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laurenblok Apr 12, 2013 08:28 AM

I'm nearing the end of my bottle of Fiippo Berio extra virgin olive oil and wanted the next bottle to be something different, interesting and of course great. I would just buy anything, but had Oxygen EVOO over Pesach and it was terrible - bland and tasteless, which made me wonder if there are any really great ones out there. Any suggestions?

  1. almond tree May 9, 2013 09:28 PM

    Has anyone tried olive oil from Masik Kibbutz Magal? I am thinking about buying some of their "Souri" as a gift for someone in Chul.

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      EvanM Apr 13, 2013 07:30 PM

      I would suggest a visit to Fairway, they let you taste their olive oils, which are mostly good quality sourced olive oils, not supermarket type lower quality products.

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        queenscook Apr 13, 2013 07:52 PM

        The only difficulty with this is that if one keeps kosher, I wonder how you can taste the oils. In other words, most people don't taste the oil by drinking it, but rather on a piece of bread which they supply near their oil selection. My local Fairway has an all-kosher bakery, but I wonder how one would ascertain if the bread put out for tasting the oil is from their bakery, or perhaps some packaged bread that may or may not be kosher. I don't think they'd be too happy for customers to bring their own bread in, if it gets dipped in anything that says there and others dip into also.

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          gotcholent Apr 13, 2013 08:07 PM

          Two approaches to that.... one is to bring a spoon. The proper way to sample EVOO is actually to slurp it (so I'm told by my exec chef from his CIA training) as it lets you gauge the pepperiness and and floral notes. The three fairways that I frequent also have kosher bakeries under Rav Marmelstein and Chaf K. I have only ever seen Fairway's baguettes used at those stations. With that said, the bigger issue would actually be the need to wash. I say spoon it! For the record the Mexican EVOO is surprisingly one of my favorites there. The Argentinian Mendoza is also fantastic for a finishing oil. While EVOO from dependable sources should not generally require a heksher, for those that want to play it safe, Fairway also has 3-4 options at any given point with an OU seal. Shavua tov y'all!

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            cheesecake17 Apr 14, 2013 09:39 AM

            Definitely agree with fairway. Sometimes they have little spoons out to taste the oil. I really like the unfiltered one.

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              PotatoPuff May 9, 2013 08:10 PM

              The Fairway on the Upper West Side is only partially certified - for example, half of the baguettes are marked kosher and half of the exact same baguettes are not. I even bought the wrong one by accident once! There was, for a time, a sign up by the breads explaining that you needed to check each package individually. It appears that they use baguettes in the tasting station, at least at this Fairway.

              Also, if you hold that all cold pressed extra virgin olive oil is kosher, you may as well look on the non-kosher boards for their recommendations, they have several threads about EVOO.

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          CloggieGirl Apr 12, 2013 02:07 PM

          I got 3 liters of Del Papa evoo from Fresh Direct for $25 and have been very pleased with it.

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            craigcep Apr 12, 2013 11:08 AM

            EVOO does not require a hecksher. You can get any brand you like.

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              laurenblok Apr 12, 2013 11:58 AM

              Really? How did I not know this??

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                queenscook Apr 12, 2013 12:53 PM

                Definitely agree with this for during the year, but since the OP mentioned Pesach, I just want to mention that for Pesach, olive oil does require a hechsher. The OU is clear that it does not need to have a Pesach hechsher; a plain OU is fine, but it does need that. (I don't really know about the other hechsherim and what they say about their plain hechsher for Pesach.)

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                  koshergourmetmart May 9, 2013 12:55 PM

                  Evoo needs a heksher due to companies mixing non Evoo and claiming it is 100 percent evoo

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                    Mashgiach May 9, 2013 02:40 PM

                    Actually, the major national hashgachos don' t agree with you. They say EVOO does not require certification other than Passover. Product adulteration is a Federal issue. Blends and and other forms of olive oil do require certification.

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                  Alfred G Apr 12, 2013 08:45 AM

                  There are several very good California oils available. Check out the California Olive Ranch website.

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                    DeisCane Apr 12, 2013 12:10 PM

                    The Trader Joe's Premium line was voted best by Consumer Reports. We love it. And price-wise it crushes most other premium brands.

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                      cheesecake17 Apr 14, 2013 09:40 AM

                      I've bought the trader joes olive oil. Delicious.

                      A few months ago i bought a really large tin of evoo in shoprite. I've been transferring it to empty glass olive oil bottles

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