|1 tsp||¾ tsp|
|1 Tbsp||2 ¼ tsp|
|2 Tbsp||1 ½ Tbsp|
|¼ cup||3 Tbsp|
|1/3 cup||¼ cup|
|½ cup||¼ cup + 2 Tbsp|
|2/3 cup||½ cup|
|¾ cup||½ cup + 1 Tbsp|
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At Idaros Infusions, we are committed to enlightening our guests about how or what to cook and bake with multi-faceted olive oil. Now we’re going to share with you a few of our favorite extra virgin olive oil cooking tips for all of your meal preparation and entertaining needs. Enjoy!
Basic Olive Oil Tips
- Store your olive oil in a cool, dark place and keep the bottle sealed tightly to keep it fresh. Heat, light, and air breakdown olive oil and hasten its life, causing it to become rancid.
- Only cook foods in extra virgin olive oil at low to medium heat, under the smoke point (400°). The smoke point is when olive oil becomes hot enough to evaporate or “smoke” and this is the point at which it begins to break down. If your olive oil is heated to the smoke point, it is best to discard and start again.
- Substitute olive oil in place of butter or vegetable oil in recipes.
- When using butter, olive oil will prevent it from burning if you add a little to the butter before cooking.
- Before using your olive oil, always smell it to ensure it is still fresh.
Cooking With Olive Oil
- Brush olive oil over your turkey, prime rib, or other meats to seal juices inside and make a crispy exterior.
- Add herbs to warmed olive oil for dipping lobster.
- Marinate meats in olive oil before cooking.
- Use olive oil as a condiment on your leftover turkey and ham sandwiches.
- Emulsify your sauces by whisking in some olive oil.
- Blend olive oil, garlic, and cooked Garbanzo or white beans in a food processor for a tasty appetizer. Season to taste using your favorite herbs.
- Brush olive oil on quartered pita slices and lightly sprinkle with sea salt. Broil pita until they are crisp and golden brown. Serve with bean dip described above.
- Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over vegetables before serving to enhance the flavor of green beans, asparagus, or corn.
- Serve steamed artichokes with a blend of extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.
- Blend olive oil with balsamic vinegar for green beans and asparagus. Chill and serve cold.
- Scramble or fry your holiday breakfast eggs and omelets in extra virgin olive oil.
- Substitute salty meats with olive oil in pea or bean soups.
- Dip bread in extra virgin olive oil with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
- Drizzle olive oil over salad or blend in to salad dressings.
- Create a delightful salad dressing by blending our Fresh Blood Orange Olive Oil with our Vanilla & Fig Balsamic Vinegar.
- Marinate your favorite meat with our Roasted Garlic Reserve Olive Oil or drizzle our Fresh Basil Olive Oil over steamed vegetables and caprese salad.
Nature’s Beauty Secret
Using olive oil for face masks is one of the many beauty secrets of nature that Idaros Infusions has been keeping track of for the last twenty years. While olive oil is popularly known for the amazing health benefits it provides as part of a balanced diet, olive oil treatments can also be used to keep your appearance beautiful and youthful.
The ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks and Phoenicians all acknowledged the beauty benefits of olive oil for face, skin, hair, nails and even fresh breath. Scientific research in the last century has revealed that olive oil is rich in vitamins A, D, K and particularly vitamin E, which are protective antioxidants that minimize damage caused by “free radicals” (unstable atoms and molecules) that cause cell oxidation and aging.
The following are some simple tips you can use to incorporate olive oil treatments into your beauty routine.
Olive Oil For Face And Skin
Put olive oil on face with face masks to smooth the complexion and maintain skin’s elasticity. Mix olive oil, honey and one egg yolk until well blended. Apply mask to face and leave for 15 minutes. Use warm water to rinse.
Prevent stretch marks, treat dry skin, psoriasis and eczema by massaging olive oil directly into affected area straight out of the bottle
Add olive oil to bath water for a moisturizing soak.
Apply olive oil to hands and feet at bedtime then cover with cotton gloves and socks to soften callous, dry and cracked skin.
Dab olive oil on lips at bedtime to heal and prevent chapping.
Olive Oil For Hair
Make a hot oil treatment to heal dry or damaged hair by mixing 2/3 cup of olive oil and 1 TBSP of honey in a resealable plastic bag. Fill a bowl with hot water and place the sealed bag in the water until it becomes warm. (Do not allow oil to become hot.) Apply oil mixture to roots and work it through to the tips of your hair. Cover with a shower cap and wrap in a warm towel. Leave on for 20 minutes. Shampoo and condition as normal.
Condition your hair by applying olive oil directly to hair for 30 minutes to reduce frizz and static, heal split-ends, remedy dandruff, balance overproduction of oil and prevent attraction of parasites.
Olive Oil For Fingernails
Warm olive oil with 1 TBSP of lemon juice in a dish. (Do not allow oil to become hot.) Soak fingertips for 5-10 minutes to strengthen nails and soften cuticles.
Olive Oil For Bad Breath
Sip olive oil to remedy bad breath with a pleasantly sweet odor. Olive oil also aids in digestion, so is easy on the stomach when sipped straight.
The best olive oil for face, hair or nail care is extra virgin olive oil, which is the purest form directly from the first pressing of the olives. Since it is the most nutrient-rich form of olive oil, you will reap the greatest benefits from these beauty tips when you choose to use extra virgin olive oil for face, hair or nail care.
Extra virgin olive oil is the purest form of olive oil and therefore the most nutrient-rich.
Substituting 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil per day for saturated fats, such as animal and dairy fats, will improve your health inside and out.
This first pressing of olive oil is called extra virgin olive oil, which is the purest, most nutrient-rich form available, therefore providing the best health benefits
True extra virgin olive oil can only be produced when the olives are cold pressed to prevent decomposition. It is never heated or infused with other oils.
