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Where to buy cooking olive oil?

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Created April 19, 2013 at 12:34 AM

My understanding is that extra-virgin olive oil should not be used for cooking since it can oxidize more quickly. I'm wondering where I can find non-extra virgin olive oil. I've looked at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's and they only seem to carry extra virgin.

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on April 19, 2013
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I use butter and ghee too, and sometimes coconut oil too. For some dishes though, I prefer olive oil for the taste. And for very high heat cooking, I only use coconut oil and ghee.

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Here's a good piece.. not that it really answers your question. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/defending-olive-oils-reputation/#axzz2Qs4LYf8r

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It's also much safer at high heats. I cook with animal fat and ghee as well.

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on April 19, 2013
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Extra virgin is fine to cook with, just don't burn it (as with any oil). I've dumped coconut oil. Olive oil or butter is all I bother with anymore, red palm oil for vitamin E too.

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on April 19, 2013
at 12:58 AM

You would be better off cooking with coconut oil. I prefer the taste to olive oil.

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on April 19, 2013
at 02:34 AM

I use butter and ghee too, and sometimes coconut oil too. For some dishes though, I prefer olive oil for the taste. And for very high heat cooking, I only use coconut oil and ghee.

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on April 19, 2013
at 01:21 AM

It's also much safer at high heats. I cook with animal fat and ghee as well.

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on April 19, 2013
at 05:15 AM

I agree with Matt and just wanted to add that if I'm using olive oil to cook with, I don't turn the heat up past 6 or so on my stove.

I buy non-extra-virgin ("light" flavored) olive oil at costco to use when I'm making mayonnaise. I understand that it's not as healthy, but depending on what I'm doing with the mayo, it can taste better.

I think with oxidation, though, it's best to use EVOO because the antioxidants get "sacrificed" during the cooking and prevent oxidation. At least that's what I read in It Starts With Food.

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