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Jan 22, 2013 05:36 PM

Need Olive Oil recommendation

I am looking for a good EVO that I can buy consistently at a chain, including but not limited to Wegman's, Whole Foods, TJ's and Costco. I have tried Wegman's house brand and was woefully disappointed. I have vague recollections of buying something at Whole Foods that was good and didn't break the bank but I cannot recall. Can anyone suggest what I should use?

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  1. I like Costco EVOO, they have an organic and Tuscan variety.

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    1. re: treb

      Plus 1 for the Costco Kirkland brand. In Canada Costco also carries a Greek import called Solon which is even better IMO.

      1. re: treb

        Haven't seen the Tuscan at Costco recently - read on another thread that it was discontinued.

        1. re: FoodDee

          It's still reliably in my Costco in Melville, NY. What's missing lately is their delicious Arbequina, which came in a twin pack.

          1. re: FoodDee

            This is roughly when the new batch (2012 harvest) should appear, no?

            1. re: FoodDee

              The Tuscan was gone for a long time in Seattle but now it's back. This my favorite EVOO [well, really Trampetti is my fave but a little pricey]. I also like the Kirkland organic EVOO.

              1. re: knowspicker

                Thanks - need to recheck since I am in the Seattle area.

                1. re: FoodDee

                  I've seen the 2012 Harvest Tuscan at both SoCal Costco's I've been to in the last few weeks.

                  Since it's a particular harvest I assume they stock it until it runs out, then we have to wait for the next years batch.

                  1. re: FoodDee

                    Still not there at the Woodinville store.

                    1. re: FoodDee

                      Just picked up a bottle of the 2012 in the Warrington PA store. Also am going to get the Spanish from TJs. Two is usually better than one ...

              2. re: treb

                Same here, I use the organic and I like it.

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                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    I second this recommendation. It's consistently fresh, and a very good deal for the quality at $5.99/500 ml

                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                      Another vote for the California Estate.

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        Another yay for this olive oil - it's one of my TJ's staples.

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          While not my absolute favorite, in terms of "price/performance", I can't think of another olive oil that would beat TJ's California Estate.

                        2. For what use? Cooking, salads, special occasions?

                          I've been using a basic Spanish EVO from Trader Joes for several years. Occasionally I get something more special, but this is my every day oil.

                          It's been argued that used for cooking, most of the nuances of a high quality oil disappear.

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                          1. re: paulj

                            I use the TJ Spanish also. It sells for $5.99 and is very good as an every day oi.

                          2. A nationwide chain or a regional chain? Where?