In 23 countries, the International Olive Oil Council (IOOC) governs the quality and classification of olive oils and only true extra virgin olive oils – defined as containing no more than .8 grams of oleic acid per 100 grams of olive oil – are allowed to be marked as extra virgin olive oil.
Many imported olive oils labeled as extra virgin olive oil are diluted with safflower, canola, soy, hazelnut and other oils to extend the supply and reduce the cost, allowing for mass production.
99% of olive oil sold in the United States is imported, and the USDA does not require its standards to be met before a producer labels olive oil as extra virgin. Therefore, you may be getting a an inferior, diluted version when you buy olive oil.
Extra virgin olive oils are judged by the IOOC not by color or scent, but by taste. They are sipped from dark blue glasses that are tapered at the top, so color cannot be determined. They must have noticeable levels of fruitiness, bitterness and pepperiness and not any level of sixteen officially-defined taste flaws.
Enemies of olive oil are heat, air, light, and age.
The olive tree has its “roots” in the Mediterranean region as early as 8000 BC and the juice of the olive fruit has been evidenced as early as 3500 BC to provide a source of food and healing. Olive oil has also been used in religious ceremonies from ancient until modern times and was so esteemed that it has even been discovered in tombs of Egyptian kings. The economic importance of olive oil from ancient times cannot be underestimated.
The hardiness of the olive tree and its centuries-long lifespan contribute to the spread of its cultivation throughout Western civilization. The tree’s deep and wide root system enable its survival in dry climates near the sea where the salt content of the underground water supply is high. Perhaps it is this knowledge that encouraged the Spanish missionaries to bring olive trees with them to The New World in the 16th Century knowing they could provide a source of economic sustenance and cultivate olives for olive oil to be used in their religious practices.
In 1769, Spanish missionaries planted the first Southern California olive groves at Mission San Diego de Alcala. The soil and climate are as ideal to support the growth of olive trees as the soil and climate in the Mediterranean. By the late 1700’s, Southern California olive oil was reported in the writings of Alexander von Humboldt to be “equal to that of Andalusia,” a coastal region in Spain where the climate is also similar to the Mediterranean.
Southern California olive oil was first produced commercially in the early 1800’s and is revered for its quality, rivaling that produced in the Mediterranean region. Today, family-owned and operated Idaros Infusions, whose ranch is located near coastal San Diego, where the first olive groves were planted in Southern California, produces premium Southern California olive oil using a cold, hand pressing process like that which was used in ancient times. Every drop of extra virgin olive oil produced by Idaros Infusions every season is consumed and those who have tasted Idaros Infusions’ quality products rush back for more. Taste for yourself the extra virgin olive oil, olive oil blends, fine balsamic vinegars and artisan foods that are crafted by hand at Idaros Infusions. Taste the rush of liquid gold!
We’ve been keeping a list of olive oil nutrition facts for over twenty years at Idaros Infusions. We’re probably not the first ones to do so either. In fact, olive oil has been coveted since ancient times in part due to the multitude of health benefits it provides. Today, the juice of the olive fruit has been scientifically proven to be an essential part of a healthy diet, due to its high content of monounsaturated fats and antioxidants.
Olive oil is considered to be one of the best oils because it is the single, naturally-produced oil with the largest source of monounsaturated fats and is the only one that can be consumed from the freshly-pressed fruit just as is, like orange juice. The health benefits of olive oil – an essential part of the Mediterranean diet – are credited with enhancing heart healthiness and life spans of the people of that region. Among olive oil nutrition facts are studies demonstrating that monounsaturated fats, such as Omega-3s, Omega-6s and Omega-9s all found at their optimal balance in olive oil, decrease LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels while increasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels, which allows cholesterol to move freely to the liver to be eliminated rather than being deposited on artery walls and forming blood clots as it travels through the bloodstream. This helps the body maintain healthy blood pressure levels and reduces risk of heart disease – a leading cause of death in Western cultures. Additionally, an olive oil rich diet has been shown to improve brain health, help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes and lead to greater weight loss than a low fat diet.
Further notable of the olive oil nutrition facts is that it is an excellent source of antioxidants. Oxidation occurs naturally inside the human body, giving rise to “free radicals” (unstable atoms and molecules) that can lead to normal cell function deterioration or cellular death, unless there is a balance between healthy cells and free radicals. Antioxidants, like those found in olive oil, help maintain that balance, reducing the effects of aging and risk of developing cancer. In fact, studies show a direct correlation between a diet rich in olive oil and the control of colo-rectal cancer and skin cancers.
Anyone familiar with olive oil nutrition facts knows that the best olive oil comes from the first pressing of the fruit, called “extra virgin olive oil”. Extra virgin olive oil is the purest form of olive oil and therefore the most nutrient-rich. Substituting 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil per day for saturated fats, such as animal and dairy fats, will improve your health inside and out. Idaros Infusions makes it easy to take advantage of the health benefits of olive oil when you substitute other oils in your favorite recipes with flavorful, fresh California extra virgin olive oil. Create a delightful salad dressing by blending our Fresh Blood Orange Olive Oil with our Vanilla & Fig Balsamico Vinegar. Marinate your favorite meat with our Roasted Garlic Reserve Olive Oil or drizzle our Fresh Basil Olive Oil over steamed vegetables and Caprese salads. You can even bake with our buttery, Olivum Reserve Late Harvest traditional olive oil, or add our Fresh Blood Orange Olive Oil to brownies for a delicious hint of orange.
Idaros Infusions is a family-owned company that offers fine, Southern California-grown extra virgin olive oils, hand harvested olives which are cold-pressed on our ranch. Discover one of the most healthy treats nature provides by checking out the product offerings on our website. You’ll be glad you did!