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    • Bargain Rzl
    • By Bargain Rzl 6th Apr 06, 12:17 PM
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    Idiot's guide to cooking fats and oils
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    • 6th Apr 06, 12:17 PM
    Idiot's guide to cooking fats and oils 6th Apr 06 at 12:17 PM
    No, I'm not offering guidance, I am the idiot

    I remember reading a comment somewhere on here recently that extra virgin olive oil wasn't best suited to cooking, that it should be used for dresing salads etc. and ordinary olive oil was the thing to cook with.

    And I got to thinking - I haven't a clue which oils are suitable for what. In my cupboard I have a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, which I use for cooking and dressing, plus a bottle of sesame oil for when I do stir-fries. And butter in the fridge because sometimes only that will do

    Please can somebody enlighten me as to the best culinary uses of the following:

    Sunflower oil
    Vegetable oil
    Corn oil
    Groundnut oil
    Olive oil
    Virgin olive oil
    Extra virgin olive oil
    Sesame oil
    Butter
    Lard (can't think of any situation in which I'd use this except possibly as part of the fat in pastry)
    Anything else I've missed off this list.

    And which of these are adequately substituted by things like "Crisp 'n' Dry"?

    Many thanks...

    Rzl xx
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  • Heth
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    • 6th Apr 06, 12:31 PM
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    • 6th Apr 06, 12:31 PM
    I only buy extra virgin olive oil, but if you want to buy both then I'd use the extra virgin stuff in salads, with bread, anything where you really want to taste good quality oil, and the cheaper stuff to cook with.
    Toasted sesame oil shouldn't be used for stir frying, but can be used after cooking as a flavouring.


    http://www.waitrose.com/frontend/popups/rec_gloss.asp?uidstr=226
    • MATH
    • By MATH 6th Apr 06, 12:34 PM
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    • 6th Apr 06, 12:34 PM
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    • 6th Apr 06, 12:34 PM
    I use lard for pastry making and Extra Virgin Olive Oil for salad dressings and where I want the taste of olive oil for things like salmon which I always add a knob of butter to if I'm frying or grilling. For everything else I use a blended vegetable oil. I don't bother buying any other fancy oils or fats. HTH
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    • flea72
    • By flea72 6th Apr 06, 1:22 PM
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    • 6th Apr 06, 1:22 PM
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    • 6th Apr 06, 1:22 PM
    sunflower, vegetable, corn and groundnut, i would use for shallow/deep frying and for putting in a carrot cake

    i would only use olive oil (of any grade) as a dressing, as it burns at a fairly low heat, so isnt suitable for shallow frying (unless mixed with something like butter)

    Sesame oil, i use in tiny amounts as a dressing

    Butter, really only use this spread on bread

    Marg, i use for general baking

    Lard, in pastry, or as the fat when making yorkshire puds - gives them a nice flavour

    Solid Veg Block, used the same as lard, but when cooking for vegetarians

    Crispy and dry, i would use the same as the sunflower oils

    Dripping, same uses as lard, especially when making yorkies

    hth Flea
  • HOLsale
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    • 6th Apr 06, 8:38 PM
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    • 6th Apr 06, 8:38 PM
    Please can somebody enlighten me as to the best culinary uses of the following:

    Anything else I've missed off this list.


    Rzl xx
    by Bargain Rzl

    you didn't mention coconut oil!

    it comes as a white solid in a jar (normally) and you find it at ethnic groceries usually. it's great for baking, good in curries (fry meat in this then put in the curry or just add a small spoonful mmm)

    it's also the bee's knee's for baking with as you can imagine!

    and better still, some surveys have shown that it's actually good for you! it's supposedly the ONLY saturated fat that is considered 'healthy' and there is a possible connection to weight loss though i've only seen 2 studies regarding that

    worth a try
    founder of Frugal Genius UK (Yahoo Groups)
  • MrsMW
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    • 6th Apr 06, 8:42 PM
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    • 6th Apr 06, 8:42 PM
    I use coconut oil as a hair conditioner!
  • HOLsale
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    • 6th Apr 06, 9:49 PM
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    • 6th Apr 06, 9:49 PM
    I use coconut oil as a hair conditioner!
    by MrsMW
    hey, there's an idea! it would be nice in hand lotion too

    or for a cuticle massage when getting your nails done
    founder of Frugal Genius UK (Yahoo Groups)
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