They have a ton of choices and I don't know what to pick. Is the most expensive EVOO the best one to get? Help, I'm in the aisle right now.
Just assume you're not getting what you think you're paying for and select the one with prettiest bottle at a price you're willing to pay.
Buying EVOO is a total crapshoot.
It's a matter of your taste, OP.
I'd go with a mid-priced option - Italian not Greek.
Poor-quality olive oil will congeal into white sludge if placed in the fridge. Sadly, most olive oils on the market today do just that. I personally recommend Antonio Celentano - it is 'virgin' enough to remain liquid even while cold.
Do you have a Trader Joe's nearby? This is one of the many items they should your go to for. Get their California Estate. Affordable and nice quality.
Always pick "extra virgin" cold-pressed Olive Oil. And don't buy the Walmart brand
So what's the cheapest olive oil that you can buy for cooking, that has real health benefits? Online I've heard it's all a bait and switch scam.
I like Terra Medi or Columela for extra virgin. Not that picky about regular olive oil for cooking.
I am using the Kroger brand olive oil at the moment. The label says it is cold pressed extra virgin oil.
Tastes like olive oil, not too heavy, not too light.
I am a struggling attorney, and if it is not as labeled, I will be a rich attorney leading a multistate class-action suit.
I went to Amazon and looked at the reviews and descriptions. And took my time about it. Don't care to stare at stuff in overcrowded stores.
Which one works the best as a lube?
This olive oil is fantastic -- I even give it as gifts and friends love it.
"The great olive oil fraud: 70 percent of the extra virgin olive oil sold worldwide is watered down with soy oil! Real EVOO solidifies when it’s cold.
Costco’s Kirkland Signature Extra Virgin Olive Oil (First Cold Pressed) does usually solidify when refrigerated, in my experience. There have been times when it hasn’t."
You thought you were making an informed health choice by using extra-virgin olive oil in place of cheaper, low-quality cooking oils, right? You probably never thought that a tiny, expensive bottle of EVOO might be cut with crap or doctored with chlorophyll to make it taste like olive oil — when in fact it was soybean or another health-compromising, cheap oil. According to Tom Mueller, the fearless author of Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, 70 percent of the extra virgin olive oil sold worldwide is watered down with other oils and enhancers making them far from virgins and more like sidewalk hookers on the corner of 10th and Main — not exactly good for your health or your pocketbook.
Mueller exposes the billion dollar industry, showing how EVOO is compromised world-wide. During volunteer testing by suppliers to authenticate what they thought were pure extra virgin olive oils, every brand submitted in Australia during 2012 failed the tests and none gained certification for being pure. Authentication tests at UC Davis in 2011 uncovered similar results."
The UC Davis tests R23 mentions found that most Italian imports are fake. The brands that come from California were generally found to be true 'extra virgin olive oil.'
Consumer Reports did analysis and found similar results. Their tasters liked Trader Joe's California Estate. It was also one of the cheapest brands tested. Kirkland Signature Select Toscano (Costco brand) was also highly rated and cheap.
Do you trust The Business Insider? Read up on scams.
You laugh, R21 but olive oil makes for great wank lube. Especially for a long jack off session.
Your dick ends up smelling like French fries but it's worth it.
R26, Is olive oil that much better than baby oil?
So Bertolli is crap?
The secret to delicious olive oil is to leave it up on the top shelf and re-discover it 20 years later for frying things like, I don't know, catfish nuggets.
Bertolli is excellent. Colavita is big box store crap, it isn't even the right color.
We use peanut oil for everything.
Actually, R28 and R30, Consumer Reports rates Bertolli 'Fair' and Colavita slightly better at 'Good.'
R32 = dutiful little soldier, reporting on what the MAN says instead of self-investigation.
[quote] Is the most expensive EVOO the best one to get?
What the hell do you think?
R3/7 is wrong if it stays liquid it is NOT olive oil.
Bertolli is fake R30, but enjoy. It has a lot of soy oil.
Don't really like the olive flavor and have moved on to grapeseed oil.
[quote]How do you pick olive oil?
I yam what I yam
I'd like to know this as well. Been hearing that olive oil is fake for years. It's a scandal it's allowed to go on.
I just buy extra virgin olive oil and hope for the best.
Anyone know if olive oil from countries other than Italy (the mafia connection) is more likely to be for real? E.g. Spain, Greece. I have heard if it's Californian it is, but I'm based in Europe.
R3, are you sure? I've always heard the exact opposite. The dressing I made with extra virgin olive oil congealed in the fridge, yet the grapeseed oil I keep in there is fine.
R39, all we know is that olive oil imported from Europe to the US is largely fake or adulterated. Maybe oil produced in Europe for the domestic market is different.
I third the Trader Joe's California Estate. It's the best, it's real, and it's cheap. Thank god for Trader Joe's in general.
If you have a Fairway near you, I suggest checking it out. The one near me (Brooklyn) has samples of every olive oil that they carry. A great way to figure out what you like. Right now I use Trevi-Umbrian, I think it's about $15 a bottle.
I also like Frantoia Barbera. I buy it at Coloccio's in Bensonhurst.
Sorry, OP. We're lucky enough to have our own stand of olives and have been making our own oil for the last five years. I'd hate to have to go back to the commercial stuff - no matter how expensive it is, it still doesn't taste as good as ours.
Anyone else want to strangle R42?
Anyone try O & CO? They have some shops in upscale malls. They even have flavors like Lemon, Chili and basil olive oil.