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Okay, time to give me your opinion. At Trader Joe's the other day I got into a conversation with 2 other women about using olive oil in baking items instead of vegetable oil. They both said they have
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Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 4/11/2012 7:06 AM EDT
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I like the olive oil better then the other oils .

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/2/2012 9:45 AM EDT
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Hi.
This is my first time posting. I was intrigued with this question and read many of the posts.
Here's my take:
Olive oil (EVOO) is great when used for dipping or adding to other dips (hummus; baba ganoush) and for some cooking. It is not great for ALL types of cooking. For example, in my opinion, it does not do well with Indian cooking. Nor is it great for frying anything due to its low burning point. 
My in-laws bought a huge jug of olive oil from Costco. They were using it for all their cooking. I noticed that the food tasted different -- it wasn't great -- not what I was used to. This happened on a few occasions. I was asked to make something while I was there one time and noticed the olive oil. I searched for anything else; vegetable or canola oil. Nothing. So I was forced to use it and my dish, which is usually really good, tasted like @#$%. Even my kids complained that there was something different. Maybe the in-laws don't feel the difference because they are older and their taste buds are changing?
Time passed and we were getting together with a lot of family members at the in-laws. My hubby asked me to make this wonderful fried fish (Indian style) that is only known to a particular region of north India. I carefully prepared it and marinated it. I thought that I would fry it at the in-laws so that it would be fresh and hot. My husband bragged about this fish. I started to shallow fry it with the olive oil -- I thought they might have vegetable oil by now. The fish started to cook really fast and the inside was too wet. I had to really fry it to get it right. My husband complained that it was not as crispy as he likes it; that his friend could make it better! The nerve! I struggled to get it right and was stumped as to why it was not up to par. Then it hit me -- it was the olive oil. I told my hubby though I'm not sure he believed me. It still tasted great but that was thanks to the spices. I told everybody that the fish tasted different because of the oil.
A few days later, I made the same fish at my house. I used vegetable oil. Wow. What a difference! The fish was back to my standards. I made it to prove to the hubby that the oil makes all the difference. He finally got it. I swore that if he ever wants me to make the fish again at his parents I would either fry it at home or I would take my own bottle of vegetable oil with me!
Thank goodness! My in-laws have started purchasing vegetable oil again. They still use the olive oil but at least there is vegetable oil.
Oh. One more thing. I ran out of vegetable oil once and use olive oil for making rice. Since you really don't need that much, I thought it would be fine. What a mistake. My food tasted horrible. To this day when I think of that rice I seriously gag. I'm actually turned off by rice now because of that one mistake. I should have just boiled the rice that day. I'm not crazy about boiled rice but at least I would still like it today.
Anyways, sorry for the long post but I thought I would really relay my experience.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/2/2012 1:28 PM EDT
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This discussion is very interesting.  I use a lot of olive oil in regular cooking.  Occasionally I use Canola oil in things like waffles or pancakes.  BUT in baking I almost always use unsalted BUTTER!  I am very concerned with taste, and smoking points(ie deep frying).  I also think it is a matter of personal preference.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/2/2012 2:48 PM EDT
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GRANA  here;
 I use EVOO for saute of veggies for Middle Eastern & Mediteranean  dishes; for deep frying on hgh heat , olive oil burns too quickly ; I fry in canola oil  &  "finish" the dish w/ a  splash or drizzle of EVOO.
Canoa oil is supposedto be yust as heart healthy & since it can take the much igher frying temps , it is  it is my main choice of oil for most of my cooking.It is flavor neutral &I even use it in some off my baking,cookies,waffle & muffin recipes.EVOo is on mytable to drizzle on salads & steamed veggies ( replacing butter)
I also useEVOO in the few  breads equiring  oil always dip/dunk fresh warm crusty bread into a dish of EVOO instead of spreading w/ butter; so delish, learned it in a high priced Italian restaurant, before ur retirement when we could still afford such luxuries...now I serve it at home at a nearly affordable cost.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/2/2012 2:48 PM EDT
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GRANA  here;
 I use EVOO for saute of veggies for Middle Eastern & Mediteranean  dishes; for deep frying on high  heat , olive oil burns  too quickly ; I fry in canola oil  &  "finish" the dish w/ a  splash or drizzle of EVOO, off heat , just beforeserving .
Canoa oil is supposed to be just as heart healthy & since it can take the much higher frying tempsi, it is  it ismy main choice of oil for most f my cooking.It is flavor neutral &I even use it in some of my baking,cookies, waffles & muffin recipes ....EVOO  is on my  my table to drizzle on salads & steamed veggies ( replacing butter)
I also use EVOO in  the few breads requiring  oil& always dip/dunk fresh warm crusty bread into a dish of EVOO instead of spreading w/ butter; so delish, learned it in a high priced Italian restaurant, before ur retirement when we could still afford such luxuries...now I serve it at home at a nearly affordable cost.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/2/2012 3:04 PM EDT
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Hi TABI M; WELCOMETO VBB;GRANA  here;
 I agree w/ you about olive oil not beoing suitable for frying( low flashpoint; but for a low w heat saute it works well ( Like Greek style green beans in onions, herbs &  diced tomatoess .. It is also less shelf stable& goes rancid more rapidly than canola, or corn oils,but  when fresh,  adds such a nice lfavor ; Such a shame about your wonderful fish dish being  spoiled by the wrong oil; learn from it & bring your own oil next time; Ihave o bring my wn Asian dark/toasted  sesameoil whem askedto make my Asian soups in someone else's kitchen.I keep a  ( small) refillable 4 oz bottle for just such occcasionsWink

