I cook with olive oil on a regular basis. I love the taste of this one as well. It also won the taste test from Consumer Reports. In Case you didnt know Kirkland is owned by Costco and you get this for the same price (at the time of this review). This particular Olive Oil is not mixed with any other cheaper oils. Extra-Virgin has no regulation on how much of the oil in the bottle has to be extra-virgin to be labeled as such. Only that some of the oil is extra virgin. From the research I have done this one is not mixed with cheaper olive oils. Also I did perform the refrigerator test to see if it would turn solid and it did. (Put your olive oil in the fridge over night. If it turns solid it is Extra-Virgin, if it stays liquid it is not) The 2nd test is the smoke temperature. The lower the smoke point the more pure and unprocessed it is. Every oil has a smoke point. Extra-virgin by rights should have a lower smoke point than virgin or refined olive oil.
There are a huge amount of fake EVOO on the American market. Even brands at prices you wouldn't believe, they are cutting their EVOO with cheaper oils. The COSTCO brand was found to be one of the few real ones. And at a great price too!
Taste is good, not overpowering. I like that it solidifies in the fridge as that is an indication that it is REAL and not a mixed oil. I use it in my salads, (pasta salads and green salads). I drizzle it on chicken cutlets to bake. I do stir fry with it against recommendation by some nutritionists, but for as often as I stir fry, I think I'll be okay.
I use it in my pizza dough recipe for my bread machine too! Blends the ingredients well.
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