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Tips and Tricks for Cooking with Olive Oil

With the end of October in site, that means the holiday months are nearly here. With this season of thankfulness and cheer is also accompanied by lots of time in the kitchen. Whether you’re hosting family for Thanksgiving or gearing up for all those holiday office parties, food is most likely on the brain.

We hope that like us, this idea of extra time in the kitchen for cooking and baking brings a sense of true joy. Our team at D’Olivo loves preparing delicious food for those we love to enjoy. As we look forward to lots of that in the weeks ahead we’re sharing our top tips and tricks for cooking with the always popular olive oil.

Remember Olive Oil Can Be Used with High Heat

One of the points that olive oil opponents often use in arguments for why you shouldn’t use olive oil as a fat alternative in cooking is that it cannot be used at high heats. However, if you’re using a high-quality extra virgin olive oil this simply isn’t true. In fact, high-quality olive oils have an extremely high smoke point making them safe for use, even in high heat situations.

So, if you’ve got a turkey you want to fry or another high-temperature recipe don’t be afraid to purchase a high-quality olive oil and use it as a healthy alternative for your holiday recipe.

Olive Oil Makes A Great Butter Substitute

While we love to cook and bake, we also recognize that this time of year can bring lots of anxiety as we look to stay healthy while still enjoying baked goods. This is where olive oil can play a role, as it makes a great substitute for butter and other fats in many recipes. As you get ready to make your next pie crust, cookies, or other delicious treat upgrade the ingredients and try a high-quality olive oil.

Not only will you save on calories, but the health benefits of olive oil will give it an extra boost. The ideal ratio for butter substitutions is below:

1 teaspoon = ¾ teaspoon
1 tablespoon = 2 ¼ teaspoons
2 tablespoons = 1 ½ tablespoons
½ cup = 3 tablespoons
1/3 cup = ¼ cup
½ cup = ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons
2/3 cup = ½ cup
¾ cup = ½ cup + 1 tablespoon
1 cup = ¾ cup

When substituting olive oil for canola, vegetable, or another oil simply use a 1:1 ratio.

*Pro tip – try our butter flavored olive oil to keep that rich, buttery flavor alive in the dish.

Don’t Be Afraid to Get Creative

Our team at D’Olivo always tries to encourage this point for every customer who steps through the door to taste through our selection. Olive oil, especially our flavored varieties, offer a world of opportunity for enhancing and changing up even your most standard of dishes. Especially if paired with our selection of delicious balsamic vinegars.

If you’ve got a turkey to cook, try basting it with our rosemary, garlic, or mushroom sage olive oils. Preparing to make a side salad? Whip up a dressing using your favorite balsamic vinegar paired with olive oil. If you want to make the prime rib pop for guests, marinate it ahead of time with our Tuscan herb olive oil and neapolitan herb dark balsamic vinegar.

Don’t Forget Cocktail Hour

While not the first thing you might think of when it comes to balsamic vinegars, they make a great, low calorie addition for many of the cocktails that you might be planning to enjoy this holiday season. Check out a few of our favorite recipes below.

Hot Toddy – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/hot-toddy/
Orange-Umeboshi Mimosa – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/orange-umeboshi-mimosa/
Lemongrass-Mint Mojito – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/lemongrass-mint-mojito/
Elderflower Champagne Cocktail – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/elderflower-champagne-cocktail/
Tropical Shrub (non-alcoholic) – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/tropical-shrub/

As you jump into the season, remember most importantly to enjoy the experience and if you need any help, visit our website for plenty of inspiration and suggestions – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipe/

Our Favorite Fall Recipes

The fall season is one of our favorites around here. There’s something magical about the cool, crisp mornings followed by warm afternoons that inspires us in the kitchen. We love watching the colors change on the trees knowing that the holiday season is just around the corner.

As we welcome in fall this year, we’re sharing our favorite fall recipes. We hope you’ll enjoy them too.

