The popularity of olive oil has grown significantly over the last several decades. So much so that an entire industry of fraud has cropped up around this well-known, and highly beneficial cooking oil. Because of the prominence it’s started to play we figured it would be worth touching briefly on some of the most frequently asked question about this delicious oil.
The answer to this question can depend a lot on what you mean by the best. Of course, by our definition, the best oil you can find is one that is produced using only the purest of methods for extraction and maintains all of the beneficial health properties that olive oil is so well-known for. In this case, you want to find an oil that’s been extracted using no chemical treatment, and ideally produced using the first cold press of the olive. The first cold press ensures that the oil maintains all of the flavor profile and it’s nutritional properties. For more about the best tasting olive oils check out our blog The Best Tasting Olive Oil .
If you’ve got an ancient bottle of olive oil in your cupboard and are wondering if it’s time to toss it, we’re here to help. Research suggests that olive oil is good for 20-24 months after it’s crush date. Of course this is for oils that are still sealed inside their bottle so once it’s been opened you’ll want to make sure you use it up in a few months.
Proper storage for perishable items is a key component to making sure they last as long as they should. High quality olive oils is no exception. To ensure you’re taking the best care of your oil you’ll want to store it in a dark bottle, don’t expose it to too much air, and keep it away from heat. So if you’ve got a bottle that sits right on the counter in direct sunlight you might want to consider a new placement for your oil.
The first indication would be to smell your oil. A good oil should smell fresh and green while a rancid oil might smell waxy like crayons. Another sure way to find out is to taste your oil. If it’s still good it will taste like fresh green grass or ripe green olives. An oil that’s gone bad will taste like grease or nuts that have gone bad.
The news that olive oil is good for your health has been making the rounds for a while now. How exactly does it help though? We explore 5 Proven Health Benefits of Olive Oil, but in short olive oil has been shown to have a positive impact on weight loss, cardiovascular health, cancer rates, diabetes, and more. You can find out more about the science of olive oil here.
The possibilities are endless! From cooking to baking to mixed drinks, you can truly use olive oil in a plethora of ways that will keep your adventures in the kitchen exciting. For inspiration you can explore our recipe section online.
At D’Olivo we’re passionate about sharing our knowledge about both olive oils, vinegars, and everything kitchen related. We’d love to have you visit us in store where we can walk you through a tasting of our wide selection of ultra premium oils and balsamic vinegars. Plus invite you to shop all of our kitchen essentials from Wusthof knives to Le Creuset cooking and bakeware.