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Trader Joe's olive oil

noya Sep 11, 2006 12:36 PM


Running out of olive oil--should I stick with my expensive stuff, or does TJ's have any great offerings?


  1. litchick Jan 21, 2008 12:54 PM

    I swear by the TJs brand Kalmata EVOO. Delicious, grassy green, and only $7 for a large bottle. Whatta deal.

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      niki rothman Sep 17, 2006 03:28 AM

      Yeah, TJ's has Too many EVOOs and not one standard non-virgin That you can cook with at high temps. I've repeatedly asked them why won't they stock it because you need that to be able to fry decently - they said it just does not sell since the fad for EVOO started.

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      1. re: niki rothman
        Robert Lauriston Sep 17, 2006 05:26 PM

        Haven't I seen pomace oil there? It has a really high smoke point.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          niki rothman Sep 17, 2006 10:21 PM

          What is pomace oil? Ruth Laffler told me about grapeseed oil for frying at high temps (TJ's has it). It tastes great and is wonderful for frying and does not have the health concerns people were mentioning about canola oil, which I had been touting for frying. Grapeseed oil is such a good product - I even used it very successfully in a pinch to make banana bread. But I'd still like to see TJ's get a nice plain mild tasting olive oil I could fry with - like for meatballs, eggplant parm. - olive oil makes it taste just that little bit better.

        2. re: niki rothman
          Das Ubergeek Sep 18, 2006 04:18 PM

          I just asked at the Studio City TJ's yesterday and was given this total BS response about drought in the Mediterranean. The stock boy who came to help told the truth -- nobody was buying the non-EVOO, so they stopped carrying it.

          I really don't want to go back to Bertolli for frying. Even my local Italian market doesn't carry regular olive oil.

        3. wowimadog Sep 14, 2006 03:25 AM

          extra-virgin, california estate and organic

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          1. re: wowimadog
            Funwithfood Sep 17, 2006 03:01 PM

            This is what I use also.

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            lynda Sep 14, 2006 01:11 AM

            lindawhit,just google olives australia and you'd be surprised.

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              Hapa Dude Sep 14, 2006 12:53 AM

              I just bought a bottle of TJ's Sicilian EVOO. Not too impressed. I liked the previous bottle I bought from TJ's - I can't remember the name right now but was from Italy and it had a white label with light green printing on it. Paulino or something?!?

              1. silverbear Sep 13, 2006 12:03 AM

                TJ's "President's Reserve" is what I buy most often. It's a good general purpose EVOO.

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                  Hunicsz Sep 12, 2006 11:11 PM

                  I just wanted to second Robert's suggestion for the TJ's Kalamata for everyday cooking. It's got good, clean flavor and you can't beat the price.

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                  1. re: Hunicsz
                    Robert Lauriston Sep 13, 2006 12:04 AM

                    It was $8 / 750ml the other week.

                  2. Robert Lauriston Sep 12, 2006 05:59 PM

                    I use TJ's Kalamata for cooking. Best value around for a full-flavored green oil. (It does not have that new-oil bite.)

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                      rtmonty Sep 12, 2006 05:33 PM

                      They seem to have Greek, Italian, French and domestic (mostly CA). I've tried most of them and all are very acceptable.

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                        Jefferson Sep 12, 2006 04:46 AM

                        There are almost too many different types of extra virgin olive oil at Trader Joe's. It's difficult to figure out what is supposed to distinguish them.

                        1. LindaWhit Sep 12, 2006 01:59 AM

                          I think they have several good brands - Santini, IIRC, is a very decent one. I was just at my local (Burlington, MA) store, and my friend and I saw an Australian olive oil. Didn't get it; have no idea how it is, but it just doesn't seem like a place I'd think of for olive oil.

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                          1. re: LindaWhit
                            phil anderson Jan 20, 2008 01:28 PM

                            The Australian Extra Virgin olive oil is excellent and a great bargain! Now going to try T. J.;s Organic (Spanish) Olive Oil, Extra Virgin, cold Pressed. Australia's olive oil production is now growing much like its wine production has also. Try it!

                          2. Chas Sep 11, 2006 01:30 PM

                            About a year ago I bought some of their EVOO I can't remember the name but it was not a name that you'd recognize. (But it was Greek) I think the litre was around 5 or 6 bucks and stupid cheap! I couldn't believe the excellent quality. Even if it were double the price it would have been a bargin. I think I've heard that you cant always get the same things at TJ's. But I'd still check it out. If you are in the NYC area, others here on the boards have very recently touted Fairway's brand EVOO.

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