1. Bruschetta

Everyone loves a good appetizer. Whether you’re cooking for a small group of close friends or planning to entertain at a large gathering, bruschetta is going to be a hit. We love a traditional Italian style bruschetta that features ripe Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, parmesan cheese, garlic, and of course olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Check out our go-to recipe here.

https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/bruschetta/

2. Roasted Acorn Squash

Squash takes center stage in the fall from butternut to acorn to spaghetti there are tons of recipes out there featuring these tasty options. One of our personal favorite sides for any meal is roasted acorn squash. All you need is a little of your favorite olive oil to drizzle on top and you can have an easy and delicious meal ready in no time.

This dish is also a great one to experiment with different olive oils to find the one you like best. We recommend any of our ultra-premium olive oils as well as garlic and rosemary.

Find the recipe here – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/roasted-acorn-squash/

3. Corn Bisque with Crispy Fried Shallots

There’s nothing better in the fall months than a good soup or a hearty, warm chowder. There are dozens of options to choose from and any of them will be great in a pinch. One of our personal favorites features another fall classic – corn.

This corn bisque is delicious and the best news is, that it’s best when made in a pressure cooker. That means you can have a piping hot meal in a short amount of time. What’s not to love about that? Grab the full recipe here – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/corn-bisque-with-crispy-fried-shallots-evoo/

4. Bacon Cheddar Quiche

Breakfast is a meal that we can’t forget to mention, and one of the best ways to start a day in the fall is with quiche. Not only will it help ensure you start the day with a full stomach, but your house is going to smell delicious for the whole day. Bonus that leftover quiche (if you’re lucky enough to have some) is an easy dish to re-heat throughout the week while maintaining its flavor.

There are lots of ways to make an excellent quiche, but if you’re looking for a new recipe that will become a favorite then give this one a try – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/bacon-cheddar-spinach-quiche/

5. Cauliflower Stir Fry w/Peanuts

If you’re like us then in the summer we try to avoid cooking indoors to help fight the heat. That means when fall hits we’re ready to fire up the stove top and oven again and that means a good stir-fry is once again in season. One of our favorite parts of a stir fry is that it truly can be a last-minute throw together using whatever vegetables and meat that you happen to have on hand.

While any stir fry is a great option, we can’t help but rave about this vegetarian version featuring cauliflower, peanuts, UP extra virgin olive oil, chili sauce and more.

https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/cauliflower-stir-fry-w-peanuts/

6. Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake

We’re rounding out our fall list with a delicious dessert that’s the perfect combination of fall flavors. Cranberry (of course) and orange are two flavors that always pair well together, but they really highlight the fall and winter seasons for us.

Baking is the perfect weekend project so be sure to grab these ingredients and whip this up sometime soon. https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/cranberry-orange-olive-oil-bundt-cake/

Understanding Olives – A Beginner’s Guide

Whether you love them or hate them, the chances that you’ve encountered olives on a dish somewhere is highly likely. From charcuterie boards to nachos to martinis these, in our opinion, delectable treats can be found nearly everywhere.

While not everyone is a huge fan of them we’ve decided to give a brief beginners guide introduction to one of our favorite foods.

What is An Olive

An olive, surprisingly enough, is a small fruit that is grown on olive trees in the Mediterranean areas of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, North and South America, and South Africa. They belong to a group of fruit called drupes, or stone fruits, and are related to cherries, peaches, mangoes, almonds, and pistachios.

Green Olives vs. Black Olives

There are two kinds of olives that are most commonly seen, those being black and green olives. The difference between these two is really quite simple and is based entirely on when the olive is harvested. Green olives are harvested before becoming fully ripe while black olives are allowed to ripen before harvest.

The timing of the harvest will dictate a different taste for the olives which is why you may find in sampling them that you prefer one kind over the other.

What Do We Use Green Olives For?

Green olives are used primarily in the production and manufacturing of olive oil. In fact, over 90% of olives harvested are used to produce olive oil, while a mere 10% are used as table olives.

Green olives that are used in the production of olive oil are harvested prior to ripeness and are then made into a paste, called pomace. From this pomace the olive oil is then extracted.

