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California Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Fidalgo Burk Apr 13, 2013 05:47 PM

For various reasons, including illegal mixing scandal in Europe, and desire to buy more locally I am considering switching from the organic Montebello EVO from Italy that I buy at the Skagit Valley Coop to a high quality organic California brand. Suggestions?

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  1. perk RE: Fidalgo Burk Apr 13, 2013 06:48 PM

    Rancho Olivos just won a couple of medals for their olive oils. They're in the Central Coast area, and you can order online. It's now all I use!

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      Westminstress RE: Fidalgo Burk Apr 13, 2013 07:05 PM

      For cooking I like the everyday olive oil by California Olive Ranch, it's fine for salads also. For finishing I still like a good quality Italian olive oil but you have to trust your source.

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        GEC RE: Westminstress Apr 14, 2013 03:53 PM

        I'm a fan of California Olive Ranch, too, and they seem to have a good reputation. I'm especially partial to their "Arbequina" variety.

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          Alfred G RE: GEC Apr 14, 2013 08:07 PM

          Ditto. Great olive oil.

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          Lillipop RE: Westminstress Apr 14, 2013 05:58 PM

          I love their olive oil.It is the only one I buy now.So thick fragrant and luxurious:)

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            Alfred G RE: Westminstress Apr 14, 2013 08:12 PM

            I use the every day olive for, guess what, every day use (cooking, etc.). When using in a salad, ie: oil & vinegar, or finishing, I use Arbequina. Great company, great olive oil.

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              fldhkybnva RE: Westminstress Apr 15, 2013 12:41 PM

              I just heard about this on the America's Test Kitchen Radio show and likely will buy it when my current bottle runs out.

            2. Bob Brooks RE: Fidalgo Burk Apr 14, 2013 03:45 PM

              If you have a Trader Joe's near your, their California Estate Olive Oil is very good. Also a great value.

              1. ipsedixit RE: Fidalgo Burk Apr 14, 2013 07:51 PM

                Scripps College Olive Oil.

                1. pikawicca RE: Fidalgo Burk Apr 15, 2013 01:05 PM

                  These oils are very nice (and fresh).

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                    mike0989 RE: pikawicca Apr 15, 2013 01:35 PM

                    +1 I've been using their's for years.

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