Olive Oil's Lack Of Taste Is The Thing-It Won't Catch The Attention Of The King

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Gar1eth, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. BaronArtz

    BaronArtz Count

    I put olive oil on almost everything I eat. Even on my oatmeal in the morning. I mostly buy the house brand at Zabar's - I hope it is the real deal.

    My nutritionist, however, has advised me to also use coconut oil as a substitute to olive oil - complementary qualities and digests more quickly.

    Having grown up in a French-inspired culture, I DO miss the really good butter from Normandy. A fresh baguette, good butter, 'Jambon de Paris' ham ... yum. It is rare that I indulge in it though. I try to avoid bleached flour products. But that is a different discussion.
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  2. Funguy

    Funguy Earl

    Interesting that your nutritionist suggested coconut oil - not only good for the body internally but, bar none, it is the best moisturizer/emollient for the outside also. Moisturizes and then seals the moisture in. Especially good for the face. For other places we have already discussed.
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  3. OliverSaks

    OliverSaks Knight

    With coconut oil, I:

    Play / massage / cook / spread / shave / add to coffee and whip / lip balm / bake / moisturize

    Love the way it feels and tastes.
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  4. BaronArtz

    BaronArtz Count

    I hadn't thought of using it as lip balm ... thanks for the advice. How do you use it for shaving though? Do you warm it up a bit?

    I love the feel and taste myself. And it is remarkably affordable, I buy mine on Amazon

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  5. OliverSaks

    OliverSaks Knight

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  6. BaronArtz

    BaronArtz Count

    That sounds ... SEXY
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  7. gallahadesquire

    gallahadesquire Marquess

    Morton and Basett is like $5.99 for basil and oregano, and has at least 70 herbs and spices.

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  8. WmClarke

    WmClarke Count

    So I've been thinking about this thread and where I should go to get some quality olive oil.

    And then I'm out running errands today and, voilĂ ! Across the street is an olive oil store.


    Ahhh, serendipity!
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  9. AdamSmith

    AdamSmith Count de Crisco

    Please forgive! I fully grasp the depth of my blunder.

    In fact our Chinese classmate had to give me that very correction herself.

    Practically every time we went to Chinatown. :D
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  10. whipped guy

    whipped guy Regent

    Well our esteemed Mr. Smith has almost 9,000 posts and he finally made an error... I guess he is one of us after all!!!:D :p

    Also, AS made mention of "fleeing New Haven" on Saturdays. I can't understand why anyone would want or need to flee the beloved Elm City!?! o_O And even to flee as he implied those Eli dinning halls...

    Incidentally, getting back to the main topic of this thread just today I finally found a use for the leftover bland bottle of California olive oil that I had purchased at Trader Joe's. It makes for a quite tasty personal lubrucant. I kid you not... A bit messy, but one usually needs to clean up afterwards anyway... ;)
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  11. AdamSmith

    AdamSmith Count de Crisco

    I thought getting my Wagner all mixed up had already knocked that one off. :confused:
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  12. TruthBTold

    TruthBTold Peer

    Being of Italian heritage I know that Italians take their olive oil seriously. In fact they will not ask how a salad was rather they will ask how the olive oil in the dressing was.
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  13. Funguy

    Funguy Earl

    I believe I mentioned that in post #21, tho I failed to mention that it was "quite tasty"!
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  14. whipped guy

    whipped guy Regent

    Well, I hate to waste anything and it was not being used for culinary purposes because it was fruity and did not have the zippy peppery taste that I like in an EVO, and fruity is good for lube. However, more importantly I was low on the real thing... you know the infamous bottle of lube that I stole from a "mutual friend" of ours down here at the FL command post if you recall... a crime that I have been paying dearly for (to my delight I must add) ever since!
    Well I had not caught that, but but then again by the time one gets to Act One of Die Gotterammerung its a lost cause anyway! :confused:o_O:eek: So no points against you for getting your "Wagner all mixed up"!
    Parlato proprio come un vero italiano! (Spoken just like a true Italian!)
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  15. kent

    kent Journeyman

    WG: Have you seen the reviews of Olive Oils in Cooks Illustrated ( https://www.cooksillustrated.com/se...rch_document_klass][0]=taste_test&q=olive+oil )?
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  16. kent

    kent Journeyman

    I use extra-light olive oil for cooking, even for popcorn (for friends afraid of coconut oil)
  17. whipped guy

    whipped guy Regent

    I just checked it out... and they are spot on with their evaluations of what is available in super markets as not being exceptional. It also gives a nice overview of Italian oils and why they have the peppery finish.

    Interestingly I just purchased a bottle of The Fredh Market's Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil and simply because I was low on EVO and I was headed in that direction. At $8.99 for 500 ml (16,9 oz) it is much pricier than Trader Joe's President's Reserve Italian EVO a comparable product ($6.99 for 33.8 oz). It has a mild olive taste as does Trader Joe's, but with double the peppery kick at the end. They also sell an unfiltered Fruttato (Fruity version) for a buck more, but I was afraid that it might be overly mild. While I like the peppery finish in both they still lack something in initial flavor. Incidentally, the TJ's Sicilian EVO that I mention above has the least bite of all. I'll save that for the mandel bread recipe that I mention above.

    Trader Joe gives you more bang for your buck, and both really don't cut it, but in a pinch suffice. I hesitated to try other products that they had at double the price. Next year I'm shipping what I can get up north down south.

    In the meantime I will give TJ's Spanish version a shot.
  18. PapaTony

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  19. xafnndapp

    xafnndapp Count

    If you travel through the Tuscany countryside, stop at a local little trattoria, and while you wait for your amazing dish of fresh pasta they bring you their crunchy fresh pane and olio to deep it in, there is no butter which can compete!
  20. Gar1eth

    Gar1eth Regent

    So it's just pasta and olive oil? I'll have to disagree. For me pasta goes better with either a tomato or a butter based sauce.