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Oils & Vinegars


Is Balsamic Vinegar a Fermented Food?

This article looks at whether balsamic vinegar undergoes fermentation.


Does Olive Oil Have Peanuts in It?

Does olive oil contain peanuts? The answer isn't as straightforward as it might seem. Here's why.


Exploring Balsamic Vinegar: History and 4 Recipes

Once a tonic to prevent pests and plague, balsamic vinegar is now used in all manner of cooking and baking. Let’s learn its history, how it's made, and four innovative recipes.


My Grandmother's Recipe for Making Coconut Oil (With Photos)

When I visit my home country of the Philippines, I like to make coconut oil from the coconut trees behind my house. My grandmother taught me how to do it.


How to Make Homemade Chili Garlic Oil

Chili oil is a popular condiment in Asian countries. Some places add a twist to it by including garlic. Here's my version of homemade chili garlic oil.


How to Make Organic Apple Cider Vinegar in 5 Easy Steps

This delightful vinegar recipe is easy to make—perfect for beginners.


Which Brand of Apple Cider Vinegar Should I Buy?

There are a lot of brands out there. How do you know which one's the best? I've tried a lot of ACVs and want to share my experience with you.


Grapeseed vs. Canola vs. Peanut: Which Oil Is Healthiest?

Grapeseed oil is lauded as a healthy cooking oil for its high nutritional value. But how does it compare with canola and peanut, two other cooking oils that are also considered beneficial for good health?


Homemade Cooking Spray Recipe

Making your own cooking spray saves money, reduces the chemical additives you're putting into your body, takes 5 minutes to make, and is better for the environment and your health.


When to Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is much better than regular olive oil for your health due to the cold process during extraction. This article reviews the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil and includes several recipes.


How to Choose Healthy and Tasty Cooking Oils

Did you know that extra virgin olive oil, when used for high-temperature cooking, transforms into a poisonous pool of free radicals that ravage the human body? Learn how choosing the right cooking oil can protect your health.


Review of the Olive & Vine Store in the Houston Heights

Olive & Vine is a Houston boutique that sells top-quality extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars. Taste before you buy, and learn about the health benefits for both.


Ideas for Cooking With Walnut Oil

Walnut oil is one of those oils you don't hear much about, but it is fantastic. Learn how to use it in your everyday cooking.