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Old 01-05-2015, 03:01 AM   #11
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There are many types of olives with different flavors, just like grapes for wine, so trying "an expensive olive oil" means you've tried only one of several out there. There is a range of flavors from sweet and grassy to peppery to bitter.

An EVOO/balsamic vinegar store opened near my brother at least 10 years ago and I spent an afternoon tasting them. Talking to the owner was like talking to a wine sommelier. So much fun! Then, a few years later, a similar store opened in my area and I was thrilled that I didn't have to order it online anymore.

So if there's one near you, give it a try. It's really nice having an amazing olive oil to use for salad, pesto, etc. I don't cook with it, though. Cooking changes the flavor and it's too expensive to use it that much.

More info: http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/09/g...varieties.html
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Old 01-05-2015, 03:15 AM   #12
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We actually have a store called " The Crushed Olive"

The Crushed Olive - Gourmet Olive Oils, Infused Flavored Olive Oil & Specialty Balsamic Vinegars

Infused olive oils and vinegars. They even have occasional cooking classes as well.

I havent been there in a bit
I encourage you to check it out
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Old 01-05-2015, 03:19 AM   #13
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There's a good chance I may prefer the cheap stuff , I just want to do a comparison to see what ( if anything) I'm missing out on or if it would make any noticeable difference in whatever Im cooking.
And you might! When we get to BJ's, I buy their brand for cooking, but not for raw or lightly cooked dishes.
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Larry

You're lucky, as your location makes this an easy prospect.

Look up the nearest Fairway supermarket. Get in your car and drive there.

I love Fairway and their house Olive oils have been my go to for 15 years now. They have a large olive oil department with loads of choices but what I use is their oils which they have imported from all over the world and bottled themselves. They have a tasting bar for these oils and good descriptions of their qualities. The prices are reasonable for the quality.

Then shop all the other terrific areas of the store!



http://www.fairwaymarket.com/departments/

FAIRWAY OLIVE OIL, AND MUCH, MUCH MORE
At Fairway, we’re olive oil geniuses. We’ve travelled the world and brought you back the very best oils from small family growers and millers who have been perfecting their craft for generations. These olive oils are shipped directly to Fairway in 200-liter barrels; we bottle and label them. The result: fresher, tastier oil than anywhere, at wonderful prices. We've made it our life's work to go to tiny towns in Portugal, in France, in Sicily, the kinds of off-the-beaten-path places most would never bother to explore, so that you don't have to go anywhere besides your Fairway for exquisite and highly tasty finds."
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Old 01-05-2015, 09:14 AM   #15
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They recently opened a Fairway near me ( about 10 miles away). Ill be sure to check it out.
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They are terrific stores!
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Old 01-05-2015, 10:01 AM   #17
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Not sure if these 2 brands have been mentioned but for cooking I use Zoe and for dressings and dips I use Olive Oak Ranch...

A good way to try different oils is "home goods/marshalls stores, they have a little kitchen section that always has bottles of oil littered here and there, I have gotten some good deals, oils marked $80 a bottle for $7 {in date}, some have been OK, and some have been excellent, actually how I found olive oak ranch, and its about the best I have ever tasted... I cook with it too, but its kind of expensive for lubricating onions and garlic, I honestly cant tell the difference between many olive oils once they are cooked with all the other flavors. But for dips, dressings, and in and on my breads, I LOVE the olive oak, give it a try, its really nice stuff..
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Old 01-05-2015, 11:38 AM   #18
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Both, Just something that someone would consider higher quality. There are too many bottles on the shelf for me to experiment with.
The reason I ask is because I use different olive oils depending on whether or not I'm cooking with it.

For cooking, the one I buy most often is Whole Food's 365 California Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It has a mild flavor and the price in this area is usually less than $5 for a 16 oz (?) bottle.

For salads or finishing/dipping oil for vegetables, I usually buy something from a local specialty shop. The one advantage to shopping at these places is that you can usually taste everything before you buy. The disadvantage is that the prices are fairly high. But I've found the quality to be very good, and some of the oils are very nuanced and delicious.
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I also like California Olive Ranch. $9 -12 for the liter bottle depending on where you buy it.
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Old 01-05-2015, 12:46 PM   #20
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I have been buying and using with success Kirklands Extra Virgin olive oil. Imported from Italy. Costco brand.

I was watching the "Cooking" magazine show yesterday and they did a small segment on olive oils.
He said the US was the dumping grounds for European olive oils. Oils that did not always meet the high standards in the European market.
The two oils the staff picked were both almost $40 a liter.
A bit to high priced for me. Especially since I would not know unless someone told me what i was using was sub standard.
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