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(Lifehacker)   Turns out your first girlfriend and your olive oil have a lot in common - both short on virginity   (lifehacker.com) divider line 33
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2013-11-09 12:03:17 AM
Paid for by the California Olive Growers Association of America
 
2013-11-09 12:10:29 AM
I submitted pretty much the same story months ago

/with a sillier headline
 
2013-11-09 12:12:33 AM
Surprisingly, Kirkland Organic is my favorite, and it apparently passes the sniff test. The whole Kirkland line has been great in my experience, actually.
 
2013-11-09 04:08:03 AM
Both are equally worthless.
 
2013-11-09 04:21:19 AM
I only buy from the Genco Pura Olive Oil Company. They made me an offer I couldn't refuse.
 
2013-11-09 04:29:59 AM
You might raise your eyebrows at the conclusion that Australian and California extra virgin olive oils are purer than most Italian olive oils, since the research was partially funded by the California Olive Ranch and the California Olive Oil Council and has ties with the Australian Olive Association.

Well, yeah.
 
2013-11-09 04:31:47 AM
Well, that's a fine way to talk about your own mother, Subby!
 
2013-11-09 04:49:57 AM

bdub77: Paid for by the California Olive Growers Association of America


Doesn't make much difference who does the study comes out the same. http://www.lapresse.ca/vivre/200901/25/01-820674-le-cas-de-lhuile-doli ve.php
 
2013-11-09 04:59:41 AM

bingethinker: Well, that's a fine way to talk about your own mother, Subby!


Jesus!?

/Funniest line in funny movie: Dave Barry's BIG TROUBLE
 
2013-11-09 05:00:58 AM
The most amusing part of an olive oil study I read is that Italy exports three times as much olive oil as it produces.  Bertolli is the worst.  Ship a bunch of olive oil from North Africa to Italy, slap a label on it - shazam!  It's Italian olive oil.  Bertolli doesn't even own a single olive tree in Italy.
 
2013-11-09 05:01:26 AM
The reason Italian oils often fall short?

If it passes through Italy  at any point in the manufacturing or bottling process, they can slap the "Made in Italy" label on it.
 
2013-11-09 05:19:26 AM

syrynxx: The most amusing part of an olive oil study I read is that Italy exports three times as much olive oil as it produces.  Bertolli is the worst.  Ship a bunch of olive oil from North Africa to Italy, slap a label on it - shazam!  It's Italian olive oil.  Bertolli doesn't even own a single olive tree in Italy.


Brilliant!
 
2013-11-09 05:24:44 AM

Oldiron_79: syrynxx: The most amusing part of an olive oil study I read is that Italy exports three times as much olive oil as it produces.  Bertolli is the worst.  Ship a bunch of olive oil from North Africa to Italy, slap a label on it - shazam!  It's Italian olive oil.  Bertolli doesn't even own a single olive tree in Italy.

Brilliant!


heartymagazine.com

Approves.

/ Then why is she always whining "Help! Help!"
 
2013-11-09 05:37:14 AM
This is why I buy Spaniard olive oil. Not likely to be a dumb ass American brand selling me crap.
 
2013-11-09 06:09:32 AM

rocky_howard: This is why I buy Spaniard olive oil. Not likely to be a dumb ass American brand selling me crap.


Spanish or Portuguese are the better buy.
 
2013-11-09 06:20:46 AM

rocky_howard: This is why I buy Spaniard olive oil. Not likely to be a dumb ass American brand selling me crap.


I've known too many Spaniards.
 
2013-11-09 06:49:42 AM
First girlfriend + olive oil..... should have thought of that then.
 
2013-11-09 07:17:16 AM
The olive oil I bought at Trader Joe's seems good. But it does say "Packed in Italy".

Anyone have any knowledge about the authenticity of TJ's olive oil?
 
2013-11-09 07:39:18 AM

Mudd's woman: The olive oil I bought at Trader Joe's seems good. But it does say "Packed in Italy".