Understanding the Different Types of Olive Oil

As you explore the world of olive oil, you’ll find that there are a variety of kinds ranging from extra virgin to light and several in-between. The difference in these oils is based both on production method as well as purity.

Extra-virgin olive oil, is the highest quality olive oil that you can purchase. In order to even be labeled extra virgin the oil must be created from the first cold-pressing of the olives. This method of extraction ensures that all of the health benefits of the olive fruit remain in the oil. Making extra-virgin olive oil one of the healthiest fats you can use in cooking.

Other olive oil varieties may be created using chemicals or heat to extract the oil, and in addition many are mixed with lower quality oils such as vegetable or corn.

At D’Olivo we sell only the highest-quality olive oils ensuring that our products meet over 33 quality parameters before being made available to consumers, earning our oils the designation of ultra-premium.

Health Benefits of Olive Oil

One of our favorite reasons to enjoy olive oil is that it is one of the healthiest fats on the market that you can use in your cooking or baking. High quality extra virgin olive oils have an extremely high smoke point as well, making them perfect for any dish that you might be interested in trying.

Olives are high in antioxidants which work by preventing the oxidation of cells. This helps with blood pressure and cholesterol, both of which are leading risk factors for heart disease. In addition, olives and olive oil in particular, are high in oleic acid. Oleic acid has been known to help reduce cholesterol and reduce inflammation.

How to Use Olives

While these fruits may be tiny, they pack a flavor punch that makes them great for cooking in all kinds of ways. In fact, since olives comprise both a liquid form with olive oil, and a solid form with table olives, there’s really no end in sight when it comes to ways you can utilize them in the kitchen. Below are just a few of our favorites.

Olive Tapenade

This tasty dip can be made ahead and kept for up to five days in the refrigerator. Simply take your favorite Delizia brand stuffed green olives – lemon, garlic, and green chili are all great choices. Pulse together with capers, garlic, dill, and olive in a food processor and serve with crackers, pita bread, or grilled baguette. For a complete recipe check here (https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/lemon-stuffed-olive-tapenade-with-up-frantoio-leccino/)

Baking

Olive oil can make a great substitute in any baking recipe. Simply replace the butter or other oil to give your favorite recipe a healthy upgrade. Replacement ratios for substitution are below.

Substitute olive oil for butter in a ratio of three parts olive oil to four parts butter:

1 teaspoon = ¾ teaspoon
1 tablespoon = 2 ¼ teaspoons
2 tablespoons = 1 ½ tablespoons
½ cup = 3 tablespoons
1/3 cup = ¼ cup
½ cup = ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons
2/3 cup = ½ cup
¾ cup = ½ cup + 1 tablespoon
1 cup = ¾ cup

As a substitute for other oils you can substitute in a 1:1 ratio.

With fall on the horizon consider giving this olive oil pie crust a try with your favorite holiday pie. https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipes/super-tender-olive-oil-pie-crust/

Marinade

Olive oil makes a great marinade for any vegetable or meat dish you might be cooking up. Simply find your favorite olive oil and place it into a bag with your choice of herbs and spices. Add the meat and/or veggies and let them sit for a few hours or even overnight. The flavors will absorb into the food leaving you with a mouth-watering meal.

Served as a Snack

Whole green olives, plain or stuffed, make a great snack on their own. While very popular when added as a garnish for martinis, they’re also increasing in popularity as a snack served alone. The stuffed varieties especially offer a number of flavors that make them a healthy go-to when you just need to take the edge off. Try lemon, garlic, green chili, or almond stuffed varieties.

Conclusion

Olives and the extra virgin olive oil produced from them are both delicious and healthy for you. Plus, they’re extremely versatile and make great additions to any meal you might be serving up.

Tips to Keep Your Olive Oil Fresh Until It’s Gone

No one likes spoiled food whether it’s rotten milk in the fridge or that hidden cooking oil in the back of the cupboard. For one, we all agree that we hate wasting food (though it does happen) and second, there are ways to prevent this from happening.

When it comes to extra virgin olive oil especially, we’ve got some handy tips on ways to make sure you keep your oil fresh and delicious until the last drop. Check them out below.

