What kind of olive oil do you buy?
Thanks to this hotline, I realized why my marinade was so horrible--rancid olive oil purchased from a Greek import store a week or so ago. I am not going there again. I use a LOT of olive oil. Where do you buy good quality stuff?
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Consumer Reports recently did an article on EVOO and it only gave highest marks (Excellent) to McEvoy and Trader Joe's California Estate (not sure of cost, but I did see one called Premium at 7.99.) Their experts tested 23 oils and only found 9 free of flaws (stale, fermented, barnyard.)
Rated Very Good were Kirkland Signature Select Toscano, Whole Foods 365 Everyday 100% California unfiltered (both Best Buys), California Olive Ranch, O-Live & Company, B.R. Cohn, and Lucini Premium.
I have the tasting comments if anyone wants them on one or two of the oils.
That's marketing for you. Front label: "Trader Joe's Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil Imported from Italy and packed in USA." Right side label: "Product of USA" Left side label: "Contains Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Italy, Spain, Argentina and Greece."
For salads, dribbling and other uncooked uses, I have smaller containers of Provencal, regional Italian and also Spanish extra virgins. and a small bottle of McEvoy from Petaluma, CA. They are all different in flavor and do unique things to my dishes. I buy them in small quantities from specialty stores, or Williams-Sonoma that I know have a high turnover rate.