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  • Is extra virgin olive oil the only healthy one?

    I read that regular olive oil has all kinds of chemicals etc. i tried making mayonnaise with extra virgin olive oil and it was gross. Is it true that it only tastes good with regular olive oil or did i just do something wrong?

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    No, and I don't think you should cook with it. Regular olive oil you can cook with, extra virgin should be served over salads. You can cook with coconut oil and avocado oil, though. Macadamia nut oil is good over salads as well. The aforementioned avocado oil makes fantastic mayo.
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    • #3
      Extra virgin just means it's from the first pressing and will have the most flavour. Light olive oil is from later pressings, and light refers to the taste, not the fat content. I buy good quality light olive oil for making mayo and save the extra virgin for the times when I want the taste. Also, as long as you don't use it at really high temperatures, you can cook with extra-virgin oil just fine.

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      • #4
        Emulsifying extra virgin olive oil with a food processor causes the [insert sciency term for green plant stuff here] to disperse and will overwhelm the mayonnaise with bitterness. You want to use a neutral-flavored oil like pure/light olive, avocado, macadamia, or grapeseed. Pure olive oil is the cheapest low-PUFA option (a heavily saturated fat like coconut oil will break)..

        Extra virgin olive oil is fine if you're making an aioli or pesto with a mortar and pestle, though. It's also ok for quick & low heat cooking like sauteed greens, just don't let it get smoky.
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        • #5
          I drink extra virgin olive oil. I don't see what is bad about it. Anyways I guess if you're cooking the olive oil in a frying pan it is bad. Did it a couple of times but heard that it can cause cancer or whatever. Now I just use it in the oven for turkey,chicken, and potatoes.

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          • #6
            I use macadamia nut oil for my mayo. Much yummier. Also, try bacon grease mayo for a treat!!!
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            • #7
              We made kale chips and zucchini chips for the first time this weekend and they were really bitter - we used EVOO. Is that why?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                No, and I don't think you should cook with it. Regular olive oil you can cook with, extra virgin should be served over salads. You can cook with coconut oil and avocado oil, though. Macadamia nut oil is good over salads as well. The aforementioned avocado oil makes fantastic mayo.
                I agree with this.
                Avocado oil works the best for the mayo.

                P.S- Your chipotle mayo recipe ROCKS!!

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                • #9
                  We've started cooking with Palm shortening for everyday stuff. It has a high smoke point and is flavor neutral. I personally prefer it over coconut oil. Haven't tried it for any type of mayo. We use EVOO for salad only.

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                  • #10
                    Tried to use coconut oil for mayo once. It set up like a ROCK.

                    I used plain olive oil for my mayo last week. Though there's a faint olive oily-ness to it, it's not insurmountable. Since I mostly use my mayo for salad dressing anyway, it's fine.

                    What you need to be careful with is olive oil that is suspiciously cheap. It may be adulterated.

                    And olive pomace oil, I believe, is not intended to be eaten. Makes a great soap, though.
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