1. Know Your Harvest Date

Olive oil is a fresh product and is made from the pressing of the olive fruit. Just as with any fresh product you want to be sure that you know when your oil was harvested and bottled. When you purchase you oil in the store, one clear indicator on quality will be this information which should be located on the label.

We also recommend that if possible you purchase your olive oil from a specialty retailer who will know the harvest date of each oil and most likely bottles their oil when you make you purchase ensuring peak freshness when you head home.

2. Keep It Away from Sunlight

Sunlight is a killer for olive oil as exposure to both light and heat is one way to speed up the spoiling of the oil. When you purchase your olive oil and take it home, the most ideal place to store it is in a cupboard where it can stay cool and out of the sunlight.

If you use it regularly and want to store it on your counter, then be sure you choose a shady spot and keep it away from the stove. The temperature in the room will rise around the stove when you cook and this could be unintentional exposure to heat for your oil.

This is why high-quality oils will be bottled in dark glass bottles to help ensure light and heat are kept away from the oil.

3. Limit Exposure to Oxygen

Exposure to oxygen is another issue for olive oil and can cause it to go rancid before its expiration date. We recognize that exposure to oxygen isn’t 100% avoidable as the oil will be exposed once it’s opened. However, you can limit the exposure by opening only the oils that you plan to use at the time, and not opening all of your oils at once. In addition, use up your oil as quickly as you can by using it in a variety of ways and in a number of dishes. We recommend using your oil within 18-24 months after bottling and within 6 months of opening.

If you’re looking for creative and fun ways to use your oils then check out our recipe section which will give you tons of great ideas https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipe/

How to Know If Your Olive Oil Is Bad

Smell the oil – open the bottle, pour some out and smell the oil. A good olive oil should smell fresh and green like ripe olives. Rancid oil will smell a bit waxy like crayons or putty.

Taste the oil – this is the ultimate test. A good oil will taste “green” like fresh grass or ripe green olives. If it is at all greasy or tastes like nuts that have gone bad get rid of it.

While eating rancid oil won’t make you sick, the off flavor you’ll get is likely to ruin a recipe. If you find that your oil has gone bad we suggest tossing it out and making a trip to the store.

Best Grill Recipes for Summer

Grill season is here (yay!) and that unlocks a world of possibilities for your menus. Whether you’re hosting a Friday night party with friends or just looking for a fun mid-week meal, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled our list of the best grill recipes for summer below so break out the pen and paper and make your grocery list for the week.

Burgers

It’s not truly summertime, grill or BBQ season without eating a plethora of delicious burgers. While you can never go wrong with a standard cheese burger, don’t be afraid to get creative with the meats you choose and the topics you layer on.

Try a turkey burger if you’re looking to cut back on the red meat or if you like fun flavors consider trying a bison burger. We also encourage you to try sauces of all kinds. From this tasty chimichurri sauce to our favorite chili-lime aioli your taste-buds will say thank you.

Grilled Chicken

Another summertime grill staple is chicken, and we can’t recommend grilled chicken wings enough. You can pack them with a ton of flavor just by changing up the sauce. We recommend marinating the chicken ahead of time to make sure the flavors really soak in well. Try these tropical grilled wings with pineapple-mango salsa if you don’t believe us.

If you’re needing something lighter, or healthier, then you can always grill chicken and throw it on top of a loaded up salad like our tropical grilled chicken salad.

Vegetables

From kabobs to aluminum foil wrapped vegetables, grilling can be a great way to change up your vegetables for the summer months. Try preparing them several different ways until you find just the right mix for your family. Some of the best ways to prepare them can be marinating them for a few hours in any of our numerous olive oil and balsamic vinegar pairings, or try brushing them with olive oil while on the grill, or simply drizzle your mix on top after they’re all cooked.

Pizza

Is one of our favorite foods no matter what time of year it is, but being able to change it up during the summer by tossing them on the grill can be a real crowd pleaser. Bonus that you don’t heat up the inside of your house by cranking up the oven.

