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Old 01-07-2020, 01:59 AM   #1
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What is your favourite Olive Oil?

For once, I'm going to ask a serious question.

Having just experienced 2 Xmas bazaars, I was left with the distinct feeling that everyone looks for something NEW. 3 items were particularily successful; a hot garlic sauce, an Indian condiment called Kasundi, and a neat little concoction I called "Christmas Chutney"!
Next year I want to import some decent, but not TOOOOO expensive, Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Most decent brands here sell at about $10 a bottle (500cc, 750cc or 1lt), but it's always the same old stuff; El Gallo, La Española, Monaco, Colavita, Di Cecco, Bertorelli. I want to find something different. It could be a little more expensive, it could just be a little out of the way ( Turkish or Greek, for example). Project for this year, then - learn all about olive oil.

And that is where you can all help, with your vast experience in things culinary. Any suggestions, ideas, thoughts, brand names that you love?

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Old 01-07-2020, 07:29 AM   #2
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The good olive oil I like doesn't have a brand name - it's sold from casks in a specialty store and decanted into bottles with the name and logo of the store on it. The store carries dozens of plain and infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars. They cost between $17 and $25 per bottle, depending on the size.

The interesting thing I learned about olive oil is that it's much like wine - different types of olives grown in different places, harvested at different times of the year, all produce different-tasting oils. The store I buy from has oils from both the northern and southern hemispheres, so there's always something fresh from the most recent season.

I think that's all I know about the business of olive oil Good luck.
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Hi and welcome to Discuss Cooking

The good olive oil I like doesn't have a brand name - it's sold from casks in a specialty store and decanted into bottles with the name and logo of the store on it. The store carries dozens of plain and infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars. They cost between $17 and $25 per bottle, depending on the size.

The interesting thing I learned about olive oil is that it's much like wine - different types of olives grown in different places, harvested at different times of the year, all produce different-tasting oils. The store I buy from has oils from both the northern and southern hemispheres, so there's always something fresh from the most recent season.

I think that's all I know about the business of olive oil Good luck.
That's like single-origin coffee beans. Wonder why somebody hasn't done for olive oil what Sweet Maria's did for coffee. I wish I had a source for olive oil in my price range. Best I've found is the super-market brand Private Selection California Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Not sure if that link will work for everybody. I've also bought the Zoe brand.
GotGarlic, why don't you plug your store here. Maybe they would ship, if not to mactuan12 in Viet Nam(?), at least to West Tennessee.
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I like California Olive Ranch.
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Old 01-07-2020, 10:30 AM   #5
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skilletlicker, this is my local store: http://www.savortheolive.com/

It looks like they do ship their goods. The only problem with that is that you can't taste the oils and vinegars first. I forgot to mention that before - the shop is a tasting room, so you can try before you buy, which is great for us, because DH likes the "robust," bitter oils and I like the lighter, "grassy" ones.

I should clarify that we only use the expensive olive oils for raw foods like salads, bread and drizzling on cooked foods. For cooking, I usually use the Kroger brand evoo, which I understand is probably a blend of lesser quality olives and may not actually be extra virgin. For my purposes, it's fine.
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The first time I went to a specialty store like Savor the Olive, I was visiting my brother and his wife in Oak Park, IL, just outside Chicago. The first time I smelled strawberry balsamic vinegar, my mouth watered before I even tasted it It was amazing.

Before Savor the Olive opened, I ordered olive oil and balsamic vinegar from there; there are other places like it around the country. You might want to compare prices and shipping costs and see what works best for you.

https://www.oliveandwell.com/
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The first time I went to a specialty store like Savor the Olive, I was visiting my brother and his wife in Oak Park, IL, just outside Chicago. The first time I smelled strawberry balsamic vinegar, my mouth watered before I even tasted it It was amazing.

Before Savor the Olive opened, I ordered olive oil and balsamic vinegar from there; there are other places like it around the country. You might want to compare prices and shipping costs and see what works best for you.

https://www.oliveandwell.com/


I agree on the balsamic vinegar. Are u sure u want to get into Olive Oil business. Imo you have better chance with balsamic vinegar. Many white label also. I like aged raspberry balsamic myself. :)
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https://www.oilvinegar.com/en-us/ another choice to price check.
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