Just to clear things from the beginning, the best cooking oil is olive oil. Even better if the olive oil is extra virgin, which is the healthiest oil of all. Cooking with olive oil isn’t simply a matter of healthy eating, it’s also a matter of deliciousness.
In our country, Greece, the annual consumption of olive oil per person is 16kg, when in Europe and USA the average annual consumption is 0,7 to 1kg per person. Greece is a Mediterranean country producing excellent olive oil. We cannot imagine cooking without olive oil. Actually, we believe that olive oil is the only fat we need to have in our kitchen, we use it literally everywhere. One of the main reasons is the mediterranean diet which calls for olive oil since it’s the perfect match for salads, grilled vegetables and legumes.
Cooking with olive oil is healthy.
Olive oil is low in saturated fat and rich in antioxidants. And unlike other oils like vegetable or canola, olive oil has a unique flavor that can enhance a recipe. We recommend choosing extra-virgin over regular or light olive oils because it is the highest quality olive oil, with more antioxidants and natural olive flavor.
You can use olive oil for frying, sautéing and baking. There are many myths around the smoke point of olive oil and its tolerance to high temperatures. The truth is that olive oil is ideal for frying. Researches have shown that not only is extra virgin olive oil safe when cooked to extremely high temperatures, it is more chemically stable at those heats than other common cooking oils. So, it’s healthier to fry with extra virgin olive oil, not to mention that the taste of the fried food doesn’t alter at all.
Extra virgin olive oil has three key qualities that make it an excellent cooking oil: it contains predominantly stable monounsaturated fatty acids, it has a low level of free fatty acids and it has a high level of protective antioxidants.
Cooking with olive oil gives deliciousness to your meals
Moreover, food pairing can do miracles when you cook. A high quality extra virgin olive oil can elevate the taste of your meals. There are many different profiles of extra virgin olive oil, from elegant, robust, peppery, bitter, fruity etc. Choose an olive oil that fits best with what you cook most. My Precious Olive Tree extra virgin olive oil pairs perfectly with green vegetables, salads and white fish. You can also use it with a fiorentina steak and a full body red wine.
Extra virgin olive oil is healthy and delicious
For all this mentioned above, we strongly suggest to cook, bake, fry and finish with olive oil!
It’s never late to start using olive oil instead of butter for example. The ratio by volume is 3:4. If the recipe calls for 1 cup of butter, you will replace it with 3/4 cups of olive oil.
Extra virgin olive oil is a protective, beneficial food in a healthy diet. It is extremely versatile and can be used cold in dressings and for drizzling, as well as in all cooking applications. In this regard it is not only safe but also beneficial to our health, not to mention delivering exceptional flavour! So do as the Mediterranean countries have traditionally done for hundreds of years and enjoy cooking with extra virgin olive oil.
Our experience with our clients abroad has shown that people are willing to adopt healthier eating habits, but don’t know how. Our guideline is as simple as that: Use your extra virgin olive oil in all the cooking processes. You will be impressed to discover how simple it is and at the same time you will take advantage of the numerous health benefits this miracle ingredient has to offer.