The beautiful part about homemade pizza is that you can top it with whatever you like. If you’re feeling adventurous head to the store and pick out what you love, but if you’re more of a recipe person then click here for a great one to try.

Don’t forget our Delizia stuffed olives go great on pizza!

Fish

While pan seared, fried, and baked fish can all be delicious, there’s really something unique about grilled fish. From salmon to halibut it all tastes delicious when pulled fresh from the grill. Get together your favorite spices, herbs, and D’Olivo olive oil and get ready to season your meal to perfection. While you can’t really go wrong in making fish just the way you like it we’ve got a couple of recipes that we love to use this time of year so check them out below.

Salmon and
Halibut

Lamb

While it’s not always the first go-to meat choice on the grill, lamb chops can make a fun and delicious meal for your next party. Grab your favorite olive oil, a pinch of fresh herbs from your garden, a little lemon juice and marinate the chops overnight to make sure they absorb the most flavor. Be sure to turn them over a few times to help the flavors really sink in to the meat well. Toss them on the grill for 3-4 minutes each side and you’ll be ready to eat in no-time flat.

While this list doesn’t cover every fantastic dish you can enjoy on the grill, it’s a pretty good start, and we hope you’ll be inspired for your cooking adventures this summer.

Top Reasons to Buy High Quality Olive Oil

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been in the grocery store, looking at the shelves jammed full of olive oil, wondering “what’s the big deal?” We get it – with the hectic pace of life today it can be really tempting to just grab the nearest bottle of olive oil from whatever store you’re in and take it home to cook dinner that night.

But wait, don’t fall into that trap. While buying olive oil from the store isn’t bad, there are a lot of benefits that come when you simply upgrade your oil. We broke down the top reasons to buy high quality olive oil so check them out below.

1. Increased Health Benefits

When you purchase a high-quality olive oil, you’re pretty much guaranteed that it will be extra virgin. Extra virgin olive oils are made from the first cold pressing of the olive fruit. This method of extraction doesn’t use any heat or chemicals to remove the oils which means that all of the nutritional health benefits of the oil remain intact and transfer to the oil itself.

Wondering exactly what kind of health benefits you get from olive oil? They contain a high number of healthy fats, they are high in antioxidants, they’ve been linked to diabetes prevention and they can help lower blood pressure.

2. You Know Where Your Olive Oil Came From

With the rise in the popularity of olive oil over the last few decades, there came an increase in the presence of fake olive oils on the market. In fact, the market became over run with oils that were only partially comprised of true olive oil and were mixed and “watered down” with other, less healthy oils like vegetable and corn oils. In truth it became difficult for the reputable providers of olive oil to maintain high standards for the industry.

Today if you’re buying a high-quality extra virgin olive oil the label should tell you all that you need to know about your oil. It should include appellation telling you where the oil was produced, it will include a bottling and expiration date as well.

If you’re lucky enough to find a specialty retailer for olive oils then that’s the best way to ensure a fresh product. At D’Olivo we source our oils from Veronica Foods, an extremely reputable wholesaler, who adheres to the strictest standards for quality ensuring all our oils bear the designation of Ultra-Premium.

3. Before Purchase Your Oil Will Be Properly Cared For

If you’re purchasing a high-quality olive oil, then the most likely place to find these is from a small specialty retailer of olive oils. These retailers are extremely knowledgeable about olive oil and take care of the oils in an extremely methodical fashion.

As a fresh product, olive oil can easily be damaged by exposure to heat and light which most often occurs if it is stored improperly. At D’Olivo all of our oils are stored in large, stainless-steal fusti to ensure the oils are not exposed to heat or light while on the shelves. Oils are then transferred to dark glass bottles to ensure they’re protected while waiting for customers to pick them up. Some oils may even be bottled fresh out the fusti to ensure the freshest product.

In addition, as a specialty retailer olive oil is our business which means products move more quickly off the shelves. You’ll never run into an issue where a bottle of olive oil or balsamic vinegar has been on the shelf for very long.

While olive oil can be stored for a period of time, it’s recommended that all olive oils be used up within 24 months if sealed, and if opened that they be used more quickly to avoid having your oil go bad.

