Extra-Virgin Olive Oil vs Olive Oil
Extra-Virgin vs Olive Oil – What’s the difference?
Have you ever stood in the grocery aisle staring at the wide selection of oils and wondered, “what is the difference in extra-virgin or regular olive oil?”
Extra-virgin olive oil is made from pure, cold-pressed olives, whereas regular olive oil is a blend, including both cold-pressed and processed oils.
The olives are machine ground into a paste and then they’re pressed which extracts the oil. Since there’s not any heat, it makes it cold pressed.
The cold pressed olives that don’t meet the standards for extra-virgin olive oil is then further refined.
So, which should you use? It’s really up to you. For me, I use extra-virgin olive oil most of the time but, for a while I’m sauté of fresh vegetables, I use olive oil and save extra-virgin olive oil for those homemade vinaigrette’s!