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Old 05-22-2005, 02:33 PM   #1
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oil and frying

Is sunflower oil good for frying French fries?

The label on the jug says:

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Not recommended for deep frying due to low smoking point.
Now, I didn't do so good in science back in my grade years. So I don't get what is wrong with it.

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Old 05-22-2005, 02:46 PM   #2
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It means don't use it. A low smoking point basically translates that the oil will "burn" at a lower temperature than that of other oils. To properly deep fry, the oil temperature needs to be between 350-375 degrees and some oils cannot be heated that high without smoking. If you use that oil you risk a fire in your kitchen. The safest all purpose oil to use would be Canola.
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Peanut oil is another good choice for frying.
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Old 05-22-2005, 03:03 PM   #4
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That was fast!

Is there one specifically for frying? I plan to fry a lot.

EDIT: Someone answered it before I even submitted! Thank you, you two!

Not too much traffic, but active and helpful. Thanks again.
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i fried for the first time about 5 days ago, and used vegetable oil... it seemed to turn out rather well. Are peanut and canola better?
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i fried for the first time about 5 days ago, and used vegetable oil... it seemed to turn out rather well. Are peanut and canola better?
Not necessarily, they're just different. If I'm not using olive oil, I'm using peanut.
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Vegetable and Canola Oil are relatively interchangeable because they have almost no flavor/aroma and have a high smoking point. Peanut Oil however can change the flavor of the food a bit, as will Olive Oil. Costwise, it's also makes sense to go with a cheaper oil such as Canola or Vegetable since you'll be using such a large quantity of it.
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...Peanut Oil however can change the flavor of the food a bit...
I totally disagree! Peanut oil is a neutral flavored oil ... unless you're buying the stuff from China.

http://www.epicurious.com/cooking/ho...ery=peanut+oil
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I totally disagree! Peanut oil is a neutral flavored oil ... unless you're buying the stuff from China.

http://www.epicurious.com/cooking/ho...ery=peanut+oil
That's the only type of peanut oil I use. If not for the flavor what's the point? It's cheaper to go with Canola or Vegetable and it has a higher smoking point.
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That's the only type of peanut oil I use. If not for the flavor what's the point? It's cheaper to go with Canola or Vegetable and it has a higher smoking point.
Around here peanut oil is cheap and it has the same high smoke point. One of the reasons it's so popular for fried turkeys.
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