Wondering how to choose a high-quality olive oil? Check out our blog here https://dolivotastingbar.com/how-to-choose-a-high-quality-olive-oil/

Olive Oil Recipes for Springtime

No matter what time of year it is, if you’re cooking for a family, it can be easy to fall into a rut with recipes. Even if you love to experiment, falling back on the same old meals every week is easy. Especially if your life is otherwise very busy – and let’s face it most people these days are busy.

The seasons are changing once again, and we’re excited to welcome the first hints of spring. With the changing weather it can also be a great time to shake up your kitchen and start trying out new recipes.

Below are some great spring inspired dishes to get those wheels in your brain churning. Give any of these a try or visit our complete recipe page for more options – https://dolivotastingbar.com/recipe/

Lemon & Rosemary Grilled Halibut

Fish can be a great meal any time of the year, but springtime makes us think of lighter dishes, and this tasty halibut hits just the right notes for us. It utilizes our champagne balsamic vinegar which is complimented by the olive oil, rosemary and lemon.

This dish is also going to make you look like a real chef in the kitchen so break it out for a date night or any time you want to really set the bar high for guests. They won’t be disappointed.

Homemade Pizza

Pizza is a staple in our house and making it from scratch is the best way to upgrade the meal and make sure you’re putting only the best ingredients into your body. It doesn’t have to be difficult either. Start with a premade dough (or make your own) or if you’re going super healthy try out a cauliflower pizza crust.

Add pizza sauce of your choosing, add your favorite toppings and voila dinner is ready in no time. It’s also a great activity to let kids help with and get them excited about dinner. One of our favorite toppings for any pizza is our stuffed gordal olives. We’ve got a variety to choose from and they’ll all taste fantastic on a pizza, but try the garlic stuffed olives to start.

Dressings

There’s something about springtime that makes us excited to dive into our favorite salads. There are always unique and exciting ways to make a salad shine and adding a homemade dressing is one of the easiest.

Heavier dressings can be enjoyable at times, but spring makes us think light so we’d suggest drizzling your salads with any combination of our olive oils and/or balsamic vinegars. Fan favorite choices include raspberry, strawberry, and black currant vinegars.

If you’re looking for a specific recipe to try out then try this green goddess dressing from our friends at Veronica Foods. It stays good in the fridge for up to a week if stored properly.

Spring Trifle

The name says it all, and our list of recipes wouldn’t be complete without a tasty treat to satisfy those with a sweet tooth. Featuring lemon pound cake, lemon curd, chantilly cream, and berries this happy dessert covers all the bases. It’s easy to make and delicious too so be sure to add this to your springtime baking list.

Why Is Olive Oil So Popular?

Here at D’Olivo, our days in the shop revolve around olive oils. Whether it be educating customers on the health benefits, pairing them with our balsamic vinegars for excited tasters, or thinking up fun and creative ways to add them into our favorite dishes, we’re always thinking about this delightful product.

We recognize though that not everyone spends their days this way and in fact, understand that those who are new to the world of olive oil might be wondering what is the big deal.

If you find yourself in this boat let us tell you about our best friend (okay not really), but let us tell you why this oil has grown in popularity over the years.

It’s Healthy!

As we touched on briefly above, olive oil is one of the healthiest fats available on the market today. As the Mediterranean diet has grown in popularity as it has become clear that eating in this way is good for you, so too has the popularity of one of the Mediterranean staples – olive oil.

First, it has a high concentration of antioxidants which are known to help lower cholesterol which benefits overall heart health. Second, olive oil has been shown to aid in weight loss efforts, with participants in a 3-year study showing decreased weight gain. Finally, olive oil is high in oleic acid, a healthy monosaturated fat which has been shown to help reduce inflammation.

It’s Great for Your Skin and Hair

Olive oil, while used a lot in food, has other uses as well. This diverse oil can be used topically on the skin and hair and is a growing ingredient in cosmetic products available on the market. As an all-natural ingredient, it’s popularity in the beauty industry continues to rise as consumers look for ways to reduce exposure to chemicals See our full list of fun and creative ways to use olive oil here.

