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A Guide To Olive Oil Best Practices

Get the tips and tricks for working olive oil into your cooking and beauty routines.

From the kitchen pantry to the bathroom vanity, olive oil is one of the most versatile staples to have on hand in your household. We’re breaking down top ways to incorporate it into your cooking and beauty regimens, plus helpful facts to maximize its benefits.


TOP STORAGE TIPS:

  1. Avoid Heat: It may be convenient, but don’t store olive oil near the stove. Store in a cupboard or pantry.
  2. Avoid Light: Opt for olive oil in dark or tinted bottles and avoid direct sunlight (which can cause spoilage).
  3. Avoid Air: Ensure the bottle has an airtight seal when not using. A properly sealed bottle of EVOO should last up to 18 months.

INSIGHT FROM THE PROS:

“I love infused olive oil. When you infuse olive oil, you can use it for anything.” – Tabitha Brown

“Sometimes when Ryan needs a quick moisturizing option, she’ll run into the kitchen and lather olive oil on her skin. Whether it’s for your hair, body or face, incorporating olive oil into your beauty regimen (sparingly, of course) can be just as beneficial as using it for cooking.” – Ayesha Curry

“I like using olive oils to finish dishes—whether it’s on my charred okra or drizzling on top of my cornmeal pizzette. If you don’t heat it, then you’re really getting the taste.” – Tanya Holland

INSPIRATIONAL RECIPES:

Photo: TONL
Recipe:

Citrus and Spice Olive Oil Cake

Ingredients

  • cups all-purpose flour 
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons) 
  • 1 tbsp grated orange zest (from 1 orange) 
  • 1 orange, very thinly sliced 
  • 1 lemon, very thinly sliced 
  • 1 tbsp orange juice 
  • Whipped cream, serving 
  • Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting 

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  
  • Oil a 9-inch round spring form pan or cake pan and dust with confectioners’ sugar.  
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cardamom and salt. In a larger bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, eggs, yogurt, vanilla extract, zest and orange juice. Using a spatula, gently mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until smooth.  
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and top with thinly sliced fruit. Sprinkle sugar on the citrus slices. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes then unmold and cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into wedges and serve with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar and/or whipped cream. 

Ingredients

  • cups all-purpose flour 
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons) 
  • 1 tbsp grated orange zest (from 1 orange) 
  • 1 orange, very thinly sliced 
  • 1 lemon, very thinly sliced 
  • 1 tbsp orange juice 
  • Whipped cream, serving 
  • Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting 

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  
  • Oil a 9-inch round spring form pan or cake pan and dust with confectioners’ sugar.  
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cardamom and salt. In a larger bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, eggs, yogurt, vanilla extract, zest and orange juice. Using a spatula, gently mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until smooth.  
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and top with thinly sliced fruit. Sprinkle sugar on the citrus slices. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes then unmold and cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into wedges and serve with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar and/or whipped cream. 
Recipe:

Olive Oil, Banana & Yogurt Hair Mask

As seen in the pages of Sweet July Magazine's Fall/Winter 2021 Issue. Recipe by Kiku Chaudhuri and Shaz Rajashekar, co-founders of Shaz & Kiks.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey or olive oil

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth.
  • Massage the mask in your scalp from roots to ends of hair. Let is sit for 30 to 45 minutes before washing out with warm water.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey or olive oil

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth.
  • Massage the mask in your scalp from roots to ends of hair. Let is sit for 30 to 45 minutes before washing out with warm water.

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