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Trader Joe Vs Fairway Olive oil

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trumpster Oct 15, 2013 02:29 PM

Which is better. I honestly can't tell. Both are packed in Italy but source their olive oil from outside Italy. Trader Joe's charges $6.49 and Fairway charges $9.99. Is the Fairway product worth the premium? Also can't figure out why anyone should care where the oil is packed into the bottle.

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    JeffOverley RE: trumpster Oct 16, 2013 06:38 PM

    TJ's President's Reserve is a really great value, but the standard Fairway olive oil is significantly better, in my opinion. Not clear from your post if you've had both, but if not, buy each one and do a blind taste test, see if you have a preference.

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      Elisa515 RE: JeffOverley Oct 16, 2013 09:15 PM

      I agree re Fairway (and I am often a big fan of TJ products).

      Also, Fairway EVOO is on sale at least this week--says "Shock Price," so I don't know if this is a repricing or a special--for $5.99 for a liter. I probably should have grabbed more than one bottle of the unfiltered.

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        trumpster RE: Elisa515 Oct 17, 2013 02:29 PM

        perhaps....but can you tell when its used for cooking?
        I do use Farway's Andalucia blend when pouring on salad or using as a cold drizzle

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          JeffOverley RE: trumpster Oct 17, 2013 03:14 PM

          I mean, it just depends - if you're sauteeing a bunch of chicken and veggies, all those flavors will almost certainly drown out the differences. If you're gently cooking a piece of fish or tossing some pasta, probably a different story.

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