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Old 07-31-2008, 03:24 PM   #11
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Also, even good and great quality olive oils can develop bitterness if they are blended with a stand or immersion blender. If you're going to incorporate it in something like a salad dressing, it's usually better to whisk it in.
That is really interesting. i had never heard that before. Do you know the reason it happens?
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That is really interesting. i had never heard that before. Do you know the reason it happens?
I'm not too sure; there's no scientific explanation for it, but it does happen. Multiple chefs that I have worked under preached this and I have found this out many times through trial and error. It could be that the oil + another ingredient (I'm thinking it's mainly garlic) produces that bitterness when they are pureed together. It's not just the garlic itself because the same recipe using something like canola or grapeseed oil does not yield the same bitterness.
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That IC. That is really interesting.
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I think it also has to do something with maybe either the heat from the blades, or the agitation that it causes. Because if you puree the base without the oil, and then whisk the oil in later, you won't get that bitterness.
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I think it also has to do something with maybe either the heat from the blades, or the agitation that it causes. Because if you puree the base without the oil, and then whisk the oil in later, you won't get that bitterness.
Good to know , thanks for sharing that information.
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i use frantoia, zoe, lucini, and a greek brand called pegasus.

i like my olive oils to taste smooth & buttery with a slight almond taste and a MILD peppery finish.

of the brands i listed above, the frantoia is consistently "consistent."

the pegasus brand is suprisingly good for 1/3rd the cost of the frantoia.
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i use frantoia, zoe, lucini, and a greek brand called pegasus.

i like my olive oils to taste smooth & buttery with a slight almond taste and a MILD peppery finish.

of the brands i listed above, the frantoia is consistently "consistent."

the pegasus brand is suprisingly good for 1/3rd the cost of the frantoia.
thanks for the information, I will check into it.
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Old 08-04-2008, 11:16 AM   #18
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This is an interesting thread. I must have been buying the wrong brands all these years because I hate olive oil. Maybe the suggestions above will prove to improve my thoughts on olive oil.
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Old 08-04-2008, 11:33 AM   #19
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Callisto, there are so many different olive oils and they each taste different. It is just like wine. Some are sweeter than others and some are more dry (wines that is). Try a number of different types and you will probably find one you like.
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:41 PM   #20
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i use frantoia, zoe, lucini, and a greek brand called pegasus.

i like my olive oils to taste smooth & buttery with a slight almond taste and a MILD peppery finish.

of the brands i listed above, the frantoia is consistently "consistent."

the pegasus brand is suprisingly good for 1/3rd the cost of the frantoia.
I checked Wegman's store, they had the Lucini , so I bought that one. I like the oil , thanks for the suggestions.
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