrients that are well known for their anti-inflammatory properties.

Virgin Olive Oil: like extra virgin olive oil comes from the first pressing but has up to 3% acidity and a milder flavor because of the use of riper olives.

Cold Pressed: means no hot water has been used in the pressing process. Extra virgin oils are cold pressed.

Light: refers to the color and flavor of the olive oil, it does not refer to the calories. Light olive oil goes through an extensive refining process that uses heat and chemicals.

Extra virgin olive oil is the most commonly used version for cooking. With more flavor and health benefits, what’s not to love! 

Storage Tip: keep your olive oil in the dark (like the pantry), since heat and light can damage the oil and cut its healthy properties. Do not store in the fridge, as condensation can cause it to spoil.

… read the rest of the article at http://lolabees.com/online-market-olive-oil

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