What is the best EVOO commonly found in most grocery stores?

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  1. abefroman

    abefroman

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    What is the best EVOO commonly found in most grocery stores?

    I bought the on sale stuff on and its terrible, no flavor at all and the color is a real pale yellow (the label says first cold press).

    What is the best one major grocery stores carry?
     
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  2. phatch

    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    Colavita would be my guess.
     
  3. gonefishin

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      Hi Abe,

       What are you after?  For a very general use olive oil I use Colavita, which is found at all the grocery stores in the area.  

       For better olive oil I can't urge you enough to go up to The City Olive, in Chicago.  I used to spend all kinds of money searching for that next great tasting olive oil.  But once I started ordering some fresh harvested Olive oil's directly from the producers it changed the way I looked at olive oil.  

       Because the way I looked at olive oil had changed I started looking for specialty shops that supplied a superior products.  Most stores offered some higher priced olive oil and I remember the disappointment I would have when the higher priced bottles gave NO indication of the quality of the oil.  In fact...many of the bottles were a flat out waste of money.

       The only place that I've found that has satisfied my Olive Oil needs is The City Olive.  The owner and staff are both quite knowledgeable on oil and vinegar...and they have lots of samples of both!  Not only do they have lots of samples but they're willing to spend some time with you as well...while you sample the different oils.  The price per bottle is a little higher than what you may normally pay...but I've found that it's money well spent.  The price may be higher per bottle...but I'm nearly always assured that every bottle I buy is going to be worth the money.  

        There's too much difference between Arbequina and Picual olives to look at one characteristic of an olive oil as an indication for quality.  You can have an beautiful arbequina that's got a deep complex color with a brash grassy taste that's in your face and has some bark in it's after bite...something that screams early harvest.  But then you can have very polite French olive oil that hasn't got much to provide in it's color...but it's so smooth and satisfying it can't be overlooked.

       In fact, I'm finding that there's just too much difference from olive to olive, region to region, harvest to harvest to give any one bottle of olive oil a nod as your favorite.  

        (there I go again /img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif  )

       dan
     
  4. abefroman

    abefroman

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    Thanks!  Will check out TCO!

    R u a Cubs or Sox fan?
     
     
  5. gonefishin

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      /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif   Cubs  (although I'm not a Sox hater)
     
  6. shroomgirl

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    Colavita is pretty easy to access and a standard in 3L can for general cooking.

    Luciana single estate, first press is a good one too.

    Vom Fass has some interesting oils/vinagers/booze

    Whole Foods carries some outrageous oils....they will sample them out on request..

    Their 365 brand is decent.
     
  7. shroomgirl

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    oh yeah, Cardinals  (STL)
     
  8. abefroman

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    LOL, cool! 

    My 2 favorite teams are the Cubs and whoever beat the Cardinals. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
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  9. shroomgirl

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    Chortle
     
  10. abefroman

    abefroman

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    Thanks!  I got the Colavita, it is not the cheapest, but worth it.
     
  11. gypsy2727

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    I've got a Secret!

                               My sister's mother-in-law has Greek EVOO sent over from her farm in Greece! It is Liquid Gold. The name is Helen's Olive Oil. ( in the family of course only...sorry lol) I will never go back to anything else. I have made simple focaccia with it and also put it on the side for dipping and people go mad for it!

    close knit families are gooooooood for some things!
     
  12. petalsandcoco

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    Here ! Here !

    My sister lives in Cyprus and brings her goodies over as well. Olive oil is one of them (lots of it) .

    Carob paste is another, but the grandest thing is "walnuts in syrup" (soft, moist, cut into thin slices on ice cream or a tall glass of ice water )......there a few things that can make my heart go pitter-patter and those are one.

    I wish I knew where to get them on this side.