Anyone have any knowledge about the authenticity of TJ's olive oil?


No idea, but that's what I get, too. For a really inexpensive oil, it's very good. In general, TJ's stuff is pretty authentic. Their honey, for example, is one of the few that's definitely real.
 
2013-11-09 07:45:09 AM
ChubbyTiger:

No idea, but that's what I get, too. For a really inexpensive oil, it's very good. In general, TJ's stuff is pretty authentic. Their honey, for example, is one of the few that's definitely real.

Agreed. And I forgot about honey -- another product that is so often misrepresented among the choices in a lot of grocery stores, etc.
 
2013-11-09 08:05:14 AM
Oddly, some of the extra virgin olive oil is the same price as the virgin olive oil of the same brand.
 
2013-11-09 08:08:16 AM

bibli0phile: rocky_howard: This is why I buy Spaniard olive oil. Not likely to be a dumb ass American brand selling me crap.

I've known too many Spaniards.


"Virgin". I do not think it means what you think it means.
 
2013-11-09 08:16:39 AM
Bragg is one of my favorites, followed probably by Spectrum and Zoe's. I like Zoe's packaging the most, in that it completely blocks all light, being an opaque container; it's also Spanish olive oil. Taste wise though, definitely Bragg.
 
2013-11-09 08:47:51 AM

bibli0phile: rocky_howard: This is why I buy Spaniard olive oil. Not likely to be a dumb ass American brand selling me crap.

I've known too many Spaniards.
 in the works?

 
2013-11-09 09:33:53 AM

bibli0phile: rocky_howard: This is why I buy Spaniard olive oil. Not likely to be a dumb ass American brand selling me crap.

I've known too many Spaniards.


I swear on the soul of my father, Domingo Montoya, This olive oil is extra virgin.
 
2013-11-09 09:50:04 AM

TenJed_77: bdub77: Paid for by the California Olive Growers Association of America

Doesn't make much difference who does the study comes out the same. http://www.lapresse.ca/vivre/200901/25/01-820674-le-cas-de-lhuile-doli ve.php


But according to this article, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency runs the only lab accredited by the international olive oil council to test olive oils. Where does that leave the California Olive Grower's lab ?

The article does say that you cannot trust the pure virgin olive oil label to mean anything. European olive oil gets cut several times before being shipped overseas. This includes Italian oil, but also Greek oil. If you're lucky it will be cut with non-virgin olive oil from Africa, if you're less lucky it will be cut with rancid oil, and if you're unlucky it will be cut with used motor oil !

Moral of the story: at home we buy our expensive olive oil from one of the specialty shops mentioned in the article and which specializes in Spanish imports. Our everyday olive oil used to be Kirkland, but is now Antico simply because it's imported (from Spain) and packaged by the company I work for so I can get it cheap.
 
2013-11-09 10:47:24 AM
Well just great! Add this to the list with 2/3 of Honey not being real and only corn syrup.
 
2013-11-09 11:38:41 AM
Italy is exactly where I expect most bad olive oil imports to come from.

Unless it's some expensive heirloom olive oil with a brand tied to a particular region and a reputation to uphold; then I might believe it's real.  Otherwise just expect people from Italy to rip you off.
 
2013-11-09 12:40:31 PM

aerojockey: Italy is exactly where I expect most bad olive oil imports to come from.

Unless it's some expensive heirloom olive oil with a brand tied to a particular region and a reputation to uphold; then I might believe it's real.  Otherwise just expect people from Italy to rip you off.


Is this where I call "racist"?
 
2013-11-09 12:40:55 PM
Anyone else besides me getting increasingly irritated with the growing trend of lying labels, adulterated products and the escalation of salmonella and echoli infected foods?

Was going to buy a bottle of V-8 fruit juice the other day -- a company which boasts 100% real ingredients in its' products -- until I noticed the label said it only contained a percentage of real fruit. (The V-8 vegetable juice contains 100% vegetables.)

