What You Should Know About Olive Oil

We use it in cooking and creating fabulous dishes.  At the store, you may have noticed a ton of different options for olive oil.  How do you decipher which one is the right one for you?  Check out the following facts and tips that you should know about olive oil.

What is it?

Olive oil is the pure juice of pressed green olives.  It is great for cooking, but it does contain 120 calories per tablespoon.  It takes roughly 11 pounds of olives just to make one quart of olive oil.

Extra Virgin Olive OilOlives

This is the finest and most premium version of olive oil because it contains minimal acidity.  The olives are pressed and no heat or chemicals are used to extract the oil from the olives, and the acidity content is no more than 0.8 percent.

Virgin Olive Oil

This is the second highest quality of olive oil.  It has a higher acidity level than extra virgin olive oil.

Olive Oil

This is a mixture of virgin olive oil and refined oil, it is also filtered and treated to reduce its acidity levels.  This option is much cheaper than extra virgin olive oil.

Light and Extra Light Olive Oil

Don’t be fooled by the name, light olive oil is not lighter in calories.  Light just refers to its lighter color.

Most cooks use a mixture of all the different kinds of olive oils.  Regular olive oil is fine for cooking, whereas extra virgin is better for cold preparation or a salad dressing where the flavor can truly be highlighted.


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