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avocado oil in Montreal?

montrealeater Feb 23, 2012 07:34 PM

Does anyone know if/where I can get this? Local to the Plateau and organic/unrefined would be best, but i realize this may be difficult to get so anywhere is fine!

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    BarackHObama RE: montrealeater Feb 23, 2012 09:07 PM

    i've seen avocado oil in many supermarkets

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      picklebird RE: BarackHObama Feb 24, 2012 05:50 AM

      Me too. Try Bioterre on St. Viateur or Tao on St. Denis. Rachelle-Bery might carry it too.

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      FortyMan RE: montrealeater Feb 24, 2012 07:07 AM

      I bought some last year at Loblaws, but I didn't see it there lately anymore.

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        mangoannie RE: montrealeater Feb 24, 2012 01:25 PM

        saw some at Fou d'ici today, opposite place des arts (berri) metro station

        1. SnackHappy RE: montrealeater Feb 24, 2012 01:47 PM

          I don't think it's very hard to find. Bio-Terre, Rachelle-Béry, Tau or whatever health food store should have it.

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            BarackHObama RE: SnackHappy Feb 24, 2012 02:12 PM

            i've seen it at fruiterie mile end

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            j_do RE: montrealeater Feb 24, 2012 03:15 PM

            i got some at latina.. but yeah everywhere...

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              mangoannie RE: j_do Feb 24, 2012 03:42 PM

              just curious as never used it, do you buy it for the taste

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              montrealeater RE: montrealeater Feb 24, 2012 04:17 PM

              Thanks for all the tips, I guess I was just completely wrong that this would be a hard item to find!

              Mangoannie - I have been researching lately about fats/oils with high smoke points to use to cook at high temp. Avocado oil has, IIRC, the highest (or one of the highest) smoke points, even unrefined. I had been using EVOO to cook at high temp and have learned this isn't the best use (of EVOO). So since I love avocados, a LOT, I reckoned I would try avocado oil. I'll post here once Ive actually tried it. :)

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                SnackHappy RE: montrealeater Feb 24, 2012 08:57 PM

                Holy crap, you want to cook with it? The stuff is really expensive. It's mostly used for flavour. If you want a high temp cooking oil you'd be much better off looking at grape seed or rice bran oil.

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                  BarackHObama RE: SnackHappy Feb 24, 2012 09:00 PM

                  safflower has a similar smoke point

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                    SnackHappy RE: BarackHObama Feb 24, 2012 09:07 PM

                    I like safflower, but it's expensive. Rice bran is cheap and it works like gangbusters. I also keep sunflower and peanut oil handy as well as beef tallow shortening, but only for French fries. It's not very healthy stuff.

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                      picklebird RE: SnackHappy Mar 4, 2012 08:19 AM

                      I've been keeping my eyes open for rice bran oil but haven't seen it around. Where do you get it?

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                        SnackHappy RE: picklebird Mar 4, 2012 09:01 AM

                        I buy it at Asian supermarkets. Last time was at Hawaï, but I've also seen it at Kim Phat. It's with the other cooking oils.

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                    ette RE: SnackHappy Feb 24, 2012 10:54 PM

                    Does it taste nice?
                    I love avocados, but i've never tried it

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                  montrealeater RE: montrealeater Feb 24, 2012 10:51 PM

                  Well when I say 'cook' I mean saute...I don't mean deep fry! As I said Ive been reading a lot on fats and cooking with fats and just want to try a few different things. I'd also like to try 'tea seed oil' even though I'm not sure what it is. Lard is another thing, as well as butter, that isn't, apparently, the devil, so I'm looking into using those 2 for cooking more as well, although butter won't work for high temp.

                  If anyone is interested, this is a page of info on the various oils and what they're good or not good for: http://www.eatingrules.com/Cooking-Oi... (PDF


                  EDIT: and now that we're on the subject - is it possible to get real suet anywhere in Montreal? I'd love to make a suet pastry steak pie.

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                    mangoannie RE: montrealeater Feb 25, 2012 11:32 AM

                    thanks for info and this site eatingrules, looks interesting and it answered my questions about pumpkin seed oil which was also in the store

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                      montrealeater RE: mangoannie Feb 25, 2012 11:47 AM

                      Isn't that chart handy? Re: taste, I *have* tried pumpkin seed oil and it is yummy - I use it on salads. I also have pumpkin seed butter and can confirm that it does go off quickly, compared to peanut butter etc. But it's delish.

                  2. SourberryLily RE: montrealeater Feb 27, 2012 09:53 AM

                    they always have it at L'essentiel
                    273 rue St-Zotique Est

                    as many of their products, you may request it in different format and they will bottle it for you.

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                      SKYMTL RE: montrealeater Feb 28, 2012 05:55 PM

                      President's Choice Black Label has BY FAR the best Avocado oil I have tasted:


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                        montrealeater RE: SKYMTL Mar 3, 2012 12:20 PM

                        Wow, thanks for letting me know this exists - will definitely give this a try - have you seen it in any specific grocery stores?

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                          westaust RE: montrealeater Mar 4, 2012 08:50 AM

                          it should be available in all loblaws/provigo stores

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                            C70 RE: westaust Mar 4, 2012 09:12 AM

                            they only made the black label available in certain markets, actually. I'd check their website to see which stores carry it.

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                              SKYMTL RE: C70 Mar 4, 2012 10:32 AM

                              The Loblaws on Henri Bourassa near L'Acadie carried it for a while but sold out VERY quick. They may have restocked by now. Supposedly these Black Label products are quite highly regarded in certain circles.

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                                montrealeater RE: SKYMTL Mar 4, 2012 11:38 AM

                                Do any of you know if these Black Label products have been spotted at the Jean Talon Loblaws? I'll be there this week. Maybe I'll call ahead and ask them to put aside some of the avocado oil if they have any.

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                                  FortyMan RE: montrealeater Mar 5, 2012 05:30 AM

                                  I saw them in the Rachel / Angus Loblaws, they are in the veggie section right after the entrance of the store.

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                                    SKYMTL RE: montrealeater Mar 5, 2012 04:55 PM

                                    Let us know how you like it if you find it!

                                    Just tried their San Marzano tomatoes tonight and I was once again impressed by the quality of these products.

                                    Picked up some of their caramelized red onion chutney too and I can't wait to try it.

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                                      montrealeater RE: SKYMTL Mar 5, 2012 06:33 PM

                                      SKYMTL (or, anyone!) is there a specific Loblaws that carries a wide range of these PC Black Label products? I just thoroughly checked out the product list and have decided there are a number of things I want to try and that it's worth going to a Loblaws (or any other store that carries the line...) that has a broad selection of products. I have a longstanding and slightly lame obsession with PC and ... yeah ... new stuff to try yay! The San Marzanos are on the to-try list.

                                      If I dot his this week I'll start a separate thread for the PC Black Label stuff in general - but I'll come back here and post re: avocado oil.

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                                        FortyMan RE: montrealeater Mar 6, 2012 04:26 AM

                                        Loblaws Rachel has a lot of black label products with a special presentation at the end of the veggie section - the one on Sherbrooke Est has just a few.

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                                          picklebird RE: montrealeater Mar 6, 2012 08:03 AM

                                          I was just at the Provigo on Parc and Sherbrooke. They have a good number of the Black Label products-- they are interspersed throughout the store (not in one place).

                          2. TheSnowpea RE: montrealeater Mar 8, 2012 06:16 PM

                            Since you've posted this, I have paid attention to the oil shelves in my supermarkets, and I spotted some at the Metro on Somerled in NDG.

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