2. Know who you’re buying from.
If possible, stay away from conventional grocery stores. Buy from a producer, or a certified distributor (small batched), and look for the International Olive Oil Council certification. I like to stick with small farms and try my best to know the farmer.
3. Understand smoke point and how to use different oils.
Olive oil has a very low smoke point, meaning if it reaches a high heat that it might smoke, it turns rancid when it is heated past a certain temperature, creating free radicals and causing inflammation in the body. Make sure when cooking with olive oil that you are conscious of the temperature. Forever, I thought I wasn’t supposed to cook with olive oil at high heat, but this actually isn’t the case--when you’re using high quality, fresh olive oil, that is. Such will stand upwards of 425 degrees, well above the ideal temperature for frying food around 350 degrees. Low quality olive oil will burn because it has less acid, has probably been cut with vegetable oils, and may have particular matter from not being separated properly.
4. Understand the effects of oxidation.
When purchasing olive oil, make sure to only buy dark bottles. Why? Because when olive oil is exposed to light it becomes oxidized,(oxidation is bad think aging or an apple turning brown) meaning that it isn’t virgin quality as the label might claim.
5. Store your olive oil properly.
Like I mentioned, light is not great for your oil. Move the bottle away from light and heat, and store it like you would wine. That means away from the stove. After you’ve opened it, try to use it within one month. This is one reason why big bulk bottles at Costco are not a good idea.
To me, meeting the 23°C Olive Oil family was a match made in heaven and I’m so happy to find a truthful company that I can confidently recommend to my clients, friends and family. I promise you’ve never tasted any oil as close to this good. When it comes to something like oil oil that is used almost daily in the kitchen, it’s important to invest in a quality product that will benefit your body, not harm it.