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Old 07-06-2008, 11:31 AM   #1
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Is grapeseed oil >>> olive oil???

i've got ZOE brand olive oil (spain), and i've got my favorite, Frantoia as well.

but lately, i've been reading-up on grapeseed oil and yesterday, i caught some on sale (la tourangelle brand) at 50% off (expiration sept. 09).

from what i've read so far, grapeseed oil is good for just about everything from sauteeing to marinading to making vinaigrettes.

anyone here have any experience using this oil?

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Old 07-06-2008, 11:45 AM   #2
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I love grapeseed oil for a lot of things. It has a higher smoke point than olive oil. It is good to saute things without over powering delecate flavors. Omeletes are a good example. Salad dressing is good with a combo of grapeseed and walnut oil. I drizzle it on ripe sliced tomatoes with S&P and feta crumbles. I even used it to make piri-piri with excellent results.
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Old 07-06-2008, 12:22 PM   #3
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The two oils have different strengths.

Olive oil is favored for its flavor.

Grapeseed oil's strength is its ability to handle higher heat for frying and sauteeing.
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Old 07-06-2008, 01:43 PM   #4
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Grapeseed oil is *absolutely* better than olive oil....well, not so much for cooking; in that situation it depends. But in terms of household massage oils, always reach for the grapeseed :P.
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Old 07-06-2008, 03:05 PM   #5
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I thought almond oil was the preferred massage oil.
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Old 07-06-2008, 03:52 PM   #6
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I thought almond oil was the preferred massage oil.
That's a nut oil. People with nut allergies wouldn't approve :P.
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Old 07-06-2008, 04:22 PM   #7
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The two oils have different strengths.

Olive oil is favored for its flavor.

Grapeseed oil's strength is its ability to handle higher heat for frying and sauteeing.
i'm gonna use it tonight on some steak.

from what i understand, it doesn't have a strong flavor; so that should be good.

my favorite oil is pecan oil by far, but i'm gonna experiment with grapeseed while olive oil is used for "finishing" dishes.
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Old 07-06-2008, 04:50 PM   #8
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Economically, IMO grapeseed oil is pointless to cook with. It's better off being used for making things like vinaigrettes and mayonnaises. If you're going to use it to saute, you might as well use canola.
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Well, I don't eat canola, so it's grapeseed for me.
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Old 07-06-2008, 05:53 PM   #10
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I don't like canola oil. The taste isn't that great. There is no such thing as a canola plant. It is Canadian oil that comes from the highly toxic rapeseed plant. It is a cheaper oil and that is why it is used in so many products. A marketing ploy has been to tout it for it's healthful properties, but I am sceptical about that being true. I say steer clear and use EVOO or the grapeseed. I get so aggravated that canola is in so many products.
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