Goodful·Posted on May 20, 2018Here's The Difference Between Olive Oil And Extra-Virgin Olive OilTurns out, the two are actually pretty different.by Gyan YankovichBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink I have a confession to make: Until recently, I didn't know the difference between olive oil and extra-virgin olive oil. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF FOX / Via giphy.com I've always bought extra-virgin because I assumed it was extra-fancy, extra-delicious, and extra-good-for-everything. I used it for cooking, dressing, and everything else in between. But it turns out, there actually is a difference between the two — a big difference. In fact, the two types of olive oil are suited to completely different uses. @olindaolives / Via instagram.com The main difference between olive oil and extra-virgin olive oil is smoke point, aka the temperature at which they burn. Zeljkosantrac / Getty Images Extra-virgin olive oil is a higher quality than your regular olive oil, so it's always going to be more expensive. It also has a lower smoke point than olive oil, meaning it will burn faster if you're cooking at high temperatures. Since regular olive oil is cheaper and has a higher smoke point, it makes for a better multipurpose cooking oil. Since extra-virgin oil is more expensive, you should save it for dressings, bread dipping, making hummus, and other things where you'll actually taste it. Courtneyk / Getty Images It's also worth noting that since extra-virgin olive oil is an unrefined oil, it will expire within two years, even if stored properly. So, make sure you use it! So, there you have it: Olive oil and extra-virgin olive oil actually are different! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF youtube.com And now you know what's best for what.