What’s the deal with Olive Oil?

Unfortunately, due to the effects of climate change and the fires across Europe, olive crops have been devastated. This has caused a ripple effect, resulting in product shortages and price increases.

So, let’s take a look at how you can make your olive oil usage go further and last longer:

Firstly, store your olive oil correctly. This means storing it away from heat, in a cool place and avoiding light exposure. The best way to keep your oil safe from light is to keep it stored in dark-coloured glass, stainless steel or ceramic bottles. Check that the bottle is tightly sealed to prevent oxidization, which will spoil your oil prematurely and even cause it to turn rancid.

Secondly, explore other oils and fill your pantry with alternative healthy oils to mix into your cooking . There are so many different oils to use in place of olive oil these days that it can be overwhelming when it comes to understanding the differences. There are three main types of oils we use with food:

  1. Refined oils offer a neutral flavour and a high smoke point, making them more versatile and best for cooking at high heat.
  2. Unrefined (virgin/extra virgin) versions have a lower smoke point but are packed with more health benefits because they aren’t processed. These versions are perfect for adding flavour to dressings and baked goods and avoiding high heat.
  3. Cold-pressed oils add a delicious flavour and are best for dressings due to the low smoke point . They have a higher nutritional value with omega 3 + 6 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin A, C, E, + D, lecithin, potassium, are low in saturated fats and high in polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Here are some of our favourite alternatives:

Grapeseed oil
High smoke point | neutral flavour | best for cooking with heat, dressings + baking.

Refined Coconut oil
High smoke point | neutral flavour | best for cooking with heat.

Almond Oil
Low smoke point | nutty flavour | best for baked goods, pasta, soups and dressings.

High smoke point (won’t burn like butter) | rich nutty flavour | versatile + suitable for all cooking (especially lactose-free diets).

Avocado Oil
Very high smoke point | buttery + rich but light flavour | versatile and suitable for all cooking including dressings.

Lastly, a great way to avoid paying top dollar is to stock up on olive oil while it is on sale!