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Old 11-01-2013, 09:01 AM   #1
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Olive oil........

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I know we have a fair number of good cooks/gourmet cooks on here. I am having trouble finding a good brand of olive oil. I would like one for general use, like drizzling on food, mixing with vinegar, etc. I also am trying to find one with a higher flashpoint to use in cooking. It is harder than I thought! Any help would be greatly appreciated........
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I know we have a fair number of good cooks/gourmet cooks on here. I am having trouble finding a good brand of olive oil. I would like one for general use, like drizzling on food, mixing with vinegar, etc. I also am trying to find one with a higher flashpoint to use in cooking. It is harder than I thought! Any help would be greatly appreciated........
No expert, but EVOO for salad dressing, etc., and lesser grade for cooking. Having said that, I go to Costco for OO.
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+1 on Costco. Also Trader Joe.
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+1 on Costco. Also Trader Joe.
It might help if I was a member at COSTCO..............guess its on the to-do list........
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+1 from DW on Kirkland olive oil (Costco brand)
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Costco is the best. A recent study showed that it was one of the few EVOO in the US that was actually EVOO, as no federal council in america regulates what the terms 'extra virgin' even mean. So, lots of the other brands have lower quality oils mixed in. Not Costco, they are legit. Or anything that is certified by the California olive oil council (or whatever the name is) as California has created a state regulatory body.
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LMGTFY...

https://www.google.com/search?q=olive+oil+ratings&ie
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The OO industry is the Wild West, w/ no regulation national or int'natl. Notably exposed in this NPR piece. Caveat emptor!

Trader Joe's California Estate gets high marks here. Recently bought a bottle but haven't opened it yet.
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Amazon.com: Kirkland Signature Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2 Liters (Product of Italy): Health & Personal Care
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No expert, but EVOO for salad dressing, etc., and lesser grade for cooking. Having said that, I go to Costco for OO.
+3. Costco has fantastic prices on olive oil - premium, imported, organic - several options and the prices are all great.
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I buy oil from Costco, and trust their shoppers to do proper diligence.

There has been an ongoing sham of Mafiosi selling fake olive oil by mixing chlorophyll into vegetable oil such as canola. We had a thread on this a while back. Fake olive oil was found around the world, even in Italy! Hah, you would think Italians would know the difference, but they don't.

A quick search shows that the problem still exists. See the following Oct 2013 article: Scientists Pool Expertise in Fight Against Fake Olive Oils. In Canada, 30% of oil samples were found to be fake.
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No expert, but EVOO for salad dressing, etc., and lesser grade for cooking. Having said that, I go to Costco for OO.
I just use EVOO for everything including cooking, simplifying the shopping.
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I should have posted this thread yesterday, starting today, Amazon is charging sales tax in WI, because they opened a distribution center here.............
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I just use EVOO for everything including cooking, simplifying the shopping.
I do as well, but if the "discerning" palate can really tell the difference, I wouldn't use expensive EVOO for cooking, just for occasions where the taste is not lost to heating or other flavors... Again, though, I use Kirkland, and/or occasionally another store brand if I'm too lazy to make the trek to Costco.

As for the discerning palate, see my comments on the wine thread...
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I've been very pleased with Trader Joe's Spanish extra virgin olive oil. I won't buy any olive oil with "Italian" on the label due to widespread olive oil corruption there.

Right about this time (early November), I once saw a camel-powered olive oil press in active use in a small village in Tunisia. I could smell the wonderful aroma long before I reached it.
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Can you use any olive oil for cooking? I know some of them break down fast under high heat...........
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I do as well, but if the "discerning" palate can really tell the difference, I wouldn't use expensive EVOO for cooking, just for occasions where the taste is not lost to heating or other flavors... Again, though, I use Kirkland, and/or occasionally another store brand if I'm too lazy to make the trek to Costco.

As for the discerning palate, see my comments on the wine thread...
What discerning taste? As I reported in an earlier post, even Italians who grow up on this stuff get fooled by fake olive oil.

That said, olive oil is good for you, and if one does not mind the cost, using it for everything for health is a darn good reason. But one must have the real olive oil, not canola with chlorophyll mixed in.
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I also use EVOO for everything and buy Kirkland from Amazon.
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Can you use any olive oil for cooking? I know some of them break down fast under high heat...........
If it smokes, it's too hot for the oil you're using... Opinions vary, but it looks like olive oil has a smoke point in the 200C (392F) range.
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Can you use any olive oil for cooking? I know some of them break down fast under high heat...........
Personally, I think it might be more of a waste of good EVOO and the price of same--but I don't notice any issues re taste in sauteed chicken, roasted potatoes and other veggies. My "good" EVOO comes in a liter and costs only a few dollars more than regular olive oil, so we just buy the one type and use it for everything.
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