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Olive oil or liquid gold as some call it

Here are some tips on what to look for when purchasing your favourite bottle.

Main Grades of Olive Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: is the oil from the first round of processing cycle and has an acidity level that is less than 0.8%. No chemicals are used to process the oil. Best to use extra virgin olive oil in dressings, soups, roasts, pestos – anything where you want to highlight the oil’s flavours.

Virgin Olive Oil: is the oil from the second round of processing. No chemicals are used to process of the oil.

Pure Olive Oil: best used for frying.

What to look for

The flavour diminishes with time, so be sure to use your olive oil. Look for a best before date and harvest date for authentication.

How to store olive oil

Olive oil should always be stores in a dark bottle. Olive oil deteriorates in light and heat.

Monday, November 12, 2012