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Old 03-04-2015, 10:04 AM   #1
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Fake Olive Oil: What You Need To Know

This has been known for years, especially with Italian olive oil, which has made me avoid Italian olive oil over the years. I also recall a piece on 60 minutes many years ago about it.
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Just buy it at Costco and you'll be fine.
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Just buy it at Costco and you'll be fine.
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There are more olive oil flavors than are available at Costco. For different flavors, We go to a local olive oil store for some; and also purchase via olive oil subscription from a place in Temecula California
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There are more olive oil flavors than are available at Costco. For different flavors, We go to a local olive oil store for some; and also purchase via olive oil subscription from a place in Temecula California

What place is that in Temecula? It's nearby and could be fun to check it out.
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What place is that in Temecula? It's nearby and could be fun to check it out.
The Temecula Olive Oil Company 100% California Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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The Temecula Olive Oil Company 100% California Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Oh, they're in Old Town. Thanks!
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There are more olive oil flavors than are available at Costco. For different flavors, We go to a local olive oil store for some; and also purchase via olive oil subscription from a place in Temecula California
We have a local vinegar and oil store in Portland. We've been buying flavored olive oils and vinegars for gifts for friends instead of wine. It's something different and it's fun to shop there.
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Yes, the subject of fake olive oil has come up before on this forum. One can find many news articles describing how pervasive this fraudulent trade is all around the world. What I find most impressive is that even Italians who use olive oil all their life still get fooled.
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FWIW, Costco also sells Avocado Oil which I use in place of Olive Oil about half the time.
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FWIW, Costco also sells Avocado Oil which I use in place of Olive Oil about half the time.
Yes, I got that avocado oil for the high temp roasting I like to do. Then I drizzle a little OO over it when I take it out of the oven for the flavor.
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After listening to some investigative reports on the fakery in olive oil, especially anything imported, and some reviews by America's Test Kitchen, I only buy California olive oil now.
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Is it safe to say the UC Davis Olive Center is an unbiased source of research, especially when it comes to comparing and rating oils produced in California vs Europe? Their mission statement
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The UC Davis Olive Center is a self-funded university/industry coalition that seeks to do for olives what UC Davis did for wine.
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Is it safe to say the UC Davis Olive Center is an unbiased source of research, especially when it comes to comparing and rating oils produced in California vs Europe? Their mission statement
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Just buy it at Costco and you'll be fine.
That place is trash just as any other big box place years ago. Just in fashion the last few years. Go local is your best bet.
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Go local is your best bet.
Not many olive groves in Denver.
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That place is trash just as any other big box place years ago. Just in fashion the last few years. Go local is your best bet.
Sorry dude - it's not trash as folks testing the Kirkland organic EVOO will tell you. Neither is a lot of stuff they carry.

No olive harvest in Texas. Plenty of lard around here but I'm not ready to adopt it as my cooking fat of choice.
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If you are lucky enough to have good access.
Fresh pressed, lightly filtered olive oil bears little resemblance to the mass marketed machine oil no matter what the country of origin.
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Regarding Texas, there are several olive oil producers there. I have purchased some of their product. An internet search will find them. here is a article Texas producers find new oil fields—olive groves

Regarding Colorado, there are local purveyors of imported and domestic olive oil with a traceable source. We often go to Oliverde, but a search of "colorado olive oil stores" reveals a plethora of stores.
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Oh! I misunderstood your statement. I thought you meant locally "produced." I have no problem finding suppliers of "good" Olive Oil in Denver.

In any event, I am more of a Lard/Tallow/ Butter guy. FWIW, however, Olive, Avocado, and Coconut/Palm are the only vegetable oils I find acceptable for health reasons (behind the above saturated fats, of course).
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