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Old 03-28-2014, 12:00 PM   #41
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I paid $4.78 for a small container of peanut oil yesterday. I about fainted at the price.
But I needed to make some more chili oil.

I am now rethinking the chili oil and maybe using another type of oil instead?
I can get 2.5 gallons or peanut oil at Costco for the best price. But 2.5 gallons is quite a bit of oil.

Thinking about this deeper, I come to the conclusion that if you deep fry a turkey, the oil will cost more than the turkey itself.
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Old 03-28-2014, 12:12 PM   #42
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Canola and vegetable oil work for frying, too, and as cave mentioned, peanut oil is much less expensive at Asian grocery stores. And if you like sesame seeds, they're pretty cheap at Asian grocery stores, too.
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Old 03-28-2014, 12:18 PM   #43
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I paid $4.78 for a small container of peanut oil yesterday. I about fainted at the price.
But I needed to make some more chili oil.
I paid $11 for 62 ounces of peanut oil at the Asian store. How much is the Costco peanut oil?

I may buy it there if it's cheaper for I can share it with a friend plus I do most of my cooking with peanut oil when not using olive oil.
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Old 03-28-2014, 12:28 PM   #44
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There is a difference in peanut oils. The oil you buy in an Asian market will have a rich peanut smell and add that flavor to your food. Usually, the peanut oils sold in supermarkets is more highly refined and is virtually not aromatic in comparison.
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Old 03-28-2014, 12:52 PM   #45
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There is a difference in peanut oils. The oil you buy in an Asian market will have a rich peanut smell and add that flavor to your food. Usually, the peanut oils sold in supermarkets is more highly refined and is virtually not aromatic in comparison.
Good suggestion-----I don't know whether Costco sells ' Oriental type' or the more refined kind. How could I find out, other than buying it and sniffing?

Costco, although I love it dearly and shop there, is pretty much 'white bread' food to appeal to the masses and often is not as 'authentic', for my tastes, when they delve into 'ethnic' foods.

For instance I just bought some sushi there because I didn't want to cook that night and, as usual, the rice as NOT seasoned enough. When will I learn? (Rhetorical)
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Old 03-28-2014, 12:56 PM   #46
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Good suggestion-----I don't know whether Costco sells ' Oriental type' or the more refined kind. How could I find out, other than buying it and sniffing?...

I go by the origin of the oil. If it's "Made in USA", I assume it's the more bland version.
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Old 03-28-2014, 01:04 PM   #47
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I go by the origin of the oil. If it's "Made in USA", I assume it's the more bland version.
Thanks, I'll check.
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I don't know if it's true, but I was told that peanut oil is great for deep frying because it doesn't pick up flavours from the food, so it can be used more times than most other oils.
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Old 03-28-2014, 01:38 PM   #49
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I don't know if it's true, but I was told that peanut oil is great for deep frying because it doesn't pick up flavours from the food, so it can be used more times than most other oils.
I heard that too.
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I don't know if it's true, but I was told that peanut oil is great for deep frying because it doesn't pick up flavours from the food, so it can be used more times than most other oils.
Do you think all the fast food places actually bother to change oil, maybe once a week.
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