Can You Answer These Questions About Olive Oil?

Ready to test your olive oil knowledge? See how many of these questions you can answer correctly! Question 1 What are the best ways to know if an olive oil is extra virgin? (Choose all that apply) Check the label for a seal from a sensory and certification panel, like Applied Sensory, that says ‘Certified … Read more

Olive Oil 101: What You Need to Know

Despite being a common kitchen staple, there is a lot to know about extra virgin olive oil! The process of growing olives and milling them into oil has developed over many years, and has been adapted to a number of growing regions. Here is some of the basic, need-to-know information about extra virgin olive oil, … Read more

Reduce Food Waste with These Recipes

A close-up photo of the long carrot tops of about a dozen carrots.

At California Olive Ranch, we are farmers with a strong connection to the land. We do our best to minimize our footprint and grow olives in a way that takes care of Earth’s resources. And while we can take big steps on our ranches and in our mill to be more sustainable, the small decisions … Read more

Keep It Simple With These Delicious 5-Ingredient Recipes

Simplicity is a beautiful thing. Imagine a grocery list with five items or less, a recipe with only four steps. Minimalist eating is all about quality over quantity of ingredients – leveraging real ingredients with big flavor and combining them in satisfying yet simple recipes. Each of the following recipes have only five simple ingredients … Read more

Easy Ways to Add More Extra Virgin Olive Oil to Your Meals

Yes it’s true, you can cook with extra virgin olive oil! A high-quality extra virgin olive oil is perfectly suitable for cooking, frying, sautéing, poaching, dressing and baking. It is a heart-healthy fat, high in polyphenols, that lends a little extra something special to your favorite dishes. It’s a versatile ingredient, and can replace other fats … Read more

A Harvest-Inspired Meal to Welcome Autumn

A harvest inspired meal with extra virgin olive oil.

We love this time of year. Not only is our own olive harvest just a week away – the time of year we finally get to see the fruits of our labor become extra virgin olive oil! – but so many other crops are being harvested in California, too. The harvest season is rewarding, exhausting, busy, and … Read more

What To Do With All Your Summer Produce

Is your summer garden producing more green beans than you can keep up with? Were those farmers market tomatoes too gorgeous to pass up? Many of us find ourselves with a surplus of summer produce in these months of abundant fresh fruits and vegetables. Instead of letting them go to waste, try these three recipes … Read more

How to Reduce Waste in the Kitchen with Sasha Swerdloff

Recently, we’ve been trying our best to provide tips and inspiration to help you reduce waste and create a more sustainable kitchen. And we know we aren’t the only ones! Our friend Sasha Swerdloff, the woman behind Tending the Table, is committed to living a more sustainable lifestyle too, and has graciously shared some of … Read more

Three Easy Recipes to Make with Edible Flowers

We’re all about seasonality over here, and Spring is a time of year that we especially love celebrating. Color returns to our plates after what feels like months of a winter color palette, and we do our best to fully take advantage of Spring’s emergence. So, what better way to take full advantage of the … Read more

How to Eat Like a Minimalist

Have you been following the minimalism trend? The minimalist lifestyle is a refreshing shift from the ‘never-enough’ mentality that manifests itself in our closets, cupboards, and kitchens too. Minimalism asks us to reframe the ‘more is better’ mentality and instead choose to only keep what we use and love. A minimalist cook turns a few … Read more

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