There Are Multiple Ways to Use It When Cooking

Of course, the primary use for olive oil is in cooking, and there is no shortage of ways to explore this oil. Due to its high smoke point, high quality olive oil is a great option no matter what type of dish you’re preparing. You can use it for frying, grilling, dressing or finishing any dish.

Try marinating vegetables and meats in olive oil and seasonings before cooking. If that’s not your favorite method, then try brushing the oils on during preparation. If all else fails simply finish your salads or main courses with oils before serving.

If you’re looking for great ideas on how to use olive oil, visit our recipe section.

They’re Delicious!

We might be a little biased here but olive oil, simply put is delicious. Especially our ultra-premium selection from Veronica Foods. We are proud to offer a wide selection of olive oils including over 25 flavored (both fused and infused) oils. Each oil pairs wonderfully with our selection of balsamic vinegars.

For a full experience, stop in to visit us at 10 E Main Street and you’ll truly get an opportunity to taste the difference.

We’re open Monday-Thursday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM, and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

5 Tips to Ensure you Enjoy Your Olive Oil

The world of olive oil can seem overwhelming given the wide selection available. At first glance you might even think that all olive oils are created equal, but unfortunately that isn’t the case.

Olive oil can be one of the most delicious and healthy oils to incorporate into your diet. Many even consider olive oil the star of the Mediterranean diet which has grown in popularity due to its overall healthy selection of foods.

To help make your journey to and experience with olive oil easy and enjoyable, we’ve got five handy tips to help.

1.Read the Label

There are lots of important details to learn about your olive oil simply be reading the label. The first thing to check is making sure that what you’re purchasing says extra virgin. Extra virgin olive oils are made from the first cold pressing of the olives. This method ensures that the health benefits of the oil remain intact.

In addition, you’ll be able to find the harvest date of the oil. Even if you’re purchasing an oil that has a label in another language you should be able to decipher this information. You want to be sure and choose the olive oil with the most recent harvest date.

2. Look at How the Oil is Stored

Two of the leading factors in olive oil spoilage are exposure to heat and exposure to light. Both of these can cause the oil to go rancid so when you’re purchasing an olive oil make sure that it’s in dark glass and that it hasn’t been sitting in direct sunlight or in an overly hot storage area.

3. Use Your Oil

Olive oil does not get better with age. When you purchase a bottle, if stored properly, it can last for 18-24 months unopened. However, make sure that once you’ve opened the bottle of olive oil you use it up quickly. Olive oil when opened should only be kept for 30-60 days.

If you’re looking for tips on how best to use your olive oil, check out our recipe section here it’s packed with great ideas for every season.

4. Taste the Oil Before Purchasing

Ideally, before you even purchase a bottle of olive oil you get an opportunity to taste. The classic way to taste the oil is by using the following steps.

First, pour about a tablespoon of the oil into a cup and place one hand around the bottom to warm the oil. Place your other hand over the top and gently swirl the oil around to release the flavors and aromas. Second, smell the oil and make note of the aromas. Third, drink the oil and be sure to spread it around in your mouth. Finally, swallow the oil and make note of the wide variety of flavors you can taste.

You want your oils to have a fruity or peppery taste. The spicier the oil tastes the higher the polyphenols.

5. Buy from a Reputable Vendor

While it’s true that you can likely find a good olive oil in the grocery store, the best way to ensure quality is by purchasing from a trusted retailer. Retailers like D’Olivo who specialize in olive oil know the proper storage techniques, and move through inventory at a rapid rate ensuring that oils never sit on the shelves for too long.

Additionally, we source our oils from Veronica Foods which has the strictest quality standards for each oil produced and sold, resulting in our Ultra-Premium designation.

Whether your new the world of olive oil or you’ve been a long-time fan these tips should help you find the best quality olive oil for your cooking needs. If you’re in the market for high-quality, delicious oils then stop in to see us at 10 E Main Street in Downtown Walla Walla or shop online.

