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Old 01-14-2012, 01:56 PM   #61
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Originally Posted by Steve Kroll View Post
Not to my knowledge. But why not just use organic Canola oil? It's not GMO.

Peanut oil has some issues as well. It contains a great deal of saturated fat, and is very omega-6 heavy (omega-6 fatty acids are the ones that promote blood clotting). A single tablespoon of peanut oil contains 4 grams of omega-6 and virtually no omega-3.
I guess mostly I don't buy organic products because they cost more and frankly they're just not in my budget, can't afford to pay more.

I guess it's a lucky thing that I fry so rarely. For one thing, I don't think eating a lot of deep fried food is good for a person. And also, frying uses up an awful lot of oil (say, compared to pan saute) and again I can seldom afford to use a whole bottle of oil to cook one meal. Yes you can reuse oil of course but my experience is that most oils with most foods can be used only a very limited number of times.

Lucky thing for me that I enjoy stir fried foods so much. A little bit of olive oil is usually all I need.

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Old 01-14-2012, 02:38 PM   #62
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Originally Posted by sparrowgrass View Post
"Don't play with them"-- +1 on that. Put them on the hot pan and LEAVE THEM ALONE. Works for browning chunks of meat for stew, as well.

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Old 01-14-2012, 02:44 PM   #63
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Originally Posted by Steve Kroll View Post
Canola is Rapeseed oil. Rape (from the Latin "Rapa") is a type of turnip. The phrase "Canola" was invented in Canada, not the oil itself.
According to the website Canolainfo.org ....Canola Oil and the "Canola Plant"
were invented (grown) in Canada. The Rapeseed plant you are referring to,
and the "Canola Plant" are not the same. The Rapeseed plant was bred to
have a lower amount of acid that was considered safe for humans to
consume. This plant is considered to be different than the Rapeseed plant,
and is called the Canola Plant.
Granted, this website could post false information, but from my research
it appears to be correct. The link is below.
CanolaInfo | What is Canola Oil?

The breeding of the Canola plant from the Rapeseed plant may be safe
for humans...I am not 100% convinced of this...but that is my personal
What made me decide not to use Canola Oil was when I found out that
the Monsanto Corporation had genetically modified the seed and patented
it. This gave me concern as I am not yet convinced that it is a good idea
for people to consume genetically modified foods, as these foods are not
natural. Plus there is some real concerns about the long term impact on
our environment from the planting of these crops. Below is a link to a
Google search that lists many websites that discuss this at great length.
genetically modified foods and the environmet - Google Search
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:49 PM   #64
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I wondered what was in Whirl - anyone know? I have used this product as well and it has a pretty high smoke point.. I'm betting safflower oil but it's only a guess.
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:33 PM   #65
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I wondered what was in Whirl - anyone know? I have used this product as well and it has a pretty high smoke point.. I'm betting safflower oil but it's only a guess.
High oleic sunflower oil and artificial butter flavor.
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:03 PM   #66
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I have no problem with selective breeding.

The problem I have is when foreign DNA from other species are inserted into food crops. For example, insect DNA inserted into plant crops. I'm sure there's plenty of other better examples. Maybe most of the GMO examples are fairly sane things but my problem is when things not related to the crop species are inserted. I don't believe testing has reached the point of complete certainty that GMO crops are safe. I don't believe that science has reached that level of ultimate certainty.

I cook mostly using Olive oil and/or butter. I've been using Canola oil for frying, sometimes Peanut oil. I'm thinking maybe I'll switch from using Canola to Peanut. I probably won't be surprised if somebody tells me my Olive and Peanut are GMO too.

Sorry folks, I just don't want to use GMO stuff. And yes, I accept there's probably lots of GMO stuff in my diet that I don't even know about. That bothers me. Unfortunately you can't just quit eating.
A friend of mine's area of expertise is plant genetics. As she puts it, "I don't know what you are going to eat if you stay away from foods that have been modified." Hybrids vs. heirloom tomatoes come to mind. Not all GMO stuff has foreign DNA inserted. The US is one of the leaders in developing disease resistant plants, without which, many more folks in 3rd world countries would not have 2 square meals / day (that's right, not three). The availability of disease-resistant corn has been severely affected by the switch to producing corn for ethanol vs. for food.
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:06 AM   #67
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I think you will get the best results from using the dehydrated Hash Browns.
I have seen them at King Soopers (Kroger), also both Costco & Sam's Club
sell them.
Ummm, aren't Ore-Ida brand frozen hash browns dehydrated like the ones at the other places you mentioned?
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Old 01-15-2012, 03:02 AM   #68
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that figures about canola oil and canada.

they probably extract it from those darn geese, which is why so many are in the u.s..

escapees from canola factories...
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:54 AM   #69
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Originally Posted by buckytom View Post
that figures about canola oil and canada.

they probably extract it from those darn geese, which is why so many are in the u.s..

escapees from canola factories...
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:30 PM   #70
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The "taters" are not riced, they are shredded with a grater. A hot grill with some oil works the best, but a good heavy frying pan also works. Oil will make them crispy. If you need to play with them to check on their crispiness, just peek at a couple shreds on the edge. Eventually you should learn when they are perfect and ready to flip in one nice crispy piece. Some things just take practice and maybe you will never make perfect hash browns but do great with something else. Good luck.

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