Everyone knows EVOO is healthy. The phytochemicals in olives, which protect you from disease, are vulnerable to heat; “extra- virgin” oils are processed with minimal heat, so nutrients are preserved. (Same goes for EVOO labeled “first cold-pressed.”)
But heat isn’t the only enemy of nutrients (and flavor). Time also takes a toll. “Buying extra-virgin is good, but making sure it’s fresh is even more important,” says Dan Flynn, head of the UC Davis Olive Center, a leading olive oil research facility. “The ‘best before’ date should be at least one year out to ensure that the oil is still tasty and rich in good-for-you compounds.”
From our September 2012: Italian Issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray
Making your own dough is great, but not if it delays dinner. Use our three store-bought picks for pie on the fly!
THIN: Mama Mary’s Thin & Crispy Pizza Crusts
These thin crusts with a brick-oven flavor stayed crisp even when we piled on the toppings. ($4.99 for 2 crusts)
THICKER: Schwan’s Starter Crust
This reminded us of a slice straight from a pizza parlor, with a crunchy, sweet-earthy taste. ($7.24 for 2 crusts)
THICKEST: Boboli Original Pizza Crust
After just 10 minutes in the oven, this crust got puffy and deliciously chewy—without being too doughy. ($4.59 for 1 crust)
From the September 2012: Italian Issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray
Some stores use sneaky displays to supersize up your grocery bill. Beat ‘em at their own game with these money-saving shopping tips.