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Old 02-02-2015, 02:51 PM   #1
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Question Olive oil question

I like eating and cooking with olive oil. I always buy the extra virgin kind. I have tried many different brands but find them all taste the same, yet their prices range from$6 up. Am I missing something, they all taste the same to me. from the cheapest to the expensive.

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Old 02-02-2015, 03:02 PM   #2
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I can't speak for EVOO made from American grown olives but generally over here Spanish, Greek and Italian taste different to me. They can vary in strength of flavour too.


Buy what you like best. There is a lot of preciousness about EVOO but I doubt your friends and family are going to judge you on the basis of your olive oil,
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:07 PM   #3
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To repeat my mantra , you will not find high-quality extra virgin olive oil in the grocery store. You need to find a specialty store where you can taste them before buying.

Check out this discussion we had last month: Looking for Good Quality Olive Oil.
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If you're heating olive oil all of the great nuances are lost.

Around here the good stuff is to finish a dish (a drizzle in your soup, across the top of your hummus, etc.), for salad dressings, for marinating vegetables, or for anything else that isn't cooked.

Butter / ghee or coconut oil are the things I use to saute. I don't deep fat fry anything so can't even offer an alternative for that.
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Old 02-03-2015, 12:29 AM   #5
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Good point, Z. I meant to make that distinction but forgot. I use Bertolli for cooking and evoo from the specialty store for everything else. I don't deep-fry either.
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Old 02-03-2015, 03:17 PM   #6
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Problem is that sometimes here we do not get pure oil, i mean from one source. You see it on the bottle a lot: "made from Spanish, Italian, etc. oil"
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I have noticed, but I need to look more at the labels. Like the bottle I have now Cento brand, Pure olive oil, then on the label it says packed in Italy, oil from italy and spain. Next time I buy some, I look at the labels a lot closer.
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Old 02-03-2015, 04:08 PM   #8
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The oils in the grocery stores are typically blends, which are fine for cooking. If you want high-quality extra virgin olive oil, you will need to find a specialty store.
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The oils in the grocery stores are typically blends, which are fine for cooking. If you want high-quality extra virgin olive oil, you will need to find a specialty store.
I've found that I can get reasonable olive oil in the large (3 liter?) cans at one of the Italian markets in Denver. I really don't know if it's pure Italian or not, as I don't have any at the moment, but it was expensive enough that it could have been stored in a vault.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:47 AM   #10
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Interesting article on choosing olive oils: http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/07/t...s-coleman.html
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