 my opinion, it does not do well with Indian cooking. Nor is it great for frying anything due to its low burning point.  My in-laws bought a huge jug of olive oil from Costco. They were using it for all their cooking. I noticed that the food tasted different -- it wasn't great -- not what I was used to. This happened on a few occasions. I was asked to make something while I was there one time and noticed the olive oil. I searched for anything else; vegetable or canola oil. Nothing. So I was forced to use it and my dish, which is usually really good, tasted like @#$%. Even my kids complained that there was something different. Maybe the in-laws don't feel the difference because they are older and their taste buds are changing? Time passed and we were getting together with a lot of family members at the in-laws. My hubby asked me to make this wonderful fried fish (Indian style) that is only known to a particular region of north India. I carefully prepared it and marinated it. I thought that I would fry it at the in-laws so that it would be fresh and hot. My husband bragged about this fish. I started to shallow fry it with the olive oil -- I thought they might have vegetable oil by now. The fish started to cook really fast and the inside was too wet. I had to really fry it to get it right. My husband complained that it was not as crispy as he likes it; that his friend could make it better! The nerve! I struggled to get it right and was stumped as to why it was not up to par. Then it hit me -- it was the olive oil. I told my hubby though I'm not sure he believed me. It still tasted great but that was thanks to the spices. I told everybody that the fish tasted different because of the oil. A few days later, I made the same fish at my house. I used vegetable oil. Wow. What a difference! The fish was back to my standards. I made it to prove to the hubby that the oil makes all the difference. He finally got it. I swore that if he ever wants me to make the fish again at his parents I would either fry it at home or I would take my own bottle of vegetable oil with me! Thank goodness! My in-laws have started purchasing vegetable oil again. They still use the olive oil but at least there is vegetable oil. Oh. One more thing. I ran out of vegetable oil once and use olive oil for making rice. Since you really don't need that much, I thought it would be fine. What a mistake. My food tasted horrible. To this day when I think of that rice I seriously gag. I'm actually turned off by rice now because of that one mistake. I should have just boiled the rice that day. I'm not crazy about boiled rice but at least I would still like it today. Anyways, sorry for the long post but I thought I would really relay my experience.
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Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 9/18/2012 7:32 PM EDT
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GRANA here;
I use Cnola ol  in cooking, especially in frying since t has ahigher flash point (doesnt smoke as easily  ( withstands high heat better &ia nearl y      as healthy  as olive  oi         I use   canola oil in baking unless the recipe calls for something else.I've never tried
   light olive oil;I buy use EVOO asa bread dunk or over  cooked pasta w/grated cheese; as I  was taught by an elderly Italian neighbor many years ago.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 9/18/2012 8:41 PM EDT
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I do the same Ann I use canola for cooking and baking.I use good EVOO for salads,hummus, dipping and tossing in with pasta.I also keep toasted sesame oil for my seaweed salad.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 9/19/2012 12:25 AM EDT
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Any oil can become rancid. If you store oil in the wrong location it affects the taste and outcome of your usage.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 9/19/2012 7:43 AM EDT
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I make alot of baked good with olive oil because they say in is better for you.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 9/19/2012 8:23 AM EDT
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I use olive oil to cook with and canola oil to bake,

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 10/2/2012 12:31 AM EDT
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In Response to Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil:
Okay, time to give me your opinion. At Trader Joe's the other day I got into a conversation with 2 other women about using olive oil in baking items instead of vegetable oil. They both said they have switched to olive oil because it is more healthy, and they swear you can't taste the difference in the baking items. What do you all think?
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I use light olive oil in all my baking and to fry eggs in,etc.   I don't even have vegetable oil anymore. I can't tell the difference and I haven't had any complaints from my husband.

Sherry

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 10/2/2012 7:55 AM EDT
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I made the cookies with vegetable oil.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 10/2/2012 9:08 AM EDT
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i use olive oil for everything and that is for pie crust also
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