Different Types of Cooking Oil

15 December 2020
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If you cook at home, you probably ask yourself this question "Which cooking oil should I use?" often. We are big fans of olive oil, since it is healthy and delicious. We gathered various types of oils for you to choose from. Experiment with them and find out your favorite.

Using Butter as Cooking Oil

There’s no secret about this: butter is generally considered to be the best-tasting of the many different cooking oil options that are out there at the moment. There is a lot of contention, however, about how healthy it is.

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When we’re in the kitchen at home, we use butter quite a lot. It makes a wonderful base for different white sauces, plus it melts well and browns nicely. However, browning is something that you may not want.

What’s occurring during the browning process is that the milk solids in butter are changing color as they cook. This can be visually appealing, and it can also be less than ideal. This browning process leads to a lot of flavor development, but it’s also the cause of butter’s relatively low smoke point - the smoke point is the point at which a fat or oil begins to produce a continuous smoke.

The smoke point matters as it can affect the temperature at which you can cook your food. For example, you may not want to deep-fry in butter as the smoke point is 150˚C - too low to deep-fry anything. However, if you aren’t concerned by this smoke point, you may particularly like using butter for several reasons.

Principally, the reason people like butter is the flavor. The gentle nuttiness is hard to find elsewhere, and it’s loved by many. Secondly, butter actually has a number of health benefits.

Of course, it is extremely high in fat and so should be used in moderation, but a number of nutrients present in butter are beneficial. For example, butyrate present in butter can have very positive effects on people’s immune systems. Furthermore, high-fat dairy products like butter have actually been linked to a reduced risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. Of course, this is only true when eaten in moderation.

What’s The Healthiest Cooking Oil?

Well, ‘healthiest’ is a big word. There are a number of different oils that are good for different reasons. Consistently - there are two that top lists: coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil.

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Coconut oil has been more popular in recent years, for good reason! It’s been used for centuries among some of the healthiest communities in the world, so we know it’s been well tried and tested - this alone is a great reason to include it in your diet!

Coconut oil is high in implant-based fatty acids, specifically medium-chain triglycerides. These fatty acids have actually been shown to have a number of promising effects on metabolism and weight valance.

In terms of ease of use - coconut oil is great. It is solid at room temperature and so easy to store, plus it has a high smoke point, so can be used for high-temperature cooking such as stir-frying. It also adds a wonderful taste!

Olive oil has long been the king of cooking oils. For us, it’s simply because it tastes good and is a great value - we can typically buy a liter bottle for as little as $10. That said, it is also particularly healthy.

Olive oil has a very high monounsaturated fatty acid profile. There’s a lot of omega-3 in olive oil, and it has long been known to have a great effect on brain health and is the main constituent in what makes the Mediterranean diet so healthy.

In terms of use - it’s best suited to medium-heat cooking, though coconut or avocado oil is perhaps preferable for very high heat cooking. In our uses, though, we’ve never had trouble with the smoke point of olive oil.

Most popular, perhaps, is the classic use for olive oil: to make a vinaigrette! Vinaigrette is typically oil and vinegar in a three to one ratio, plus whatever spices you have on hand. When beaten until combined, the liquids form a delicious and convenient salad dressing ideal for any number of dishes. Personally, we love to add in some Italian herbs to make a vinaigrette perfect for tossing over fresh, high-quality tomatoes.

Lesser-Known Types of Cooking Oil

Now, there are a number of up-and-coming oils out there for the moment, but the two big ones are peanut oil and avocado oil

Peanut oil has been used for a particularly long time in eastern cooking for one reason: it has a very high smoke point. Asian cooking typically involves a lot of heat in a large, wide pan. This means that peanut oil is ideal to coat the base of the pan as it won’t begin to smoke, and it can add a wonderful flavor to boot.

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Peanut oil has, unsurprisingly, a strong peanut flavor that’s ideal for use in a number of Asian dishes - that creaminess and slight sweetness provides the perfect undertone for a huge number of typically harsh, spicy, and sharp Asian dishes.

Avocado oil has been growing massively in popularity in recent years, much like the popularity of avocados. It has a particularly high smoke point when compared to other oils so it’s great for high-temperature cooking.

As well as that classic benefit, it’s particularly versatile. Research has shown that as well as being useful in cooking, it can enhance the absorption of other important nutrients when used in salads. This means that overall it’s a particularly healthy pick. Impressively, avocado oil has a beneficial effect on cholesterol, which is always good.

The main drawback of avocado oil is the price - a lot of the time it simply isn’t economically sensible to buy avocado oil and use it in the home. That said, it does taste good, if a little subtle.

Here are recipes made with different types of cooking oils

Homemade Banana Bread
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American

Homemade Banana Bread

One of the most popular recipes of recent times is Banana Bread. No wonder this delicious recipe is especially popular with Influencers.Banana Bread, a...

Celery with Quince
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Turkish

Celery with Quince

Celery is a vegetable that is usually preferred by those who likes olive oil based dishes. A recipe that helps the digestive system, minimizes the stress...

Superseed Granola
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American

Superseed Granola

Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F). If the coconut oil is solid, melt it in a small saucepan. Once melted, remove it from the heat and whisk in the maple...

Creamy Curry Chicken Pasta
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Indian

Creamy Curry Chicken Pasta

If you like pasta and Indian food, this recipe will be one of your favorites. This creamy and tasty dish will turn out to be very satisfying. Bon Appetit!

Eggplant in Olive Oil
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Turkish

Eggplant in Olive Oil

You should try the eggplant that is beautiful in all extents with olive oil. It is easy to prepare this fulfilling, light and nutritious recipe.

Flourless Black Bean Brownies
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British

Flourless Black Bean Brownies

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Lightly oil a metal baking tin. In a food processor, combine the black beans, agave, coconut oil, vanilla extract,...

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