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Mon Feb 4, 2019, 11:17 AM

When a recipe calls for simply "vegetable oil" what do you use?

Avocado oil comes to mind. Or EVOO.

Safflower and sunflower oils are seed oils.

Isn't corn oil actually a grain oil?

And grapeseed oil is a fruit oil.

Would peanut oil be a vegetable oil? Peanuts are legumes.

What other vegetable oils are there?

Generally when the recipe so specifies, it's looking to saute' something, but occasionally it pops up in a baking recipe.

High temp, low temp, they make a difference, too, don't they?

I'd just like to have an "all purpose" vegetable oil on hand for such recipes.

Right now the pantry includes EVOO, peanut, sesame, ghee, and coconut oils.

What else?

curiously,
Bright

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Reply When a recipe calls for simply "vegetable oil" what do you use? (Original post)
TygrBright Feb 2019 OP
DetlefK Feb 2019 #1
rampartc Feb 2019 #2
unblock Feb 2019 #7
DinahMoeHum Feb 2019 #3
dem in texas Feb 2019 #16
FakeNoose Feb 2019 #4
eShirl Feb 2019 #5
luvs2sing Feb 2019 #6
MontanaMama Feb 2019 #8
unblock Feb 2019 #9
WhiteTara Feb 2019 #10
packman Feb 2019 #11
tulipsandroses Feb 2019 #12
Polly Hennessey Feb 2019 #13
Huin Feb 2019 #14
Dr Hobbitstein Feb 2019 #15
procon Feb 2019 #17
Little Star Feb 2019 #18
Little Star Feb 2019 #19
Little Star Feb 2019 #20
TreasonousBastard Feb 2019 #23
tulipsandroses Feb 2019 #29
TreasonousBastard Feb 2019 #30
Wawannabe Feb 2019 #21
TreasonousBastard Feb 2019 #22
TygrBright Feb 2019 #24
TreasonousBastard Feb 2019 #31
Saviolo Feb 2019 #25
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Major Nikon Feb 2019 #27
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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 11:18 AM

1. You are overthinking this. If you would need a special oil, they would have written so.

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Response to DetlefK (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 11:22 AM

2. +1

my "go to" oil is olive oil, but peanit oil is good.

does peanut oil kill the allergic people ?(i guess so, just a passing thought.)

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Response to rampartc (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 11:28 AM

7. strictly speaking, no. it's the peanut *protein* that's the problem, not the oil. however,

by definition, peanut oil is processed in a facility that processes peanuts, so there's a risk of contamination.

never mind that the normal processing can't remove 100% of the protein.


we would never risk trying it out on mini-unblock, but if he were to accidentally eat something that was prepared with peanut oil, odds are he would be fine.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 11:23 AM

3. Canola oil.

Yeah, it's a seed oil.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 12:36 PM

16. Yes, Canola is what I use

no taste to it, supposed to be healthier than other vegetable oils. Made from the rapeseed plant. I don't use much oil, a bottle lasts 6 or 7 months. A few tablespoons to brown a cut of meat or brown onions or celery when starting a recipe. For baking, it is a different matter; give me butter! I keep evo on hand for salads.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 11:23 AM

4. Olive oil is the only one I use

I prefer margarine made with olive oil also, but it's getting harder to find these days.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 11:24 AM

5. plant origin oil

usually just olive oil; we always seem to have tons of it

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 11:27 AM

6. Depends on what I'm cooking.

If itís something that will be cooked over high heat, Iíll use peanut oil or grape seed oil as both have high smoke points.

If Iím making popcorn or baking, Iíll use canola oil. Unless the flavor of the oil is a feature of the baked good, you donít want to add flavor with the oil you use.

Sesame oil is really more of a flavor enhancer, IMO, and I use it mixed with peanut oil in stir-fry recipes or stir in a few drops at the end of cooking time.

I mostly use coconut oil as a skin softener. 😂

Anything else, I use olive oil. Just my personal preference.

My pantry has EVOO, canola oil, sesame oil, and coconut oil.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 11:30 AM

8. Avocado oil usually.

High smoke point, no flavor and it is light. Costco sells a big bottle for cheap and it is organic.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 11:32 AM

9. usually canola oil. it works and has a neutral flavor. olive oil is healthier but the flavor

doesn't always work. if it does, it's great and healthier.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 11:32 AM

10. It depends on what I'm cooking.

Olive oil for strong taste
Rice bran oil for almost everything else - this is the lightest of all the oils with high heat tolerance.
Coconut oil is not healthy for humans or the planet.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 11:39 AM

11. Try walnut oil for sauteing veggies

I use Olive oil (avoid high temp. - it turns bitter tasting IMHO) in general, grape seed oil for high temps, canola oil for frying and such.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 11:56 AM

12. I use Algae or Coconut Oil

Sometimes Lard or Tallow.

But I have different eating lifestyle than most which includes plenty of good fats and non inflammatory oils


I like Algae oil a lot. Its more expensive than other oils, hopefully more people will use it so the price point will become lower.

I make my own mayonnaise with Algae oil.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 11:57 AM

13. Canola, olive, or peanut.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 12:01 PM

14. Canola oil, Coconut oil and Olive oil

I like to use coconut oil instead of lard on the griddle. Once our doctor mentioned it that it is better than lard.

For baking and most other uses calling for oil my favorite is canola oil. I understand that canola oil is another name for rape seed oil.

For Italian cooking we put a little olive oil into the spaghetti to keep them from sticking together.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 12:09 PM

15. Peanut if high heat. Canola for moderate.

 

EVOO for lower heat.

