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Olive oil: like or dislike?


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I'm having a hard time imagining anyone not liking olive oil. It's not the only oil I use, but it's always, always, always in my kitchen. I keep both extra-virgin olive oil, the really good kind, with a more delicate flavor, for finishing salads and making dressing. And I use regular olive oil, the less expensive stuff, for cooking, when the fresh taste of extra virgin oil would be lost (like making beef stew with less precious wine). Both oils are essential in The Perfect Pantry. What's in your pantry?

Olive oil: like or dislike?

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LOVE olive oil, but quality matters. Also -- depends on its use. High heat situations aren't good because of its relatively low smoking point. Oven drama experience 😃

Love it and use it daily in large amounts to dress veggies, salads and pasta ! I buy fruity green EV olive oil pressed from Koroneiki olives from Crete from our local Greek greengrocer and use peanut or canola oils for cooking with heat.

Love it!
The fresher the better.
I also can't imagine anyone not loving it.
Recently I made Greek meatballs and ran out of olive oil for frying them so I used canola oil. The kids commented right away that the meatballs tasted different.
Olive oil makes everything better!

I also cannot imagine anyone not liking olive oil, but you never know! I only use extra virgin olive oil - for dressings, sauteing, and roasting. Call me crazy!

Its the "ONLY" oil we use---and we only use Extra Virgin OO---its better for you and improves the flavor & taste---

Love it,although I do use coconut oil and peanut oil for certain things. But definitely olive oil is the most used oil in my kitchen. I use the extra virgin organic olive oil from Costco for most things but do buy the good stuff for salad dressings and drizzling on things.

Love it!! I couldn't prepare a meal without it!!

Extra virgin olive oil is one of my favorite ingredients. And when paired with good crusty bread it is one of my favorite meals! Sometimes I dress it up with a swirl of balsamic, salt , pepper and a side of Parmesan or Peccorino. Yum.

Love it! Only buy CA olive oil. I worked in the olive harvest as a child.

Love it! Use it all the time

i've tasted some olive oils that had a bitter taste, so i can see where some folks may not care to use it if that's what they bought; I suspect it wasn't real olive oil, but some other cheaper oil marketed as olive—have read about some companies doing that (shame on them!)....i love olive oil, the fruitier the better .....i use both evoo and regular olive oil, but also use coconut and peanut oils depending on what i'm using them for; am currently enjoying a nice greek evoo....had never used it and am glad i tried it out! (it was on sale at the grocery store lol) ….will most likely pay the price and buy it again ;0)

I must have 5 or 6 varieties on my counter ( in a dark corner out of the sun) right now. They are all delicious, and used all day long!

Authentic Italian extra virgin olive oil has a variety of flavor characteristics depending on the region and cultivars. Oils from Tuscany and Umbria are bold with bitter characteristics due to Frantoio and Moraiolo olives. Oils from Sicily are grassy with elements of tomatoes or herbs. Selections from Puglia have an intensity similar to the Tuscan and Umbrian oils. In every case a peppery finish is a sign of freshness. If you are looking for authentic Italian selections you will find the largest selection at www.olio2go.com

I love olive oil and use it most of the time for all cooking. I usually use plain EVOO, but was recently given a gift of a variety package of 5 different infused olive oils, which I have not yet tried.

Love it and use it all the time. EVOO is the only oil that will make a perfectly emulsified vinaigrette.

How can anyone not like (minimally) or love olive oil? I've tried various olive oils from one of those new boutique oil and vinegar stores--some very interesting new tastes. But I couldn't cook without olive oil. Have you tried olive oil in simple cake--like blood orange or Meyer lemon olive oil cake? Delish!

Its the only oil I use..what else is there thats as healthy and tastes so good!

You are so fortunate in the USA to have a home grown olive oil--I do not see that anyone has mentioned it so far. If possible that would be my main goto olive oil. And you have home grown avocado oil, too!

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