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Sep 1, 2006 03:01 PM

inexpensive, but good, olive oil? [Moved from Home Cooking]

can anyone recommend a decent-tasting and decent-priced olive oil? ie. what's a good 'find'? i'm planning to get one of those nice olive oil bottles, and then just fill it from a can.


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  1. I caution against buying large quantities of olive oil unless you run a restaurant or have an unusually large family. I made that mistake once and ended up with 1/2 gallon of rancid oil ($$) which I had to throw out. Good olive oil seems to be a matter of taste. I suggest you visit an Italian deli or grocery store in your area when they have a tasting and sample their wares. I use EVOO for salad dressing and regular for sauteeing during the week. Buy in small enough quanities you can make flavored oils with garlic or herbs. Buy a pretty bottle and refill from a 16-32 oz. bottle.

    1. I agree. Go to store like Oil & Vinegar or another speciality store where they let you sample. Then pick from there. Also, it will depend what you want to use it for. You'll need a different type of oil for cooking, frying (hey, some people use OO), drizzling, and maybe one for salad dressings.


      1. CI recently tested supermarket extra virgin olive oils and DaVinci came out on top.

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        1. re: pikawicca

          I am glad I reread this thread. I hadn't read that the result was DaVinci, thanks for that info. I will buy it next time in the market

          1. re: iL Divo

            I thought that Colavita did? Or perhaps Colavita was the next best in my price range... at any rate, I know they were up there. I buy Colavita in the 32 ounce bottles for around $17.

            1. re: happybellynh

              Results change year to year. DaVinci won years ago.

              1. re: Bada Bing

                I use DaVinci. I've never found anything else that would cause me to switch; it's outstanding for the price.

                1. re: jmckee

                  I think of DaVinci as one of the reliable moderately priced brands. Partanna and Lucini have also never let me down.

                  Often I've liked Colavita, but once or twice not so much--not sure why--age, year?

                  Spanish oils are not to be overlooked. Columela, for example.

        2. thanks- this is good advice. i'm actually not much of a drizzler usually, so i've pretty much stuck with one type (must be regular, i guess!). so, you would recommend regular if i'm mostly using it for satueeing and pan-frying? and i'll just stick with a 32-oz. bottle, i guess.

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          1. re: melle76

            Well, I use an Extra Virgin except for when deep frying. But, a regular virgin is probably fine. I just don't like heat treated oils so I avoid the really cheap and light colored ones.

            Also, only go for a really expensive single-estate if you're gonna have it plain. With cooking, once you add lemon and garlic, the subtlties of the really fruity oils are lost.


          2. Melle, Believe it or not, the Costco brand olive oil is very good and exceptionally well priced. (This is the Kirkland brand in the green glass bottle; not the big plastic Bertolli stuff they also sell.)

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            1. re: Walters

              I agree. I also like the WF 365 brand and sometimes I buy Colavita.

              1. re: MMRuth

                Yes, Colavita makes a good extra virgin.

              2. re: Walters

                I really like the Costco olive oil too. I grew up in Greecce where olive oil rivals the Italian stuff and I am very pleased with the Kirkland stuff.

                1. re: iLoveFood

                  Good to know. I buy the Kirkland brand in the green bottle as well. And if I am not near a Costco, Trader Joe's sells a great one. It's their Spanish one, it's not their most popular seller, but it taste great as well.