Do You Know Your Olive Oils?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-01-23 12:16:47 -0600
Started 2014-01-21 08:39:27 -0600

I have been seeing a lot of news lately on the topic of different types of olive oils and how to use them. I'll admit, I am the BOGO brand user…meaning what ever is on sale is the one I get. I use it as an all purpose oil in my kitchen, but after reading more, I am finding out that all olive oil is not created equal.

Here is a great article on different types of olive oils and how to use them:

I generally buy just plain olive oil and go for the extra virgin when it's on sale. But now I will be looking more closely at how the oil is made and what I plan to use it for. Like, who knew about the acid content of your olive oil? I sure didn't. So more label reading…we should have a PHD in it by now.

12 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-23 09:10:40 -0600 Report

I read an article that said olive oil in this country is not what you think it is and does not meet the world olive oil standards.

My sister works with a woman with family in Italy. Her mother has her family in Italy ship her olive oils. The oils she gave us to sample are far superior in quality and taste than what is bought here in the this country. I am not a fan of olive oil but after tasting and using those, I wouldn't buy olive oil in this country ever again.

I am waiting for a bottle from Italy.

GabbyPA 2014-01-23 09:28:24 -0600 Report

You know you can buy imported oils at most stores. You don't have to purchase them made here.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-23 09:50:58 -0600 Report

Of course I know that. I simply like the brand that came from Italy that wasn't in a store in my area.

GabbyPA 2014-01-23 09:55:11 -0600 Report

That's why I love the internet. I can get almost anything I want there. Avoiding olive oil from China is my only rule.

jigsaw 2014-01-23 12:16:47 -0600 Report

I heard even flies won't eat some of the stuff that comes out of China! Then I heard the controversy, only flies will eat some of the stuff from China. Anyway, I'm glad to hear that your dogs won't! After all, I love dogs.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-23 10:29:06 -0600 Report

LOL Smart dogs. Our dog wouldn't eat it either. They busted a guy at the flea market from China selling supplements. He had put some in bottles that appeared to have come from this country. He was supplying several Health Food Stores with his supplements that were totally fake or contained very little of the ingredients that were on the label. The FDA had been purchasing and testing his product for several years before busting him. This is why I do not buy or use supplements. Much of what is suppose to be in the bottles aren't. If I can find that article again I will share it with you.

jayabee52 2014-01-22 16:20:35 -0600 Report

Gabby My HS vocational ag instructor said he had by way of degrees: "BS, MS, PhD". which he interpreted BS (the usual understanding of bovine excrement) MS = more of same, PhD = piled higher deeper! Whenever I hear PhD my mind tracks back to that.

I used to be a "Mother Earth Lifer" as I paid extra to get a lifetime subscription to Mother earth news. That was, until TMEN ran into financial difficultues and got sold off. I got a letter from the new owners saying I could subscribe normally but no more lifetime subscriptions. I also noted a change in editorial content with TMEN as well and not for the better IMHO. I dropped the subscription soon after. I had about 5 yrs of back issues all the way to issue 1. Somehow my sons got rid ot the whole lot of them when I was under the weather with my kidney infection. I suspect that they are now mouldering in the LV landfill. OH well!

GabbyPA 2014-01-22 20:32:05 -0600 Report

I have the DVD of all 40 years. Though I will be honest, I have not looked at it for a while. I like the articles and find them very helpful. I also use Grit, but I like Mother Earth better.

jigsaw 2014-01-21 09:55:40 -0600 Report

You are correct! I never realized how much there is to know about olive oil. You just saved me some cash with this informative article. I have been cooking with evoo quite frequently. I had no idea that to much heat destroys much of the health benefits, and it's so expensive. So now, I'll stick with plain olive oil for cooking purposes, and evoo for home made salad dressings. Good article!

GabbyPA 2014-01-21 10:37:20 -0600 Report

Mother Earth never fails me. I have been missing out on the extra virgin benefits, but now I will buy the little bottles of that for after cooking uses.