Q: I have always heard that using extra virgin olive oil to cook with is not only a waste of money but also that regular olive oil reacts better to heat. In fact I have read that an olive oil mix is actually better than olive oil itself. The reason I bring this up is that I have noticed that chefs on TV say to use EVOO. Is it really better to cook with?
A: Extra virgin olive oil is produced from the first pressing of olives. This expensive oil is best used to finish salads and cooked vegetables, pasta, fish, chicken or meat. Because regular olive oil has a higher smoke point, it is a good choice for sautéing, frying and deep frying preparation methods.