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Old 12-10-2010, 01:44 PM   #1
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What kind of cooking oil do you use?

As I was sauteeing some onions today on the stove, I poured in some vegetable oil. Out of curiosity I read the ingredients and I saw that vegetable oil is really soy bean oil? Im confused...

I've read here on these boards that alot of people say soybean oil is bad. How is it bad? Does anybody have a link to something I can read on this?

I usually use olive oil, but i've been kinda short on cash lately and just got this cheap vegetable oil.

What kind of oil do you use to cook with? I mean when you sautee veggies, or meats, or do stir fries, or cook eggs??

I'm just trying to get more info so I can make the right (and healthy) decision.

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Old 12-10-2010, 01:50 PM   #2
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I use animal fat for most of those purposes. Bacon fat, or I save beef, pork and chicken fat in the freezer. Lard is very good and inexpensive.
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Old 12-10-2010, 02:00 PM   #3
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That's a great point Loo - I always feel like I wam wasting it when I throw out my animal fat grease.

I try to use coconut oil, olive oil and butter. But when I'm "deep frying" in the skillet, I'll use cheap canola oil bc of the cost.

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Olive Oil for low temp cooking and coconut oil for higher temp cooking. I'll use butter on things but don't usually cook with it.
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Old 12-10-2010, 02:05 PM   #5
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Here's a thorough link for you.

The seed/vegetable oils are not stable. That's our bottom line when discussing cooking oils. Traditional animal fats and olive oil are your most stable oils.

If you want a decent oil with very little taste and highly stable at a high heat, I believe rice bran oil to be your superior choice. It also carries mixed tocopherols all vitamin e sources.

Canola oil is not a good oil to fry at high temperatures contrary to popular belief. Omega 3 touted yet omega 3's are highly volatile to heat.

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Old 12-10-2010, 03:34 PM   #6
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For higher temps, I use peanut oil. I also use animal fats (mostly bacon grease) and butter. Sesame and coconut oil when I want that flavour.
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:10 PM   #7
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Olive oil, peanut for deep frying, and bacon grease on everything else. I have two jars in my fridge. Love it!!
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Olive oil, coconut oil, butter, bacon grease - the quartet of goodness.

Vegetable oil, corn oil, soybean oil, canola oil are all cr*p (IMHO)
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:23 PM   #9
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I use olive oil for light sauteeing and some sauces, grapeseed oil for its high smoking point for browning, butter for cooking my eggs and peanut oil for deep frying
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olive oil, grapeseed oil, bacon fat, and coconut oil
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Wow! Mostly everybody uses the same thing huh? Butter, bacon fat and a few others i've never heard of before

I do saute some things in butter or bacon grease but sometimes I don't want those particular flavors.

I think i'll stick to olive oil for most things and butter and bacon fat for certain things. Yum!
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I made a wonderful beef stew this week and found out two great things -- Browning the meat in bacon fat makes the stew taste even better and rutabagas are a perfect sub for potatoes. It was the best tasting beef stew ever and I couldn't tell any difference with the LC subs I made.

I use bacon fat for cooking any time I think I can get away with it.

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Old 12-10-2010, 08:14 PM   #13
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Coconut oil and butter right now. Going to get lamb tallow next payday, and for making mayo I use avocado and coconut mixed. I do not deep fry anything.
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butter, bacon grease, coconut oil and if i absolutely have to i'll use olive oil but I'm not fond of the flavor so that's a rare occasion.
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Ditto on the bacon fat, butter, coconut oil and olive oil. If your great grandma would not have recognized it as a fat, don't use it. And, rendered and saved animal fat comes free with the meat. In fact, it is one of the bonuses of buying cheaper, fattier cuts of meat.

Google rendering to learn how to get the most and purest fat out of your meat and fowl trimmings. Duck fat and chicken fat are both very tasty.
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I cook with butter or coconut oil because these are safe for cooking.

If you're going to use vegetable oils, I like this summary. It's important to know which oils to avoid for cooking due to oxidation.