Then there's the adulterated honey, the 100% fake honey, the cholesterol free margarines which contain oils that turn into cholesterol after you consume them, the same with cholesterol free potato chips, 'healthy' vegetable oils that are far from being so and containers of fruit juice for your kids that contain no real fruit at all.

Hamburger meat which contains little beef but a lot of filler and flavor enhancers, bags of chicken parts 'infused' with sugar and broth, assorted meats injected with water to increase the package weight and packaged sausages crammed with fats and seasonings along with fillers like cellulose.

Artificial crab and lobster meat, breads that can sit on your table for months and not go bad, shredded cheeses dusted with a version of sawdust and containers of cottage cheese holding more than normal fluids to increase the weight.

I used to buy buttermilk as a kid that had real little chunks of butter in it. Now, the majority contain tapioca to make you think it has real butter. Actually, I haven't found any version of the 'real' buttermilk I enjoyed as a kid in years.

I bought a packet of Tuna in cans the other day and opened them to find a Tuna slurry. Meaning, almost more water than actual fish.

I'm getting tired of having manufacturers screwing around with my food. Don't mention organics to me either. A product can be labeled 'Organic' so long as it contains at least 5% actual organic contents.

Hershey, the Great American Chocolate producer, applied for permission to start adding artificial chocolate to it's products. (The government denied the request.)

And now they're f**king with my Olive Oil.

We used to get Georgia Peaches here that were huge, tasty and so juicy, it was best to eat them outside. Now we get Georgia 'rocks'. Not much juice, smaller and harder that those we enjoyed as a kid. A lot pricier also.

The last time I bought fresh peaches, I could have used them as baseballs. 'Green' peaches we used to let sit on the counter for a few days to ripen. None of the ones I can buy today will do that. They go from rock hard to rotten, kinda skipping the ripening stage.

However, there has been one improvement. When the cost of Green Bell Peppers soared years ago, the average ones were thin walled and small. Now, they're big, with thicker walls and the price has not gone up accordingly.
 
2013-11-09 02:33:13 PM

KimNorth: aerojockey: Italy is exactly where I expect most bad olive oil imports to come from.

Unless it's some expensive heirloom olive oil with a brand tied to a particular region and a reputation to uphold; then I might believe it's real.  Otherwise just expect people from Italy to rip you off.

Is this where I call "racist"?


Nope.  I'm of Italian heritage so I can talk on Italians all I want.

(It's mainly the culture and politics of Italy than the depravity of the Italian people.)
 
2013-11-09 10:36:26 PM
We use a lot of olive oil but we're pretty frugal and not connoisseurs so we normally get cheap stuff at Safeway. Bertolli, frequently, IIRC. Anyways, last spring we went to Italy and toured some wineries outside Florence. It was amazing, really, seeing these ancient (by North American standards) wineries still producing wine the same as they've been doing for literally hundreds of years. Anyways, wineries over there apparently all produce olive oil as well so we tasted a lot of olive oil along with the wine. Honestly, I didn't like it. It had too much flavor - one in particular I remember tasted a bit like dandelion or something. I assume that means it was good stuff but after so long on the bland cheap knock-off I didn't have a taste for it.

/csb
 
2013-11-10 10:27:14 AM

Rik01: Anyone else besides me getting increasingly irritated with the growing trend of lying labels, adulterated products and the escalation of salmonella and echoli infected foods?


Growing trend ?

No, it is not. From when Roman wine merchants started adding lead to wine in order to artificially sweeten it, adulterated foods have been with us. The adulteration of food is not a growing trend, public awareness of it is. For ex. 100 years ago, that can of veggie juice would not have had to list its ingredients and you would have been none the wiser.

Read up:
http://www.victorianweb.org/science/health/health1.html
http://www.amazon.ca/Swindled-History-Poisoned-Counterfeit-Coffee/dp /0 691138206
http://www.branchcollective.org/?ps_articles=judith-l-fisher-tea-and -f ood-adulteration-1834-75
 
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