Everything else is a waste of money, IMHO. Coconut oil is quite unhealthy. More saturated fats than bacon grease (which I also cook with occasionally) or lard.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 12:57 PM

17. I go by taste and the type of food I'm cooking.

Oils without flavor or aroma work for all recipes.Olive oil is better suited to savory dishes than sweet ones, and so forth. I avoid the 'designer' and specialty cooking oils unless a recipe actually calls for it.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 01:00 PM

18. 10 Reasons to Bring Lard Back

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Response to Little Star (Reply #18)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 03:16 PM

23. Interesting. Problem is finding pure lard. Most of the lard I see is cut with Crisco...

or some maybe worse hydrogenated fat.

She gives directions for rendering lard, but then you still have to find the hog fat. Bacon fat won't work so well.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #23)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 10:44 PM

29. I'm too lazy to render my own lard

I order online - I have pure lard, leaf lard, beef tallow, lamb tallow and chicken fat. I use them in different applications.

I have occasionally found quality lard at local farmers' markets. You might want to check a local Farmer's Market.

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Response to tulipsandroses (Reply #29)

Tue Feb 5, 2019, 02:42 AM

30. Not farmer's markets around here-- only stuff they grow or make. But...

I haven't tried all the specialty butchers in Polish Town. And there are a couple of other great butchers a few miles down the road.

Leaf lard is the one I want, but it's not always around.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 02:02 PM

21. Canola oil

Is my go to. Made from rapeseed.
Tastes better than veg oil.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 03:08 PM

22. "Vegetable oil" is usually just soybean oil mixed with other stuff...

It should all be on the label. Carry a small magnifying glass with you-- I didn't know there was smaller than 1 point type for ingredient labels..

Some pure food cranks are claiming all seed oils are poison because of processing. I have no idea if they have a point or not, but seriously doubt it. Anyway, with them it's avocado, olive, and coconut oil or nothing-- must be pressed from the fruit, not processed from the seed.

But, coconut oil seems to have a lot of "bad" fats. And, isn't a coconut just a big ol' seed?

Anyway, I ignore most of that and break it down to just 3-- peanut, olive, and canola. And I tend to buy largely on price. I do not need Super, Ultra, Blessed by the Pope EVOO; Just something better than the last pressing crud for most cooking. Maybe a small bottle of the good stuff for drizzling on salads. I see avocado oil all over the place and might try some, but I don't use all that much oil and what I have in stock sometimes goes rancid.

Peanut oil I get for "free". Smuckers, Polaner, and a few others sell the un-homogenized PB with the oil sitting on top. No added sugar or other stuff is a plus, too. So, I just pour off the top oil, and there's still enough oil left in the jar to stop the PB from turning rock hard. I have this small jar of peanut oil on the shelf for high heat cooking and flavoring.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #22)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 04:27 PM

24. I never thought of pouring off and saving the oil on peanut butter! Thanks!

Absolutely no reason not to.

heh...

I used to keep nearly a dozen bottles of different oils, but ran into the same problem you're talking about- I don't use enough, often enough, and they go rancid.

I do keep a bottle of walnut oil in the refrigerator for salads.

thanks!

interestedly,
Bright

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #24)

Tue Feb 5, 2019, 02:45 AM

31. Walnut oil! Completely forgot about that. I'll have to try to find some.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 06:48 PM

25. Completely depends on what we're cooking.

If we want a flavour, we add an oil with flavour, such as peanut or olive. We typically "nacre" our rice in coconut oil, because it has benefits to do so. If we need a good neutral high smoke point oil, it's typically grapeseed. Our standard go-to vegetable oil is this locally produced cold-pressed canola oil that's really lovely. Lard, shortening, and or butter in cookies, and butter in biscuits. We have just plain olive oil for cooking and really nice flavourful olive oil for salad dressings and other applications where you'd really want the flavour to come through.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 06:51 PM

26. Sunflower Oil

Yes, its a flower and a seed - but its one of the best cooking oils. High heating point, no funky taste and its rich in Vitamin E, Omega-3 and antioxidants.....

I buy a great Non-GMO one off Amazon.....love it....

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2019, 08:27 PM

27. I keep two kinds of oil on hand at all times

EVOO and light olive oil. EVOO is for salads and low temperature cooking (below 300F). Anything above 300F and when I want an oil that provides a neutral taste.

Generally speaking refined oils like light olive oil and many other vegetable oils will handle higher cooking temperatures as the impurities that tend to burn have been removed. Unrefined oils like EVOO have more flavor, but will burn much more easily.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2019, 08:43 AM

32. I use olive oil for everything.

I rarely fry anything, but if I do I use part olive oil and part unsalted butter. I add a little sesame oil when I'm doing Chinese.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2019, 11:01 AM

33. Coconut and olive

I generally use refined coconut oil for hot applications because itís very neutral, does well on high heat, and is theoretically good for you, although that sort of thing seems to change all the time. For potato pancakes I only use peanut oil because it seems to taste best in that application. For cold applications, I use olive oil.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2019, 06:26 PM

34. I use vegetable oil.

We do keep both canola oil and olive oil on hand

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 06:29 PM

35. I can't think of any non-vegetable cooking oils

Animal-based fats are generally solids (chemistry geek aside: chemically, fats are oils that are solids at room temperature, defined as 25C). I'm not sure about ghee, since I don't use it, but it starts out as butter.

I use olive oil - bought in bulk at Costco - for most cooking. I currently have peanut oil and canola oil for when I want to fry at a higher temperature, or don't want a noticeable taste. I sometimes use them for baking as well. I have some sesame oil, but that's more of a flavoring than something to fry with.

Then there's the good olive oil - grown and pressed in California and sold at the local farmers' market by the producer - that I use in salad dressings and whenever I want the grassy taste to come through.

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