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Jul 12, 2013 11:44 AM

What's your cooking EVOO?

Just what the title says? I'm coming to the end of a 3L can and it's time to replace it. I don't recall the brand (I transferred the last bits to a reusable bottle and recycled the can a while ago) but it was some semi-fancy Italian. It wasn't any better than the Colavita I bought last time.

Is Colavita or an equivalent fine? Or is there a world of saute magic I'm missing if only I bought the right oil?

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  1. I don't think you need good EVOO (or even EVOO, light olive oil is fine) for cooking. The heat breaks down all the good stuff. I save the quality EVOO for salad dressings, finishing cooked dishes, and other applications where it doesn't get heated much.

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      1. re: GilaB

        When you're cooking olive oil for a long time, the heat will destroy most of the nuanced flavors that connoisseurs value in an extra virgin oil. For everyday cooking, I usually use Kirkland brand olive oil, though I've switched to a Lebanese brand that is remarkably delicious in tabbouleh or baba ghannouj at $4 per bottle.

      2. I use the Kirkland Organic from Costco for all uses. It's not expensive, assuming you have a Costco membership :) The 2 large bottles last me a loonnngg time.

        1. I've used the Trader Joe's President's Reserve for years. It's only $6 for 34 oz. and is great for cooking.

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            1. re: Terrie H.

              Ditto to this. And California Olive Ranch is pretty good as well, and reasonably priced.


            2. Kirkland. Pretty good oil, especialy for the price. They move it as well. So you don't need to worry about how old it is.

              1. I don't have a Costco nearby, but instead a BJ's. They carry a two litre bottle of Carbonell Spanish EVOO. It's quite good, and pretty reasonable at $9.99 for the bottle. I use it for everything.

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                1. re: mwk

                  Using Carbonell right now and like it. Generally I find Spanish oils to be well priced, on the fruity end of the taste spectrum, and good all around oils.

                  1. re: mwk

                    Yes me too and for the reasons listed.