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Feb 18, 2007 03:31 PM

Best olive oil for general cooking

What's the best but not too expensive? I am looking for something for pasta, sauces, etc. Nothing too complicated but delicious. Any reccs?

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  1. I just always go with colivita (in the tin). I think it's probably the best of the easily accessable brands. Of course I'm sure someone is going to chime in with a recommendation from Trader Joe's / Costco. Those names pop up in just about every thread. I speak from envy as I have neither of those stores near me.

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      1. re: cafesimile

        I'll third these choices-- I like all three options. Which is in my kitchen depends on where I was shopping when I needed Olive Oil. I'll add Whole foods 365 house brand Italian. I've used that too.

        1. re: cafesimile

          I'm curious whether you're talking about the Colavita in the liter and 3 liter cans or the liimited pressing in the round 750ml can? I use the latter, but not for cooking because I find it looses too much flavor.

          For cooking I use any brand of "light" olive oil because it has been filtered and therefore has a higher smoke point. But that also makes it much milder in flavor, so if I want the stronger olive oil flavor I simply add some of the Colavita 2007 Harvest Limited Pressing. It has a very fruity flavor. I have several olive oils I use for various purposes but the "light" is the only one I use for cooking because the flavor of unfiltered oils is so heavily modified by heat.

          1. re: Caroline1

            I think the size of the bottle isn't as important as the fact that it's Pure Olive Oil instead of Extra Virgin for sauteing. Colavita Pure is a popular cooking olive oil. Tiger Pure is also great because it doesn't overpower the flavor of whatever you're cooking.

        2. Goya brand (in the "ethnic" section) of most supermarkets. Great value and perfectly fine for most cooking.

          1. I don't know where you are, but if you're in the midwest, the store brand olive oil from Hy-Vee is actually quite good. When you heat it, it develops this wonderful fruity aroma.

            1. I am actually in Philadelphia. I have access to both goya and colavita (why is tin better?).
              I also have access to costco, trader joes and whole foods if that helps. But I don't want a super large bottle of oil olive if that's all costco has!

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              1. re: saturninus

                I am guessing tin is better because it protects the oil from light. Heat and light destroys the oil. Olive oil does not last very long. Think of it as a fruit juice.

                1. re: mimolette

                  "Olive oil storage
                  Store olive oil in a cool, dark place for up to six months or in the refrigerator up to a year."

                  1. re: jenniferdines

                    oooo i can refrigerate? great! i live alone and if it makes it last longer i will do it!

                    1. re: saturninus

                      Just remember when you refrigerate the oil it gets cloudy looking. For best results use at room temperature. As long as you don't have it in sunshine or above your stove it should be good for a full six months.

                2. re: saturninus

                  Actually, the large bottle of the Kirkland extra virgin olive oil at Costo is about half the size of the one at sames (well, maybe 2/3), so don't be afraid to try that if you see it. Just keep it in a dark cabinet or corner, since light is your principal enemy here. I used to love Goya olive oil on salads, but use way to much to deal with the little bottle I find in the grocery store. I had forgotten how good that tastes.

                  1. re: RGC1982

                    I have not tried this Kirkland; the other day at Costco I saw 2 new kinds: and extra virgin from Provence and another from Sicily. I wanted both; bought neither. Are you familiar with these? (The Costco was in Daly City, just outside SF, CA.)

                    1. re: walker

                      There's no Costco in Daly City, I believe you mean South San Francisco :)

                3. For cooking (not drizzling or garnishing) many restaurants use "pomace". This is very cheap olive oil blended with a touch of Extra Virgin for flavour. Very good and economical for cooking. Many brands are available.