A little olive oil can go a long way. Try pouring it over your favorite sautéed meat, substitute it for butter when making pastries, or drizzle a little on top of your salad to keep vegetables crisp and fresh. In this section, you'll find all these tips, as well as learn how to incorporate Olive Oil from Spain in your everyday cooking. Cooking with olive oil is a great way to enjoy the foods you love even more.
Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Think of extra virgin and virgin olive oil as seasonings or ingredients.
Choose the right grade and quantity for your cooking needs.
Extra virgin and virgin olive oil have intense flavors and aromas and are best used as finishing oils.
Olive oil, sometime called pure olive oil, is much milder and better suited for cooking.
Breakfast with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
There is nothing better than starting the morning eating a healthy and natural breakfast: bread with a little of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
To appreciate the exquisite taste and aroma of extra virgin olive oil, use it uncooked to add flavor, intensity and depth to food. When added to herbs and spices the olive oil enables the mixture to blend perfectly together. Try these simple tips:
Use as a marinade
Add extra virgin olive oil to spicy food
Use as a dipping oil, for crusted bread, alone or blended with herbs and spices
Brush over grilled vegetables, meat, poultry, or seafood right before serving
Pour over foods already cooked in olive oil to intensify the taste
Olive oil is great for frying.
Unlike other oils, it’s able to withstand high temperatures without breaking down and forming a toxic compound.
When fried at the proper temperature, the oil forms a protective crust that helps maintain moisture inside the food.
Frying with olive oil is much healthier and tasty, too.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Virgin Olive Oil
When olive oil is added to herbs and spices it allows the mixture to blend perfectly together and infuse itself in the food. By using an extra virgin olive oil or virgin olive oil you intensify the flavors of marinades, sauces and dressings. All olive oils offer their own unique tastes, aromas and nuances. Choose the one that works best with your dish.
Sauces, marinades, vinaigrettes, boiled or steamed dishes, stews
For Great-Tasting Oil
Store at room temperature and out of direct sunlight
Close bottle securely to avoid exposure to air
Use olive oil within a year of production
Olive oil should not be mixed with other oils
Reuse olive oil no more than five times when frying