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How To: Using Olive Oil


Olive oil has been used for thousands of years. From medicinal uses to cooking and beauty, it's run the gambit. North America is relatively new to the olive oil quality craze and a lot of us have been misinformed for years on olive oil standards and uses. Fresh is best when it comes to using olive oil, no matter the situation. Treat it like fruit juice, it's at its best just after crushing (unlike balsamic which gets better with age.) It's great for many cooking techniques, health benefits internally and externally as well as household use.

Olive Oil in Cooking

Keep in mind that olive oil, whether plain or flavored, is like a condiment or seasoning. A recipe is not needed, just an idea. You can't go wrong with a splash of it here and a drizzle there...

  • DRIZZLE:
    over salad or mix it into salad dressing
    over cooked pasta or veggies.
    over grilled or roasted meats and fish
    over hummus for extra flavor
    over ICE CREAM and YOGURT to add amazing flavor (no , you won't know there is oil on it!)
  • MARINADE:
    for meat, fish, poultry, and vegetables. Oil penetrates nicely into the first few layers of the food being marinated.
    combine with balsamic for a topnotch marinade
  • FINISHING:
    add at the end of cooking/sauteing for a burst of flavor!
  • BAKING:
    replace your melted butter or vegetable oil in brownie and cake recipes.
    freeze the oil into the shape of a stick of butter, grate into your dry biscuit mix for airy biscuits with a twist.
  • SAUTE and ROAST:
    use this oil anywhere you use butter or vegetable oil in the beginning stages of cooking.
  • REPLACE BUTTER:
    as a healthy dip for bread. Pour a little olive oil into a small side dish and add a few splashes of balsamic vinegar.
    in mashed potatoes or on baked potatoes. For the ultimate mashed potatoes, whip together cooked potatoes, roasted garlic, and olive oil; season to taste.
    brush on your pizza crust for extra flavor                  
  • EASY APPETIZERS:
    toast baguette slices under the broiler, rub them lightly with a cut clove of garlic, and add a little drizzle of olive oil.
    use as the base olive oil for pesto and hummus!
    try bacon wrapped dates with a splash of balsamic, like fig.
  • SAUCES:
    add olive oil to your pan sauce for extra flavor. Whisking will help emulsify, or blend, the liquid ingredients with the oil in the sauce.

Olive Oil in Beauty Care

  • MOISTURIZER:
    rub fresh raw olive oil (preferably a robust oil for the most antioxidant power) into your skin.
    -face
    -extra dry areas like heels, elbows, knees, and hands
    -cuticles
  • LIP/ BODY SCRUB:
    combine coarse sugar and a few tablespoons of fresh olive oil (and lemon juice for extra health benefits) then scrub into your chapped lips or all over the body.
  • EYE MAKEUP REMOVER:
    this will not clog your pores, it's a different type of oil than your skin naturally creates and sticks to other oil based products to lift them from your skin. Just rub in and wipe off!
  • SHINE SERUM:
    rub a few drops of oil between your hands and rub onto fly-aways and the end of your layers to add natural and healthy shine to your 'do.

Olive Oil in the Household

(Use an olive oil that is getting older, keep the fresh stuff for the best stuff- food!)

  • FURNITURE POLISH
    have some aging oil laying around? Buff your wooden furniture back to its natural shine.
  • FREE A STUCK ZIPPER
    rub on a bit of oil with a Q-tip and give it a try.
  • RESTORE STAINLESS STEEL AND BRASS
    rub a bit of oil on a clean rag and wipe over your ware to prevent streaks and tarnish.
  • FIX A SQUEAKY DOOR
    apply to the problematic hinge and enjoy the silence.