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How to ascertain ‘genuine’ extra virgin olive oil in Chiang Mai….


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Following a program the other day on the ‘olive oil scam’ in Europe…..made me ponder what I was buying at the Supermarket in Chiang Mai….

I’ve been deliberately taking extra following some health advice……and now I’m wondering…

Is there any way to ascertain if specific brands on sale here are actually ‘genuine’ EVOO…..?

Appreciate your assistance as always…

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I've never seen the 'Sabrosso' brand extra-virgin named in any of the Scam Oil Lists.

Not cheap, but very nice for cooking or even dipping bread.

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"Virgin" olive oil is a massive scam.

If it's "Virgin" then it congeals at the temperatures you normally find in grocery stores in Thailand (24 or colder).  Look around.  Most "good" coconut oil is congealed.  I challenge you to find a congealed bottle of olive oil anywhere in Thailand (or most of the world).
It's a massive scam and government regulators do - nothing.

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6 hours ago, Pattaya Spotter said:

If you stick with the major Italian and Spanish brands sold in stores you're getting what it says on the label...the oil adulteration stuff occurs in the bulk oil market...the stuff sold to restaurants and other large users. It's not the 250 ml, 500ml, and 1 litre bottles.

Thanks for the advice. I love olives/oil but always hesitate when I see the prices in supermarkets. 

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EVOO must have source on label    Italy preferred...cold press meaning do not heat it up

 

Is meant to be used cold in dressings and the like......doesnt have a high smoke point

 

Crusty bread with antipasto etc.....is an oil to flavor dishes not to fry with...drizzle

 

I used to cook for Rimping they have decent selection...good EVOO aint cheap tho

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13 minutes ago, Sticky Rice Balls said:

EVOO must have source on label    Italy preferred...cold press meaning do not heat it up

 

Is meant to be used cold in dressings and the like......doesnt have a high smoke point

 

Crusty bread with antipasto etc.....is an oil to flavor dishes not to fry with...drizzle

 

I used to cook for Rimping they have decent selection...good EVOO aint cheap tho

Wow! Many thanks for the info.

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21 hours ago, KannikaP said:

Sorry it was Bht 850, but now is Bht 1450.

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Had this before when it was 750 baht . It was fine and very cheap,should’ve bought more ! 

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7 minutes ago, nchuckle said:

Had this before when it was 750 baht . It was fine and very cheap,should’ve bought more ! 

Thanks for your recommendation.

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15 hours ago, KhunLA said:

Olive oil does not start to congeal at 24C ... not even close.  Not till about 12C or less.

Correct, from a foodie website.

 

At about 45-50°F, the olive oil can begin to solidify, making it look cloudy or crystalized. As the olive oil gets colder, it turns into the consistency of butter. When completely frozen, it becomes a very hard butter.

 

That would be just about 10 as said Centigrade.  

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Thanks for the replies so far……

The initial reason I started taking EVOO daily was that it was recommended by my eye specialist re macular degeneration. 
 

The price doesn’t worry me that much. I was just wondering if there was some type of ‘certification’ system or similar.

 

I don’t use in for cooking. I take it neat or mixed in with other food.

 

But the advice so far is appreciated…

 

 

 

 

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23 hours ago, The Fugitive said:

Wow! Many thanks for the info.

was actually in rimping today...

if u want to cook with it they have the lighter versions or blends

but as my grandma from sicily would slap me if u heated EVOO  

I like getting good crusty bread to dip in EVOO with fresh parm-s/p-garlic-red flakes-herbs

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On 8/13/2022 at 7:25 PM, Pattaya Spotter said:

If you stick with the major Italian and Spanish brands sold in stores you're getting what it says on the label...the oil adulteration stuff occurs in the bulk oil market...the stuff sold to restaurants and other large users. It's not the 250 ml, 500ml, and 1 litre bottles.

Which brands do you recommend? 

 

I read a report several years ago that some of the Italian brands were not giving genuine olive oil.

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On 8/14/2022 at 12:36 AM, The Fugitive said:

Thanks for the advice. I love olives/oil but always hesitate when I see the prices in supermarkets. 

Healthy food sometimes costs a bit more...but think how much you save on medical bills - strokes and heart attacks aren't cheap 😉

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5 minutes ago, Pattaya Spotter said:

Healthy food sometimes costs a bit more...but think how much you save on medical bills - strokes and heart attacks aren't cheap 😉

Maybe if you were just starting as a child.

But as a retired old person, I don't think what you eat will make much difference.

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