8 Foods Not Worth the Extra Money (and 5 That Are)

Learn where you can cut corners and which foods you might want to pay more for. Check out this guide from Michelle Madden, founder of The Sweet Beet. (14 Photos)

Michelle Madden on Dec 8, 2010 at 12:52PM

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8 Foods Not Worth the Extra Money (and 5 That Are)

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Olive Oil: Not Worth It

I use extra-virgin olive oil liberally and indiscriminately. It goes into salad dressings and marinades, I drizzle it into the blender for hummus, dump it on vegetables for roasting and smear it over cast iron pans for seasoning (which is why I’d be broke if I bought expensive brands). Fortunately, many brands of “extra virgin olive oil” exist for under $5 per liter. Pricier versions can range from $10 to $30 per liter and beyond. If you do buy a more expensive brand, don’t waste it on high-heat cooking, where it can lose its flavor. Rather, use it sparingly as a “finishing” oil.

For more info on extra virgin olive oil and when not to use it, click here.

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