Olive oil, Extra Virgin or Pure

Written by Shauna Hanus

Olives and olive oil have a long history. It has been suggested that olives and olive oil have been around as long a 6000 years. The Bible even references olive branches inrepparttar story of Noah’s Ark. It is unknown as to when people started to eat olives and their oil but its origins of use suggest that initially it was used in lamps as fuel as well as for cooking.

There are two main types of olive oils, extra virgin olive oil and olive oil. The term extra virgin denotes oil that contains less than 1% acidity and has no treatment using heat or chemicals. Extra virgin also signifiesrepparttar 149137 oil is fromrepparttar 149138 “first press” or “cold press”. The tastes can range from a domestic mild or slightly rustic flavor to a peppery classic from Tuscany.

Olive oil is often labeled as “pure olive oil”; this oil is refined with chemicals and steam. The oil is then blended with a higher quality oil to give an improved flavor and aroma. Often times this less expensive choice is used in recipes and for sautéing. If you desire a purer flavor stick withrepparttar 149139 extra virgin varieties.

How to cut a cake

Written by Shauna Hanus

Have you ever wondered how to cut a cake? I have had a lot of practice. When I turned 16 and requested a Spider Man sheet cake I busily honed my cake cutting skills by making concentric rectangles and then served uprepparttar master piece. My family all refused to eat stating lack of presentation skills. Since that time my skills have, thankfully, been refined. Here are tips to cutting a round layer cake.

First select a knife you are comfortable holding. A long slender knife works best. Beginrepparttar 149136 first cut about two inches fromrepparttar 149137 edge. Cut alongrepparttar 149138 entire edge ofrepparttar 149139 cake keepingrepparttar 149140 knife in about two inches. Your cake will now have an outer ring two inches wide.

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