Healthy Oils | Mark's Daily Apple
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grapeseed oil has a higher smoke point than olive oil....and has little flavour...I use it often
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I save the fat and drippings from meat I cook and use it to cook other things, such as eggs, or in soups, or for broth, or aspic. This is usually enough fat for the week.

I also found a local butcher who will give me fat, which I render and use for cooking as well as for making soap and lotion bars. I don't use any oils from plants, nuts, seeds, etc.

I use butter sometimes because I like it and because I want more Vitamin K in my diet. Occasionally, I braise egg yolks in cream and water.

Beef fat is, to me, the most satisfying fat I eat. I don't have access to mutton, so can't say how that is. Lamb is too expensive.
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Butter, olive oil or a combination of the two.

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Olive oil, grapeseed oil, & I also fully intend on finally trying coconut oil for my next stir-fry.
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Old 12-11-2010, 07:40 AM   #21
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I don't really know anything about coconut oil except that I use it on my dry skin. Do you get the same benefits with it from frying as you do from taking a little in your coffee, for example?
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I like cooking with coconut oil, in a dish where a little coconut taste is ok. I tried it in my coffee and hated it.
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What kind of oil do you use to cook with? I mean when you sautee veggies, or meats, or do stir fries, or cook eggs??

I'm just trying to get more info so I can make the right (and healthy) decision.

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I use butter and coconut oil to fry my stuff in. I put in some butter and some expeller pressed coconut oil (the kind that does NOT taste like coconuts because I don't want my eggs tasting coconutty!). I have heard a mixture of the 2 won't cause anything to burn. I have not read the others responses but I can imagine that you got quite a few different answers I no longer have any "vegetable oil" in my household. DH prefers olive oil so we have that and coconut oil and use butter too.
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I don't really know anything about coconut oil except that I use it on my dry skin. Do you get the same benefits with it from frying as you do from taking a little in your coffee, for example?
For me personally, I don't like to count the coconut oil I fry in towards my daily count. I used to take 3.5 TBL off the measured tablespoon and call it my daily ration. That way I was ensuring I was getting what I needed/wanted! When frying I didn't want to have to lick the plate to get in my required daily amount, ya know??? I am sure you get in the same benefits, but it is quite hard to count TBL is some of the oil is still in the pan or goes to your DH.
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I use homemade clarified unsalted butter for most everything. Light flavor olive oil for dressings and mayo. I use bacon grease for my family but even the grease from low sodium bacon is to salty for me. If I make hash (which I make a lot) I use the fat from the meat to saute it.
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I use homemade clarified unsalted butter for most everything. Light flavor olive oil for dressings and mayo. I use bacon grease for my family but even the grease from low sodium bacon is to salty for me. If I make hash (which I make a lot) I use the fat from the meat to saute it.
I love hash, but have not idea what it is!! Can you tell me? And how would one make it? I have never heard of it until I moved down south and was afraid of it. Then I tried it!! OMG---YUM!!!
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olive oil, grapeseed oil, bacon fat, and coconut oil
Add butter to the list and this is me as well!
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I love hash, but have not idea what it is!! Can you tell me? And how would one make it? I have never heard of it until I moved down south and was afraid of it. Then I tried it!! OMG---YUM!!!
You must be thinking of corned beef hash one of my favs I use leftover corned beef diced and diced cauliflower saute it till it is good and brown traditionally it would be potato.

Hash is interpretive, you can use any diced up veggies, meat, and even tofu. I make use of whatever I have on hand, it might be leftover chicken and zucchini diced with a bit of onion or leftover beef with peppers, or pork shoulder with chayote, leftover salmon with asparagus, if I need to stretch out a couple more servings I'll add eggs. It's a great way to use up leftovers and tastes great!
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Olive oil! Though I like the taste of butter for things like eggs!
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I'll tell you what I never use, especially at high temps: corn, "vegetable," soy or canola oils.

I have peanut oil in my deep fryer, and use bacon/animal grease whenever I can for other things. Only use olive oil if I'm not heating it.

Coconut oil I use if the flavor complements the food, or if the food has enough spice/flavor that the coconut doesn't come through.

I'm interested to investigate the rice bran oil that Fawn recommends. At the quantities used in a deep fryer, cost is a consideration.
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