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Old 10-20-2008, 07:35 PM   #1
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Can I substitute olive oil for butter?

Can I substitute olive oil for butter in any recipe?

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Old 10-20-2008, 07:48 PM   #2
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It depends on the recipe Petez... we'd need to know which one you want to use.
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:01 PM   #3
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In cookery, probably - in baking, probably not.

Like pdswife said - it depends on the recipe, what you're making and how the fat is being used.
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:16 PM   #4
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As the others have said it depends on what you are making. What did you have in mind?
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:59 PM   #5
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If you are sauteing, yes. Watch the temperature, though. In recipes that call for butter as an ingredient, I wouldn't. The flavour is different, not to mention that one is solid and the other is not. Even when melted, their properties are not equal.
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:45 AM   #6
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VeraBlue, I have made the discovery by trial and error that what you say is true. I made a sort of bread pudding with a caramel sauce. Instead of butter I used olive oil for the caramel sauce. It turned out to be very runny. It was quite awful. My husband and I had a good laugh at my flop. I definitely won't be doing that again. :) I was just trying to look for healthier alternatives to butter.
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Old 10-21-2008, 04:42 AM   #7
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Petez, in baking, absolutely not. In cooking, possibly, tho it depends on what you are making. As you already learned with your caramel sauce, oil, especially olive oil, didn't work!!! Butter really is NOT a "bad thing", and like pretty much everything else, when used, eaten, consumed, etc., in moderation, most things are NOT bad for you.
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Old 10-21-2008, 05:00 AM   #8
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I was just trying to look for healthier alternatives to butter.
I assumed that from your original post. When opting for healthier eating habits, there is more to consider than just fat, calories, sodium, etc... Somethings, when made healthier, just are plain lousy. Sometimes, you are better off doing without something than trying to change it. A simple glaze of 10x, skim milk and vanilla would have been easire on the diet than the regular caramel sauce.

Sometimes, a little taste of something is satisfying, as well. Make the sauce as the recipe calls for, but just put a tablespoon of it the bread pudding...

Butter, cheese, red meat, sugar....just think moderation and you can have whatever you want, (that is, of course, unless you doctor has advised against something). Portion control is always going to be the key issue.
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Old 10-21-2008, 11:20 AM   #9
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Petez, in baking, absolutely not.

Actually, there are situtations in baking where it's acceptable to sub olive oil for butter.
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:37 AM   #10
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I suppose it's true that sometimes moderation is the superior option.
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