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The Oil That Olives Are In

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 01, 2011 at 8:04 PM

I love olives; they're my main source of salty/sour flavor in my diet. I eat maybe 2-3 lbs. a month, all from olive bars in NYC. I was kind of shocked the other day when I was at Westside Market and a lot of their "fresh" (plastic containers rather than glass jars) olives were labeled as having CANOLA OIL in them. WTF? I asked about it, and nobody could give me a straight answer; mostly they speculated that, "No, this must be an error."

Now I'm getting paranoid. Just as I was unwittingly eating a significant amount of soy oil at Chipotle on a regular basis, I fear that this may be happening with olives too (but with canola). Help me not have to ask everywhere I go: If a bucket of olives has an oddly thick oil, is this a sign of something? Do I just have to ask who a store's olive distributor is and be able to know from that? There's no way I'm going to start importing pallets of hard olives and home curing them.

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

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on April 05, 2011
at 04:21 AM

update: Westside Market on the UWS claims they exclusively use olive oil in their olives.

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on April 04, 2011
at 05:12 PM

I hear you. Try bringing them a print out on how that oil is made. I think when people know about the beach and solvents and deodorizers, they made change. Remember, there was ONLY olive oil for a long long time. It works just fine.

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

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on April 03, 2011
at 06:06 AM

dang, really discouraged by the consensus here--maybe PaleoNYC can take this on after the big Chipotle flash mob. :)

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

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on April 03, 2011
at 06:04 AM

i think some of the olives are in brine; it isn't always obvious to me.

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on April 02, 2011
at 03:56 PM

I just had to tell a local maker of sauces that I would not be buying their main product because it was based on Canola oil. Sadness.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

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on April 02, 2011
at 11:55 AM

True, but I do like that the bar is clearly labelled and does not make me guess!

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on April 02, 2011
at 03:43 AM

The oil is sprayed on the chicken in the cooking process...

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on April 02, 2011
at 12:51 AM

Why would any of us be eating the beans? And why on Earth would you put ANY kind of oil in salsa? I mean maybe I can see a little olive oil in some kinds of salsa, but soy oil? Why?

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on April 01, 2011
at 11:24 PM

Chipotle uses non-gmo soybean oil in their black beans, pinto beans, red and green salsas. But it's still soybean oil.

3ccab807e2b8bb1d050c3584d9c1dd12

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on April 01, 2011
at 10:14 PM

This kinda sucks...because I was about to get some olives...Nandos has an Olive Mix

3ccab807e2b8bb1d050c3584d9c1dd12

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on April 01, 2011
at 10:09 PM

Ahhhh...you figured out the Chipotle secret..

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on April 01, 2011
at 09:00 PM

Does Chipotle exclusively use soy oil?

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on April 01, 2011
at 08:14 PM

It would be nice if manufacturers replaced all soy and canola with olive oil. I dunno how that would work out for olives, though. I bit redundant, don't you think?

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244dca88091fa349a77379b1629d0b25

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on April 01, 2011
at 10:20 PM

I've checked the olive bar at my local Wegmans and indeed, canola oil is in 95% of the olives they sell. Most likely yours are packed in the same pseudo-healthy canola oil.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

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on April 02, 2011
at 11:55 AM

True, but I do like that the bar is clearly labelled and does not make me guess!

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on April 02, 2011
at 08:55 PM

My local grocer sells calamata olives in soybean oil. When last at Whole Foods, I found exactly ONE olive variety that was in actual olive oil and not some seed oil.

Then I discovered the hard way that olives don't work with the paleo diet for me. So the occasional martini will go from three to one.

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F5dba6620bab247c3ebf5a4e8324b39d

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on April 01, 2011
at 09:51 PM

Why do you get the olives in oil and not brine?

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

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on April 03, 2011
at 06:04 AM

i think some of the olives are in brine; it isn't always obvious to me.

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0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

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on April 01, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Canola is cheap and is used EVERYWHERE...and it sucks but it pays to do your own cooking- its fun learning btw and find a real source and buy bulk. And by all means tell them that these olives are unexceptable.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on April 02, 2011
at 03:56 PM

I just had to tell a local maker of sauces that I would not be buying their main product because it was based on Canola oil. Sadness.

0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

(4645)

on April 04, 2011
at 05:12 PM

I hear you. Try bringing them a print out on how that oil is made. I think when people know about the beach and solvents and deodorizers, they made change. Remember, there was ONLY olive oil for a long long time. It works just fine.

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