Q: Extra virgin, first cold press, virgin, refined, pure, lampante… So many words to classify olive oil. Most of its grades are for cooking food, others are for baptizing in churches, some are for salads, others for frying, and the lampante can’t be eaten at all. We know that olive oil is a useful natural product, but some of the fantastic recipes demand warming it up a little. Can we microwave olive oil? If yes, will it lose its miraculous properties?
Can I Microwave Olive Oil?
The answers are always so controversial.
Some people tend to reply that microwaving olive oil is just fine, others insist of never doing something that stupid.
Here’s the truth to reveal: olive oil can be heated in a microwave oven just in case it is used in small quantities as a part of a complex recipe.
You better avoid microwaving olive oil itself in a big bowl, because you risk getting burns.
The matter is that the microwave oven is a place where water molecules usually vibrate thus heating up the product.
Olive oil contains tiny amount of water so it takes a lot of energy and time to heat it. There’s nothing in it to vibrate! Instead, the bowl may get overheated and hurt you when you’ll be taking the dish out of the oven.
Italian scientists say that you should never heat olive oil and here’s why:
- Extra virgin olive oil is considered extremely healthy (more antioxidants than any other oil contains and phenolic compounds which protect against cancer.)
- Many nutritionists suggest adding extra virgin olive oil to all of your dishes. But do not fry, boil or microwave it. Any heating of olive oil destroys all the good, so your extra virgin oil will transform into normal oil similar in properties with other vegetable products.
Nevertheless, do not be discouraged. You can use and still heat in the microwave other types of olive oil to cook a variety of delicacies or even make a hair mask.
How to Roast Garlic in Olive Oil in the Microwave?
Garlic is usually roasted for 45 minutes in the oven, but it will take you as little as 8 minutes to do the same thing in the microwave.
- Cut off the top part to expose the cloves
- Place in a small, deep dish (NOT metal)
- Season with salt and pepper
- Sprinkle with two tablespoons of good olive oil
- Pour two tablespoons of water on the bottom of the dish
- Seal with film or plastic and microwave for 7-7.5 minutes at average power
- Let stand for a couple of minutes before opening
Microwaving Lasagna with Olive Oil in a Cup
Ready-made pasta sheets for lasagna – 2 pcs
Water – 180 ml
Mortadella – 50 g
Ricotta – 50 g
Cheddar – 20 g
Tomato sauce -3 tbs
Olive oil – 1 tsp
Break the lasagna sheets according to the size of the heat-resistant cup in which you will cook it.
In a separate bowl, combine water and olive oil. Place the sheets there and send to the microwave for 3-4 minutes. The pasta should be soft.
Put the ingredients to the cup in layers like this: tomato sauce, lasagna sheet, a little spinach, finely chopped sausage, and ricotta. Repeat the layers until the cup is full. Sprinkle with grated hard cheese on top.
Bake in the microwave for 2-3 minutes at maximum power.
How to Make a Hair Mask with Olive Oil Using Microwave?
Olive oil – 1/3 cup
Castor oil – 1/3 cup
Mix the oils in a microwave safe glass or a ceramic container.
Warm up the mixture in the microwave oven for 20 seconds.
Distribute on your hair from roots to ends. Forget about it for 1.5 hours.
Wash off with your regular shampoo and enjoy more elastic, shiny and healthy curls!