Thursday, April 29, 2010

101 Uses: Olive oil

I’ll be posting a few of these 101 uses post every now and then because these are items worth having and learning some of their applications.
I recently bought a nice supply of canned extra virgin olive oil (the best kind) that should last for some time. I liked the rugged container, much better than the more common plastic bottles. My wife's family comes form Italy so she likes using olive oil often.
Some applications for vegetable oil, olive oil being the healthiest:

*Cooking of course. For salads and making soups, bread, pizza, etc. Unlike the junk used to fry potatoes in McDonalds or chiken wings, extra virign olive oil actually has a taste worth noticing. Its good for your heart and reduces colesterol.
*People would be surprised to know how many premium, extra expensive skin oils just have a very small amount of vegetable oil in it (in some cases olive oil) as their most effective ingredient.

* Models around here do a vegetable oil bath on their hair before important events or photo sessions.

*The health benefits of olive oil are numerous, and oil is of course a basic food supply used pretty often, providing the healthy fatty needed for good nutrition.

*It’s a source of fuel as well. Combine it with a container and  a piece of cloth, oil can be used for lighting and heat.

*In a pinch, it can be used with a piece of cloth or cotton to wipe the baby when changing diapers.
Other uses…


Sunflower oil, like other oils, can retain moisture in the skin. It may also provide a protective barrier that resists infection in pre-term infants. Studies using sunflower oil have been conducted involving low birth weight pre-term infants that are often susceptible to infection due to their underdeveloped skin. The study determined that infants receiving a daily skin treatment of sunflower oil were 41% less likely to develop infections in hospital.


Anonymous said...

Interesting info.

It caused me to ask, what's the longest shelf life for olive or sunflower oil? Is it one of those things like sardines, as long as it smells ok, no bulges in the can, it's ok to eat but the flavor may be off?

Anonymous said...

First cold press is the best for cooking.

In a pinch a shot can be used to cure constipation...but it had better be severe, because you're going to want to puke when you do it.

Also, in a pinch I once de-rusted an old wrench by soaking it in dilute bleach-water and then buffed it with olive oil. But that's definitely not recommended either.

Bones said...

Ok, next comes recipes, skin care tips and talking about your feelings!

Lamb said...

Olive oil is good for a lot of stuff! I also like coconut oil for hair and skin.

Anonymous said...

Knowledge, Bones, knowledge--that's the valuable thing Fernando's got to offer. So hey, recipes are good...got to know what to cook when everything is too damn expensive. I'll get the ball rolling:

1 can tuna
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 pot white rice

Cook rice and mixed tuna+soup separately. Mix on plate. Eat. Serves more than you'd think.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Bones, now I'm going to have that song in my head for the next hour.

"Feelings, something something feelings..."

And I don't like that song.

I'll bet that 1/2 shot of olive oil is a cure for that?

Anonymous said...

Here's a website that is very helpful regarding shelf life for most foods: