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#1 Thu 14 Nov 13 10:59am

robbo23

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Olive oil vs Extra virgin olive oil

I use olive oil in my cooking daily - i trend to get this from my local deli. Watching some of Jamie's video's sometimes he uses olive oil in his recipes and other times he asks for extra virgin olive oil. Why?
I always thought olive oil is good for everyday cooking etc and extra virgin(the good stuff) is used in salad's, dressings and used on cooked pasta?
Am i wrong?

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#2 Wed 29 Apr 15 7:45pm

Duro

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Re: Olive oil vs Extra virgin olive oil

Olive oil for human nutrition is basically categorized in 3 main classes (there are other, cheaper types, not worth mentioning):
1 "Extra Virgin Olive Oil" or EVO (Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva, in Italian)
2 "Virgin Olive Oil"
3 "Olive Oil"

To be named "Virgin", it must be obtained by mechanical pressing (simple "Olive Oil" can be obtained also by chemical means).
The difference between "Extra Virgin" and "Virgin" is about the acidity level, which must be below 0.8% for Extra Virgin and only below 2% for simple Virgin.
To obtain a low acidity level, industrial food companies usually buy and mix oils coming from different areas in order to achieve the mandatory limit without paying too much (oil coming from different Mediterranean countries tend to have very different acidity levels).
Contrary to what is said in Pip's blog, "First Pressing" has nothing to do with the "Extra Virgin" classification.
First Pressing is VERY rare. Even good quality commercial EV oils usually do NOT come from 1st pressing.
Also, when you read Tuscan Oil, sadly is not always (almost NEVER, actually) made with Tuscan olives. Law only requires that the oil is produced in Tuscany to be called Tuscan  but olives can come from whatever place (mostly from Puglia but also from North Africa, Greece and Spain).
EVO can cost as low as 5€/liter for an industrail production, up to… who knows? Anyway, a very good 1st pressing EVO shouldn’t cost less than 25-30€/liter (Italian prices).

Finally, as a low quality EVO can cost so low and always be better than a simple Virgin (not even considering a simple Oil), it’s not worthwile to buy two different qualities for different uses.
I just use a cheapish commercial EVO for almost everything and peanut oil for deep frying or a few recipes where it must be lighter than olive oil.
Please note that high quality EVO usually is very richly tasting, therefore not easy to some tastes or to many recipes.

Ciao,
Carlo

Last edited by Duro (Wed 29 Apr 15 7:48pm)

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#3 Thu 30 Apr 15 8:54am

beerforyorky

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Re: Olive oil vs Extra virgin olive oil

Interesting and informative information, thank you.

I usually use Spanish olive oil for cooking, either standard or extra light (whichever is available).

Many years ago I was advised by my doctor to use BP olive oil for ear wax softening. I still use vegetable oil though.

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#4 Thu 30 Apr 15 9:01am

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: Olive oil vs Extra virgin olive oil

I find it easiest to just get one big can of extra virgin olive oil and use it for everything. I figure that's what people have done for thousands of years and it saves me cluttering my pantry up with more oils ( I already have peanut, sesame and mustard oil).

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#5 Thu 30 Apr 15 10:24am

SherylS

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Re: Olive oil vs Extra virgin olive oil

I agree Joy. smile  smile

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#6 Thu 30 Apr 15 2:14pm

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: Olive oil vs Extra virgin olive oil

big_smile

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#7 Thu 30 Apr 15 3:56pm

Sandy

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Re: Olive oil vs Extra virgin olive oil

Same here Joy also just buy extra virgin olive oil.

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#8 Thu 30 Apr 15 4:10pm

oliviascotland

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Re: Olive oil vs Extra virgin olive oil

I only buy EVOO, too  big_smile

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#9 Thu 30 Apr 15 4:32pm

Maree

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Re: Olive oil vs Extra virgin olive oil

I use both. For some things I prefer a less robust flavour.

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