Tip, Trick & a Recipe: Olive Oil How-Tos

Here’s today’s TRICK:

Have you ever spilled olive oil or any other kind of oil for that matter? What a mess! The way to clean it up easily is to sprinkle a thick layer of flour over the top and let the flour absorb the oil (usually takes a few minutes). Then use a brush or some paper toweling to sweep it right into your dustpan and toss. Clean the area that was spilled on with some Windex or something similar to remove the oil and flour residues.

And here’s a TIP:

If you buy your olive oil in huge gallon-sized cans, you know the glug, glug, slosh problem resulting in spills that these big containers produce! The way around that is to even out the flow. You do that by introducing oxygen to the can on the opposite side of the pouring spout—use a church-key and open ‘er up!

And your RECIPE:

Classic Vinaigrette

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Servings 0.75 cup


  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Fresh ground pepper


  • In a bowl, plop all ingredients, except olive oil. Using a wire whisk, mix all ingredients well.
  • Keep whisking and add olive oil in a steady stream. That’s all there is to it.


Variations on a Theme:
You can add a clove of pressed garlic to make a garlic vinaigrette, snip fresh herbs in it or even change out the vinegar for a different flavor. For an Asian flavor, try changing out the balsamic for rice wine vinegar and use 1/2 olive oil and 2 tablespoons of sesame oil.
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