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Old 08-19-2005, 02:43 PM   #11
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Too bad you didn't think of us before, I could have been ther in 30 minutes and used you as an excuse to shop some more!
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Old 08-19-2005, 02:56 PM   #12
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I use evoo almost exclusively in my cooking. If I want to deep fry using a 5qt pot of oil, then I would go with pure olive oil (or canola or peanut or corn) I don't use mixed veg oils anymore. I like an oil to have a presence and purpose in my food.
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Old 08-19-2005, 06:24 PM   #13
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I also believe that not only is it the smoke point (some very good quality extra-virgin olive oils can have a smoke point as low as 93'C/200'F) but the chemical compounds that make up the 'taste' in extra-virgin olive oil are also destroyed by high heat (regular olive oil can go a little higher than ev-oo without its taste being neutered).

I tried to find the source on this, but I have forgotten whether I read it in a magazine/book/website.
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Old 08-19-2005, 07:14 PM   #14
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I use EVOO for sauteing, Canola oil for pan frying (like chicken), and peanut oil for deep frying. When a recipe calls for sauteing in butter, I use the EVOO and add just 1-2 tbls butter. If I'm making a box mix, which I do sometimes I use EVOO instead of butter.
And once in a while, I do use a little bacon grease. I know it isn't good for us, but pork fat really does rule.
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Old 08-19-2005, 07:27 PM   #15
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My grandaughter made brownies with olive oil and they were AWFUL!!!!!!!
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Old 08-19-2005, 07:41 PM   #16
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It is possible that your grandaughter's recipe called for extra-light olive oil which has a taste being quite close to neutral. Could she have used regular olive oil by mistake perhaps?

I have seen a number of cake (and similar) recipes that call for olive oil to replace the butter as the fat content, but it is generally always extra-light OO.
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Old 08-19-2005, 07:42 PM   #17
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It didn't call for olive oil at all - just oil, but it was one of her early attempts at cooking and she wanted to surprisee her mom. She did! Her mom couldn't eat them. I've seen a few baking recipes that called for olive oil - but not many.
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Old 08-19-2005, 09:18 PM   #18
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My grandaughter made brownies with olive oil and they were AWFUL!!!!!!!
I remember one Friday night when my youngest son and I made a batch of brownies with peanut oil (I was out of vegetable oil and I knew the flavor of EVOO wouldn't work). We were both avid Furgal Gourmet fans and the Frug said peanut oil was neutral and had no flavor - that's why we bought a small bottle to experiment with ... so why not use it instead of making a special trip to the store for vegetable oil?

We made them, took one bite, looked at each other, and raced to the trash can to spit it out.

I use EVOO for the majority of my cooking - if I don't want the olive flavor I use plain old regular Olive Oil. I use peanut oil only for asian stir-fry, and vegetable oils for baking.
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Old 08-19-2005, 11:18 PM   #19
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It didn't call for olive oil at all - just oil, but it was one of her early attempts at cooking and she wanted to surprisee her mom. She did! Her mom couldn't eat them. I've seen a few baking recipes that called for olive oil - but not many.
Ahhh that would be the problem then :P.
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Old 08-19-2005, 11:51 PM   #20
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Price almost doubled this week! Last week we paid $ 8.19 for a gallon..this week it was $ 15.09.....does it think it's gasoline? Is it the same in your part of the country?
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