Healthy Cooking Tips: Olive Oil

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Make sure to check out all of our Healthy Cooking Tips including Homemade Salad Dressings and Kitchen Seasonings. You will learn how to make your own Homemade Taco Seasoning and also a delicious Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipe!

 

 Healthy cooking is easy. In many cases, your favorite recipes can be modified so they offer a healthier alternative. Get all the flavor with less fat and calories! Do you ever wonder which oils to cook with? So many to choose from-Canola Oil, Peanut Oil, Vegetable Oil, Safflower Oil, Sesame Oil, Olive Oil and many many more! I really enjoy using Olive Oil and consider it the “healthier oil” to use while cooking. There are some things to keep in mind when using and storing Olive Oil and I would like to share them with you!

Healthy Cooking Tips Olive Oil

Healthy Cooking Tips Olive Oil

A Little More about Olive Oil

A high-quality extra virgin olive oil is a must-have staple in many kitchens, partly because its delicious flavor and versatile nature allow it to be used in countless ways. For starters, extra virgin olive oil is perfect in homemade salad dressings, on roasted vegetables and as a key ingredient in a wide range of recipes.

In addition to tasting great, olive oil is also good for you. Naturally low in saturated fat, it is a healthy alternative to butter, margarine and many other oils. Versatility, great taste and a healthy profile make it easy to see why many cooks and chefs always have a bottle close at hand.

What many people do not realize about olive oil, however, is that it is actually a perishable fruit juice with some finicky preferences. This mean proper care and precautions must be taken in order to keep your olive tasting and smelling the way it should.

The Four Natural Enemies of Olive Oil

1. Time. Because it is a perishable fruit juice, olive does not have an unlimited shelf life. Try to choose bottles with a clearly marked “harvest date” and make sure that date occurred within the last 18 months to 2 years. It is also recommended that you only buy as much olive oil as you can use within 15 – 30 days of opening.

2. Temperature. Heat will cause olive oil to degrade quickly. Therefore, do not store your olive oil near your oven or cooktop because the higher ambient heat in those areas will cause it to break down faster.

3. Oxygen. Like a fine wine, exposure to oxygen for any length of time will cause your olive oil to turn rancid. To prevent this, store your olive oil in an airtight container with the lid securely fasten whenever it is not in use.

4. Light. Exposure to light will also cause olive oil to degrade more quickly. Avoid storing your olive in clear bottles or out on your counter tops. Dark green bottles are the best for blocking out sunlight, but other dark bottles will also work. Storing bottles inside a cabinet when not in use can also prolong the life of your olive oil. A cool, dark place is your best bet to prolong the life of your oil.

Avoiding the four natural enemies of olive oil will keep it fresh and full of flavor for a longer period of time. With a little bit of effort, you can preserve the delicious natural flavors of your quality olive oils.

Now Try It!

Make sure you try my delicious Oven Roasted Asparagus

easy oven roasted Asparagus Recipe

Healthy Cooking Tips: Olive Oil was last modified: January 28th, 2015 by Bianca
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Hi! I'm Bianca. All that I do and everything that I am blessed with is because of my awesome God! It is very possible to be frugal and live abundantly without being cheap. Our family is on a journey to become debt FREE and I am here to pass on what I learn.
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Comments

  1. I cook with Olive only. Once in a while I will use coconut oil, but unfiltered Spanish oil is what I mostly. I didn't know that olive oil had an expiration date so I thank you for the information
  2. Hi Bianca; Thanks for sharing these tips about using olive oil. I have never really thought about it. I would just buy the first bottle i found on the shelf or that whoever was guiding me picked out. I am blind. I usually stored it in a cabinet so at least I got that right. By the way what is your opinion on the recent resurgence of people using palm or coconut oil. Looking forward to your thoughts. Thanks again, Max
  3. I love cooking with olive oil. Your recipe for asparagus looks yummy and I will try it.
  4. It's dinner time as I write this and your report on olive oil has definitely whet my appetite. We only ever use olive oil so knowing better how to keep it is welcome. Thanks.
  5. Paul Graham says:
    Hi Bianca. Fully agree about the need for olive oil to be fresh. Asparagus recipe looks great
  6. This is the first time I've read your post but it won't be the last. I use olive oil all the time and knew not to expose it to heat, air and light, but the expiry is something I was not aware of. I don't think it's been an issue so far but from now on I will sure check to check the expiry date. And I will try your oven roasted asparagus - looks delicious. Lenie
  7. Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie) says:
    Great post and I always use olive oil! But thanks for reminding folks that it does go bad!! I've had the unfortunate experience of dining at a friend's house and she'd cooked with bad olive oil! She had no idea that it could an does deteriorate!
  8. Hi Bianca, I was not aware of the tips for storing olive oil. Thanks for sharing these. It is very important to consume fresh oil.
  9. I only cook with olive oil when I am making Italian dishes but I think I may start using it for more after reading this. Thanks for the great info.
  10. Such a timely post! I'm trying to cook with more olive oil, as opposed to canola, and I had some of these questions. Thanks!
  11. Gorgeous photos and great website. I am going to follow you for more awesome tips!
  12. As a huge fan of cooking with olive oil I love this post. I use olive oil because of its health benefits compared to other oils and for the wonderful flavor. :-)

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