Question: When to Use Olive Oil, When Not to Use Olive Oil
“I have heard a lot lately about the benefits of using olive oil. I have tried it on different foods with great success, but I was wondering - can I cook with it the same way I can with vegetable oil? If so, can any variation of olive oil be used?”
Answer: This is a great question! We often see olive oil used topically on dishes like salad or pasta, but you can cook with olive oil in the same way you do with vegetable oil.
It’s much healthier for you too!
There are different variations of olive oil that you will see in your local supermarket, most commonly extra virgin olive oil, virgin olive oil, and olive oil. The difference is basically in the taste. Extra virgin olive oil is the best when you are looking to add an olive oil flavor to your meal, but when you are using olive oil to say, stir-fry, it is best to go with the standard olive oil. Because of the refining process in standard olive oil, it holds up better when exposed to high heats, and it actually costs less than the virgin grades.
Olive oil is best used when pan frying only. If you want to deep fry, I would not suggest it. It may hold up well when pan frying but has a low smoke point and will overheat when used as a deep fry. If you are looking for a healthy oil to deep fry with, I suggest canola.