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Edmonton: where to buy high quality olive oil for a low price?

I'd like to find a really nice light olive oil for dressing salads and such---but at a fairly reasonable price. Where can I do this in Edmonton?

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  1. Italian Centre has the best selection, at a huge range of prices, so would probably be the best place to look.

    1. Any Winners or Home Sense. I always get great Portuguese, Aussie, California, New Zealand, Spanish, Greek and Italian there. It is hit and miss as to what is there at any particular time, but they never fail to have great stuff (Home Sense more than Winnners mind you). I just picked up an Aussie oil ther this weekend, first cold pressed EVOO by mechanical means only. Lovely sweet stuff it is. The Centre Shop has a wide selection, but I find it does not carry high end new world oils very often if at all. The prices are very reasonable compared to speciality shops, but it is hard to beat the prices at the Centre Shop if they have what you want.

      1. One of the NAIT chefs in residence recommended Costco's Kirkland brand, believe it or not.
        http://www.nait.ca/techlife/58325.htm

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        1. re: anonymoose

          Yup. Kirkland olive oil is by far the best bang for your buck.

          1. re: S_B_Russell

            Why?

            General use, deep frying, only for cetain salads, topping on particular meals, value for use....why?

            Perhaps, I'll get my wife to buy a COSTO card after all so long as she comes back with a litre of KIRLAND rather than several gallons.

            I am intersted in the type of olive oil one oh too infrequently has where you just go "WOW"...whether it is peppery, green, yellow...but something you want to have on its own or with food.

            That is why I inquired some time ago on this Forum if there was a place in Edmonton or Calgary where you could actually taste higher end olive oil...what one likes another may loathe etc.

            1. re: Bob Mac

              I'd like to find a really nice light olive oil for dressing salads and such---but at a fairly reasonable price. Where can I do this in Edmonton? direct quote from the op.anonymoose is just putting in his rec.nice oil for low price.costco,there is your answer to why

        2. You have to be very careful when buying olive oil as it must be fresh. Always look for the expiry date on the bottle. Really good quality olive oil is difficult to find in Edmonton. The Italian Centre does on occasion have some, but the best olive oil is imported by one of the wine importing companies. They represent a number of Italy's top wine estates and they often will bring in the olive oil produced at these estates. The oil is amazing. At various times of the year, they may have some from Tuscany, Sicily, and Marche. They only bring in small quantities at a time so it is always fresh. A few of the chefs in town use their oils and swear that they are the best. It's not cheap, but it's worth every penny. The company is called WineQuest, winequest@hotmail.com

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          1. re: Culinary Crusader

            I would recommend the Greek store, Omonia Foods for olive oil. They have a huge selection in all sizes. I'll admit, I only buy cold pressed Greek olive oil because of it's high quality taste.

            I've noticed choosing olive oil can be similar to selecting wine =D

              1. re: Dan G

                Dan:

                Here you go: http://www.edmontonhellenic.com/omoni...

                10605 - 101st Street

                On your right hand side as you drive north on 101st.

                1. re: Bob Mac

                  Thanks - photos look interesting. How does it compare to Hella (my go-to Greek store)

                  1. re: Dan G

                    Dan G.

                    It has been some time since I was last in Omonia...actually Hellas as well so I am not the right one to ask.

                    Let us know if you try one or both.

                    if I recollect correctly, the last time I was in I was looking for that cheese with the unpronounceable...at least for me until I get a few glasses of ouzo or retsina down my throat...name that begins with a K, that one makes saganaki out of.

          2. Dan G hit it spot on with the first response. The Italian Centre shop has the best selection and price range available locally. I am a costco member as well and have bought several types of olive oil there. It is worth buying some of these special oils from the wine suppliers if it is that important to you.
            I have found that once you really get to know olive oil you do appreciate the subtle differences between them. Costco has good product but you are limited to only a few predetermined choices. Depending on what I am making with the oil I will choose from several varieties I have on hand. . I tend to focus on finding at least one great Extra virgin type you really love for salad dressings. That oil is one of the most important ones in your kitchen. And if you want a good oil product at Costco I recommend the Grapeseed oil for frying and many other uses. Very high smoke point a very multi functional oil.
            Buy some costco oil and experiment with a few special small bottles of oil from the Italian center it is the best way to gain an appreciation for the difference.
            Certain dishes taste much different with an alternate olive oil.
            When I first had an italian partner in my life my household olive oil consumption increased tenfold. I was shocked to be buying three liter containers of olive oil on a frequent basis.
            It took me a long time to begin to understand some of the ways that different cultures approach the use of oils.

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            1. re: Magnapro

              I have been to both Helas and Omonia and I prefer going to Omonia because they have a way bigger selection.

              I know Omonia Foods has 3L olive oil for $14. I used it and its good.

              But the bottom line is quality and cheap don't exist. Olive oil is graded based on acidity. If the olive oil does not have the acidity level printed on the bottle, i consider it low quality. I only buy olive oil under 0.8 % acidity and first cold pressed, but that can cost a few dollars and that’s not what this thread is about.