Best olive oil; and best truffle-infused oil

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  1. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    What do you recommend?

    For olive oil, we usually just buy anything from Italy or Portugal and it's acceptable to excellent. The last time we went shopping, though, it was at Target :eek: and all they had was California olive oil and it is definitely lacking that special southern Mediterranean flavor.

    For truffle-infused oil, I haven't a clue. But we had some the other day at my brother's place and it was awesome. I understand, though, that there are at least two kinds of truffles, white and black (with most preferring the less common white), and that in many in not most of what's labeled "truffle oil" there are actually no truffles at all, only truffle-like artificial chemicals (ala substituting vanillin for real vanilla).
     
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    I like California, I know it's real olive oil when many are fake, but I agree you can't beat good Italian stuff, keep in mind fakes come from Italy as well though, you may be paying $25 for oil cut with Canola, there are no olive oil police so they can write whatever they want on the label.

    There's no truffles in truffle oil, you're basically eating perfume, avoid, it's nasty stuff.
     
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    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    Holy crap! This is the exact olive oil we last bought that sucks so bad it induced me to start this thread. :mad:
     
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    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    Absolutely wrong as a categorical statement.

    It depends on the brand and price (this is easily researched).
     
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    My biggest rule about olive oil is to buy it in small quantities, and use it quickly. My grocery store's house brand is actually pretty decent, and we buy the little half-liter size.

    The more likely someone is to save and ration the "good stuff", the more likely they are to be eating rancid food. I'd bet a nickel that a LOT of TGP cabinets have rancid olive oil in them.
     
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    Fair enough, most, but even the real stuff is questionable for quality, a single truffle is worth a lot of money, so chopping it up and mixing with relatively cheap oil is crazy.
     
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    Saifan Extra Virgin is my go to. It works for everything - salad dressing, pasta, dipping, cooking. It's not as assertive as some. It just has a good, clean taste with character. It's from Lebanon.

    I did an olive oil tasting a while back and was really surprised at the differences. Some of them tasted spoiled out of a brand new bottle. Some of them tasted too grassy. Saifan, for me, was a clear winner.

    I get it at a little Mediterranean store here, but I think you can get it from Amazon.
     
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    Northern california has quite a bit of olive production. We often just buy from local producers.

    On the cheap, we buy trader joes. I dont know where they get it from but, they seem to be pretty consiencious about their products.
     
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    http://olive.bodaciousolive.com/our-products/olive-oil/
    Our selection of olive oil is always growing!
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    This place is local, and it's awesome! They allow you to sample these, and even have fresh bread to dip.
     
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    I've been buying Terra Delyssa from Costco, am I doing it wrong?
     
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    I can’t believe I’m on TGP reading a thread about olive oil...


    Sorry about the spilt pepper flakes from last night...I’m lazy
     
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    We were in Italy last month. Everywhere we went we were told that the US olive oil was not REAL olive oil. They laughed when we said we paid about 25 Euro a bottle. Ah, yes my friend but here that's the cheep stuff... I have to admit the olive oil they served was very good and had a smooth taste.
     
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    yea, but ask them where they get their maple syrup ..,
     
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    The better the oil... the more bitter. I’ve come to find it’s texture verses taste. The super expensive has a wonderful texture, but is bitter unless you add a touch of really nice balsamic. Some seasoning can be good, but generally I just like a touch of a good black pepper.
     
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