Recipes & Cookery Tips: How to buy good olive oil

Rule 1: Don't just look at the price. With olive oil, you get what you pay for. Cheap olive oil tastes cheap.

Rule 2: Do trust your own instincts and eyes, rather than brand names and advertising. The only reason to look at the label is to ensure you are buying 100% extra virgin olive oil, which has had the least processing and tastes best.

Rule 3: The most attractive color usually indicates the best quality olive oil.

Rule 4: The highest quality, best-tasting olive oil is green, and much darker than ordinary olive oil, which tends to be more yellow.

Q: Okay, but make it easier for me - which brand should I buy?
A: Please trust your own instincts and eyes, read the suggestions above, try different brands with different ingredients and styles of cooking, and decide which is best for you.

Q: Do I have to use the highest quality olive oil?
A: If you spend a lot of time and effort preparing food, and use good quality ingredients, then the answer is yes. Don't spoil high-quality ingredients by cooking them with cheap olive oil.

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