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    Be PICKY when you buy olive oil!

    Zurie
    Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:52 am
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    This info is genuine and comes from various media sources as well as from a new cookbook from Tuscany that I bought.

    Do not buy just any olive oil off a supermarket shelf! Many olive oils are not up to standard, may be old stock, and may even be adulterated with other oils. So rather steer clear of those large cans which come at a very reasonable price. It will usually say, "Product of Italy" or "Product of Spain", but it is canned/bottled in the USA. You do not know what "other oils" went into that, as it comes from Europe in large containers and is then transferred to bottles or cans.

    Real, genuine Extra Virgin Olive Oil is expensive. The reason for misleading us all is that Europe often does not have enough good EVOO for its own use, but needs to keep its overseas markets.

    Some years ago in South Africa several olive oils from various countries in Europe were analysed -- and found to contain very little olive oil of dubious quality, plus other seed oils. Not exactly dangerous or anything -- but certainly misleading!!

    The best is to buy olive oils from either olive farms or olive mills with a good reputation, from your own country. You'll pay premium prices, but you'll know you have the real thing.

    Since that EVOO scandal here I only buy South African so-called "estate EVOOs", much like you would buy wines from certain trusty wine farms and cellars.

    If you are lucky enough to live in a state where olives grow, you might be able, like us, to buy your olive oil on the farm or estate.
    JoyfulCook
    Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:56 am
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    Zurie, we have been lucky and we get bottles and bottles from a friend of ours that have olive trees and get them cold pressed. icon_smile.gif its not easy to pick a good olive oil all the time so its nice to know where it comes from
    Zurie
    Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:01 pm
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    Joy, absolutely!! There are so many scams re EVOO. When we go to the Western Cape with its many olive oil producing farms, I stock up.

    But I can get it here where I live as well, just more expensive! We have olive oils which get gold and silver medals at the yearly contests in Italy -- so I think I'm safe! icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif
    Chocolatl
    Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:32 pm
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    An oil can be pure, unadulterated EVOO when packaged and still not come up to EVOO standards when opened. The way the oil is shipped and stored is very important.
    JoyfulCook
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:16 am
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    Chocolatl wrote:
    An oil can be pure, unadulterated EVOO when packaged and still not come up to EVOO standards when opened. The way the oil is shipped and stored is very important.


    Storage is so important as well!
    Zurie
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:30 am
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    Choccie, that is so true.

    The bottles should be darkened glass, not see-through.

    I've also read that EVOO has (from press to bottle to useage) 18 months of "fresh life". After that it's not so good any more.

    A bit of good news I read -- I hope it is true -- is that olive oil does NOT lose goodness when used for frying, or when heated.
    Chocolatl
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:28 pm
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    I see some olive oil sold in opaque tins.
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