Olive oil helps enhance the flavors of foods and can be used in many innovative ways in cooking. Oil enhances both savory and sweet dishes while providing health-boosting properties. Olive oil can be used as a rub for salmon or as an ingredient in home made ice cream.
Virgin olive oil is best used uncooked or cooked at low to medium temperatures. Olive oil has a higher smoke point than most oil and doesn’t smoke till around 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Even though virgin olive oil stands up to heat, it really adds so much to uncooked dishes. Many chefs use olive oil to harmonize the spices in a dish, to enhance and carry the flavors, while also adding body and depth to the dish.
Olive oil has the ability to balance the acidity in high-acid foods, such as tomatoes, why you see it used in so many pasta sauces, or vinegar, wine, and lemon juice. Good rule of thumb is to choose and use olive like you would a fine wine, carefully paring the tastes with the flavors of all the other ingredients in the dish.
Olive oil can be used in cooking in many traditional ways, but also in many innovative ways that add new zest to the dishes you are creating.
The beauty of olive oil is it may be used in almost any recipe with stunning results. Keep olive oil nearby so it’s simple to use quickly in dishes you prepare most any day.
Most people wouldn’t think of using olive oil for baking, but it’s an excellent choice because it adds good fats to your diet and is lighter than butter. Chose a light or mild olive oil and see what it can do for breads, cakes, cookies, ice-cream and other desserts. Because olive oil is lighter check your cookbook for substitution amounts when using olive oil in a recipe.
At Tastealotta we have a wide variety of olive oils to choose from, to encourage your creativity in your kitchen and promote good health. Be sure to come into our store in Lemoyne, PA or visit our online store to view our wonderful selection of olive oils.