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Old 11-13-2013, 12:08 PM   #1
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Talk to me about oils

I avoid most veggie oils and my family has switched over to butter, olive, and coconut as our go to fats when cooking. I have a soy allergy and avoid soy but imagine my chargin when I looked at my mayo and saw it was made with soybean oil. I know it won't necessarily cause allergic symptoms but it is bad stuff all on its own.

The Googles aren't much help since every page known to man comes up with you search for the words "healthy" and oil" together.

Does anyone use peanut oil as their go to, affordable oil? Why or why not? Is it inflammatory? Neutral in taste?
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Old 11-13-2013, 02:33 PM   #2
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I'm not sure about peanut oil, as to mayo, making your own is the best way to avoid soy. I use a combo of CO, OO, and sunflower oil to make mine. I'll never go back to store bought mayo.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:34 PM   #3
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For an all purpose oil, I use high oleic safflower oil. The high oleic is important. I got that information from Mark Sisson's book. I have quit using olive oil unless it's for dressing. It can go bad just from opening it all the time. Got that from Maria's site.

The whole, what oils are good is very confusing. So, I am just trying to use more coconut, refined so there is no taste or bacon fat... I do avoid soy bean oil, canola and vegetable oils.

I have found a mayonnaise at whole foods that uses safflower oil. But, I had to read a lot of labels to find one without soy bean oil!
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:43 PM   #4
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I use canola, safflower or peanut oil. Olive oil and butter.
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:34 PM   #5
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look at a chart of Omega 6 levels. Omega 6 is what you want to avoid. that is why corn oil and vegetable oil are so bad
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:33 AM   #6
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Recently found a good source of coconut oil and have substituted that for most uses. Buy it by the gallon and use it for cooking and snacks.

Doesn't work for mayo though.

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I use butter and coconut oil, but my go-to fat for basic cooking is drippings. I have a grease container on my counter, and bacon fat, pork dripping from roasts, sausage grease, all go in there. When I roast chicken pieces, I put them on a cookie sheet in the baking pan so the skin gets nice and crispy. The fat renders down into the pan, and I pour that off into a cup that I keep in the fridge.

So when I don't mind a bit of pork-y flavor, I use the pork grease. When I want a more subtle flavor, I use the schmaltz (chicken fat).

And if I ever begin running low in the grease can, I buy Gwaltney bulk pork sausage. It has a higher percentage of fat than the other bulk pork sausages in my store, and I love the flavor. Slice it up, fry it, and you have a lovely lot of dripping for the rest of your cooking.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:29 AM   #8
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I love cooking eggs and veggies in reserved bacon fat. Yummo! I saw a recipe somewhere for baconnaise...I wonder if it would be as awesome as it sounds.
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I haven't tried baconnaise, but my son LOVES it! We buy it at Cracker Barrel in the gift section and he swears it's amazing!
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Is avocado oil any good for you? Ive always wanted to try it.. and is the coconut oil from trader joes good because that's what I buy..thanks!~
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I haven't tried baconnaise, but my son LOVES it! We buy it at Cracker Barrel in the gift section and he swears it's amazing!
Wow MtherGoos, that is awesome progress! Congratulations. You will obviously be at goal soon. An inspiration to us all.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:20 AM   #13
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Is avocado oil any good for you? Ive always wanted to try it.. and is the coconut oil from trader joes good because that's what I buy..thanks!~
Avocado oil is excellent for the body but it is expensive. Always buy it in dark bottles. The Trader Joes virgin coconut oil is what I buy for my coffee and I love it.
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If you are wondering what oils are good to make mayo, I find either extra light olive oil or avocado oil are best for taste.

For cooking, you want to pay attention to what oils are stable at higher heats. I find that bacon fat and coconut oil are your best choices here but if you prefer an oil with no flavour, avocado oil does very well.

Oils like canola, peanut and safflower are all high in omega 6 which is not good. There is a high oleic safflower oil that is suppose to be pretty good but I have no experience with this one.
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