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Old 08-05-2007, 04:53 AM   #1
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Oil - can someone explain

Hi Me again :)

So i would like to get to the bottom of a burning question i have.

So i see 4 types of oil

Olive - I know this is used in salads etc etc

Vegetable -

Soya -

Sunflower -

So the last 3 i dont understand why i would use one over another and what the difference is.

Do they all do the same job and its just personal preference, do they have different properties which should be used for different purposes?

I cook roast potatoes and normally do it in vegetable oil is this right?


Sorry for all the questions but i wanted to start at the beginning.

Phil

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Old 08-05-2007, 10:03 AM   #2
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There are some differences, but with a few minor exceptions, they are interchangeable.

1. Some oils have a lower smoke point - the temperature at which they break down and start to burn. These oils are not the best choice for deep frying.

2. Different oils have different levels of saturated, mono-unsaturated and poly unsaturated fats. You may choose one over another for health reasons.

Beyond that, go for the taste you prefer.
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Old 08-05-2007, 11:26 AM   #3
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I deep fry in Peanut oil - saute in veg. oil, grill veg.s with olive oil, fry chicken in Crisco and bake with veg. oil.
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Old 08-05-2007, 11:44 AM   #4
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Hormel Foods handy oil guide, with smoke points, suggested uses, etc.
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Old 08-05-2007, 02:47 PM   #5
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I use olive oil for about 90% of all my cooking including roasting potatoes, etc. It has a nice nutty flavor and is a little better for you than a lot of the other oils. Other than that I just keep some regular vegetable oil around to use for hotter temperature cooking and in cakes etc, when I want a more neutral traste.
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Old 08-05-2007, 02:54 PM   #6
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Hi Me again :)...I cook roast potatoes and normally do it in vegetable oil is this right?...
Unless you want superb roast potatoes then use duck fat... but I digress.

I use olive oil for roast potatoes, roast veggies, and pretty much everything, unless of course I need a milder or more neutral tasting oil, in which case I'll use canola oil or grape seed oil. The only other oil I heat is peanut oil, which I use for stir fries.

Other oils I use but do not cook with are walnut oil for some dressings, and toasted sesame oil to flavour certain dishes (usually asian inspired.)


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Old 08-06-2007, 12:42 PM   #7
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I generall favor olive oil myself, as it cooks well with a lot of things and it's probably the healthiest of the popular oils.
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Old 08-06-2007, 12:44 PM   #8
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I use olive oil for about 90% of all my cooking including roasting potatoes, etc. It has a nice nutty flavor and is a little better for you than a lot of the other oils. Other than that I just keep some regular vegetable oil around to use for hotter temperature cooking and in cakes etc, when I want a more neutral traste.
Same here. Olive oil is great except that you can't, of course, get it that hot... I was just realizing last night that we were out of it once again... man, I go through a lot!
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Old 08-06-2007, 02:02 PM   #9
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Olive oil is high in calories but low in cholesterol so I use it for most of my frying needs and veg oil for all other, sesame oil for asian dishes. there is a relitive new oil out that is supposed to be the best for you but can not remember the name (senior Moment)
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All oil has the same amount of calories (about 120 per tablespoon). No oil contains cholesterol.

Olive and canola oils are among the best for their mono- and poly- unsaturated fats. Canola has the higher smoke point of the two.
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