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Arbequina Olive Oil

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When we buy extra virgin olive oil, we don’t often pay attention to the olive variety that is being used to make the olive oil. This is largely inadvisable.

Like wines, which are produced from different grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, extra virgin olive oils are also made from different olive varieties.

Each olive variety has its own characteristics, personality and intensity. Here is a look at one of the olive varieties widely planted worldwide and used in culinary preparation: Arbequina.

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Can We Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Cooking?

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One question people often ask: Can we use extra virgin olive oil for home cooking? And at a high temperature? If your answer is a “oh, no,” well, don’t worry, you are not the only one who would have reacted as such.

Like many other misconceptions of the use of extra virgin olive oil (here and here), research studies such as this has dispelled the myths of frying with extra virgin olive oil at high temperatures.

Here, however, we want to explore another more interesting question …

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Olive Oil in Bag-In-Box: How to Use?

Bag-In-Box: BIO-Vizcantar & Vizcantar Normal

Olive oil in a bag within a box (Bag-In-Box) is a relatively new notion in the olive oil industry. We introduce the concept to Singapore last year for our olive oil users. As of date, we are not aware of any local olive oil suppliers/distributors embrace this idea.

Without doubts, the two most important benefits of Bag-in-Box are, firstly, it is value-for-money, and second, it keeps the content fresher for a longer period after opening.

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Olive Oil in Bag-in-Box. Why?

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Bag in a box to wine lovers is not a stranger. The benefits of Bag-in-Box are many folds. The most important one is keeping the content fresher for a longer period after opening.

The olive oil industry has recently started to package olive oil in this way. We are quick to introduce this new packaging to our Singaporean friends. Let’s find out what Bag-in-Box is all about?

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Does Olive Oil “Expire”?

When we pick up a bottle of olive oil at a grocery store, or anything in fact, we will almost always check for the “expiry date” printed on the product.

We don’t use “expiry” date in olive oil to signify the “use by” date. Instead, the term “best before” date is used. The two mean very different things.

Does olive oil “expire”? Does “expired” olive oil hurt? Here we will explain.

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