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Olive Oil in your cooking

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

The benefits of Olive Oil

Olive oil is a must in any household with members who are suspected of being susceptible to cardio-vascular diseases or other heart related problems. Olive oil can be used to add fantastic flavor to food, and is widely used in Mediterranean cooking.

There are two different types of olive oil that you should use in different situations. The first, extra-virgin olive oil, is the most expensive and it should be used with foods that do not require cooking such as in fresh salads. This is because heat causes the olive oil to become burnt and gives foods an unappetizing taste.

For use in cooking or sautéing, you should use either pure or light olive oil. Light olive oil obtains its name from its light color and flavor, and not from any lack of calories or beneficial mono-unsaturated fats.

If you wish to make your meal resemble something from a restaurant, you could prepare a loaf of crusty bread with some olive oil-balsamic dipping sauce, or some other form of olive oil dip. Dipping sauces can be made by simply using plain olive oil or by flavoring olive oil with various herbs or cheeses. The following recipe is excellent if you wish to make a dip with some zest.

Olive Oil-Balsamic Dipping Sauce

3 Tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
1 Clove of minced Garlic
½ Teaspoon of Italian seasoning, dried
½ Teaspoon of Salt
½ Teaspoon of Pepper, freshly ground
¼ Cup of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
1 Loaf of Multi-grain bread, unsliced (16 Ounces)

Place the cheese, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix them together. Then drizzle the mixture with oil and vinegar and continue to mix.

Bake bread for 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until hot on the lower rack of your oven. Slice the bread into 1 inch pieces and dip in dipping sauce.

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Olive Oil Flavor

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

The rich flavor of Olive Oil

For well over 6,000 years people worldwide have enjoyed the rich fragrance and flavor of olive oil. With dozens of brands of olive oil now found on the shelves of supermarkets, consumers are starting to take notice of the quality of the olive oil that they buy, almost as much as people buying fine wines do.

The flavor of olive oil is preserved when kept in a glass handblown cruet, also known as an olive oil cruet. They can be found online at Cruets.com.

Olive oil tasting has become an activity to rival wine tasting, and tasters use the same terminology with olive oil as they do with wine. Aromas may be mild, mellow or fruity; flavor can be nutty, zesty, peppery, sweet, rich, buttery or assertive; and appearance may be clear, cloudy, green or amber. Olive oil differs from wine in that it does not age well, and a bottle kept in a cool, dark area will remain good for only a year or two.

Listed below is a guide to the various grades of olive oil in descending order of quality:

Extra virgin: This grade of olive oil is the result of cold-pressing olives and not refining the resulting oil. Extra virgin olive oil has an acidity level below one percent, although acidity and taste will vary with the type of olive plant, soil, growing and harvesting methods, and pressing process. A more robust flavor can be achieved by using unfiltered extra virgin olive oil. When using extra virgin olive oil, you should use the less expensive varieties to sauté foods while saving the more expensive types for drizzling.

Virgin: Virgin olive oil has a slightly sharper taste than extra virgin olive oil. This is due to it having an acidity value of between one and three percent. It is rare to find this grade of oil being sold in the United States.

Pure: Pure olive oil typically has an acidity level greater than three percent. It is further processed with various chemicals and bleaching clay before being mixed with virgin olive oil to arrive at the final product.

Light: Light olive oil actually contains as many fats and calories as the other grades of olive oil. Its only difference is a lack of taste. 

 

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