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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.

              http://www.californiaoliveranch.com/

            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.