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Is it true that using olive oil will take out meat flavor?

asked by Nigi almost 2 years ago

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added almost 2 years ago

WHat? No.

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added almost 2 years ago

After I told my parent in laws about olive oil that brings good flavor in ground beef. Father in law seemed interested. Then they visited me and told my husband in front of me that olive oil does nothing but suck out flavor of meat flavor.

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added almost 2 years ago

Who are you going to listen to? Your in-laws or your own taste buds?

You make the call.

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amysarah

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added almost 2 years ago

Olive oil can vary from lightly flavored to very pungent (even slightly bitter.) It sounds like they probably used too assertive an OO to cook a delicately flavored meat - like chicken breast or some veal, or whatever low flavor cut. Possibly they used a really strong EVOO...I'm tempted to say a cheap one, though price isn't always an indication of flavor with olive oil. (If they're used to cooking with a very neutral oil, it probably seemed even more overwhelming.)

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added almost 2 years ago

I would have to agree with previous answers. It won't take the flavor out, but if the meat lacks flavor and they get a strong OO, it will potentially overpower the meat.

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Kristen W.

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added almost 2 years ago

I just want to point out that saying that strong EVOO has the potential to overpower delicately flavored meat" is a far cry from saying that "all it does is suck the flavor out of meat." The first statement is accurate; the second one is incorrect (not to mention hyperbolic).

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amysarah

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added almost 2 years ago

Kristen, I was assuming the "suck the flavor out of meat" phrasing wasn't literal, rather exaggerated semantics for effect - her in laws' way of emphasizing that the OO drowned out/overwhelmed the flavor of the meat. (A rather creative one, I think! ;) Along the lines of calling a chilly room an "icebox," or a fatty dessert "a heart attack on a plate," and so on.

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amysarah

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added almost 2 years ago

Oops, forgot...or saying of someone with a big blustering personality, "he sucks the air out of the room."

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Kristen W.

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added almost 2 years ago

Amysarah, you very well may be right! It's sometimes hard to tell in writing; I read it literally but I see what you mean.

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added almost 2 years ago

Thanks for your answers, guys! I really appreciate it. I only want to prove what he said wasn't correct.

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