A Guide to Understanding Olive Oil

It’s no secret that at D’Olivo we’re crazy about olive oil. This beautiful cooking oil is perfect for use in any kitchen on nearly any type of dish. It’s got a wonderful flavor and to top it all off it offers amazing health benefits.

While we could talk for hours about all the great things you can do to make olive oil your new go-to oil we decided to hit the basics and touch on the top things to know to help our readers gain a better understanding of olive oil.

What is Olive Oil

Olive oil is an oil that comes from olive. There are a number of ways this oil can be harvested and each method gives an indication of the specific type of olive oil that will be produced.

Types of Olive Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – this is by far the purest, and highest quality of olive oil available on the market. Extra virgin olive oils are oils that are produced from the first cold pressing of the olives. This method ensures that the health benefits from the olives remains and that the oil itself isn’t damaged by exposure to high temperatures. This method of extraction also helps keep the acidity level of the oil very low.

Virgin Olive Oil – this type of oil is also extracted using a cold-press method. However, it’s not always from the first cold pressing. While it too is not damaged by exposure to heat during extraction, the acidity levels are higher making it a lower quality oil than those that fall into the extra virgin category.

Refined Olive Oils – these types of oils are not as pure as either extra virgin or virgin, despite what the label might indicated. In fact, many of these refined olive oils are bland in flavor and as a result are usually blended with other types of oils.

Health Benefits

Olive oil has continued to rise in popularity internationally over the last several years. This is due in large part to its rich flavors, versatility in cooking and baking, as well as the nutritional and health benefits that it offers. Some of these health benefits include:

1. Rich in Healthy Fats
2. It Can Help Lower Blood Pressure
3. Packed with Beneficial Antioxidants
4. Helps Maintain Bone Health
5. Helps Prevent Obesity

How to Use Olive Oil

Olive Oil is extremely versatile and can be used as a replacement for many different kinds of cooking fats from butter to vegetable oil. While there are many who claim that olive oil isn’t a good alternative due to its low smoke point, this is simply a myth about olive oil. In fact, high quality extra virgin olive oils are very safe to cook with, even at high temperatures.

Grilling – if you’re a grill-master then olive oil can be a great companion for your cooking adventures. Use it as a marinade for meat, brush it onto the vegetables you’re cooking, or simply top of your dishes at the end with a delicious olive oil.

Baking – it’s true that olive oil can make a great substitute for butter or vegetable oil when creating any baked good. We’ve got an excellent guide on how best to use olive oil in baking here – https://dolivotastingbar.com/baking-with-olive-oil/

Salad Dressing – our olive oils make the best salad dressings, especially when paired with our balsamic vinegars. There are dozens of combinations you can make that will provide fantastic flavor combinations.

Finishing Oils – finish off any dish, hot or cold, with an olive oil drizzle. Choose from a fused or infused flavored oil or try one of our traditional ultra-premium extra virgin oils for this.

Choosing an Olive Oil

Due to its popularity, olive oil has become susceptible to fraud. This is why it’s important that when you go to choose an olive oil you make sure that you’re getting a high quality one.

Read the Label

Because olive oil is an edible product you want to be sure that you’re getting the freshest olive oil out there. Check the label for harvest date or an expiration date. If you find this information, make sure you don’t buy an oil that’s more than a year old. Also, look for that extra virgin designation.

Taste

The surest way to tell if you’ve got a good olive oil is to taste it. The oil should taste clean, fresh and green like olives. If there are peppery notes that linger in your throat that is a good sign – it’s the polyphenols in the oil that give those notes to the oil.

Buy from a Trusted Retailer

Designated olive oil retailers like D’Olivo are the best place to buy quality olive oils. First, we source from the highly reputable supplier, Veronica Foods, who maintains the strictest quality standards which is what gives our oils the Ultra-Premium designation. Second, our employees are well-trained in the proper storage and packaging of our oils ensuring that customers don’t go home with an expired or tainted product. Finally, you can visit stores like ours to actually sample the olive oils you’re purchasing. You can pair oils with our delicious balsamic vinegars and make sure you’re taking home the products that will provide the most benefit to you in the kitchen.