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Marinate meats, poultry and fish with simple yet flavourful marinades of extra virgin olive oil combined with herbs and either lemon juice or wine vinegar.

When broiling or roasting meats and poultry, brush with olive oil to seal in their natural juices while cooking. The meat will turn out tender and moist.

Before baking potatoes, rub sliced or whole potatoes with olive oil for added crispness.

Toss vegetables in olive oil before grilling or pan roasting to seal in moisture and bring out their flavour.

When boiling water to cook pasta, add a tablespoon of olive oil to the water to prevent pasta from sticking to the pot. Also, immediately after draining pasta, add a tablespoon of olive oil to prevent sticking and to add flavour before serving.

Serve a simple appetizer of fresh bread with seasoned olive oil. Just pour the oil in a bowl for dipping, and season with balsamic vinegar, cracked pepper, sea salt, garlic, parmesan cheese, fresh basil or crushed red pepper flakes.

Toss almonds or other nuts in a sandwich bag with olive oil to coat lightly, and add a sprinkle of salt for a great tasting snack.

Olive oil is a healthy substitute for butter because it is rich in unsaturated fat, which helps reduce cholesterol.

Using olive oil for baking has many benefits. The Vitamin E in Bertolli olive oil makes cakes, brownies, breads and muffins turn out more evenly textured and moist. Using olive oil in baking also saves time since melting is not required. Bertolli Delicato Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil is ideal for baking because the olive aroma and flavour are minimal.

To replace butter with olive oil, just follow this handy conversion chart. 

Replace Butter

With Bertolli Olive Oil

Approximate Fat Calories Saved

Approximate Calories Saved

1 tsp

3/4 tsp

1 g

10

1 tbsp

2 1/4 tsp

3 g

30

1/4 cup

3 tbsp

12 g

110

1/3 cup

1/4 cup

16 g

145

3/4 cup

1/2 cup + 1 tbsp

36 g

325

1 cup

3/4 cup

48 g

430