Fats from plant sources that are liquid at room temperature, such as olive oil, canola oil and peanut oil. Questions about the use of oils or about which oils to choose for a specific culinary purpose are appropriate here. As per the FAQ, please avoid asking about health matters in this tag unless ...

learn more… | top users | synonyms

14
votes
17answers
103k views

What oil to use when cooking steak, and what difference does it make?

When cooking steak, I have always been told groundnut oil is the best to use. But what difference does it make? Is it the best? And if it is the best, what's the next best?
4
votes
2answers
5k views

Can you interchange oil and butter in emulsified sauces?

You have sauces like hollandaise and béarnaise, which are made with egg yolks and clarified butter. You also have mayonaise, that is made with an egg yolk and oil. What would happen if you would make ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

Why do scrambled/fried eggs stick less when cooked with butter instead of oil?

Whenever I'm doing scrambled or fried eggs, I use butter and a regular frying pan (aluminium I think) without any special non-stick coating. They never stick to the pan, it's as if they're floating on ...
0
votes
0answers
43 views

Garlic in Olive Oil [duplicate]

We put several cloves of garlic in Olive Oil and stuck it in the fridge. The garlic was not pressed or anything, just peeled and placed in the oil and then placed in the fridge. The next day it was ...
3
votes
2answers
302 views

Why does store-bought peanut butter in a jar have so much more oil than fresh ground?

When I buy fresh ground peanut butter, it has a very dry, paste-like texture with almost no oil. It can sit on my shelf for a week in warm weather and no oil separates out. When I buy peanut butter ...
2
votes
1answer
86 views

Is it not possible to can some species of fish without adding oil?

Some canned fish is available in oil or brine (e.g. tuna, salmon, saury), while other types of canned fish are only available with oil (e.g. sardines, mackerel). If I were to home can some of the ...
11
votes
5answers
25k views

Sesame Oil vs Toasted Sesame Oil

I normally purchase sesame oil from an Asian market, but this time I bought it from the grocery store. I primarily use sesame oil for making stir-fried cashew chicken in a wok on the stovetop. ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

Is nigella oil (black cumin or black caraway) aromatic?

I have a weak spot for aromatic oils. Not essential oils, but the cooking oils like hazelnut oil and avocado oil. I love making dishes where they are the primary flavour component (e.g. a veloute ...
4
votes
3answers
3k views

How much oil should you use when stir frying a single portion?

I stir fry several times a week. When I do I do each portion seperately, made to order. How much oil should I use? How do I figure out how much oil to use for each portion since some are bigger than ...
0
votes
1answer
84 views

I need melted butter

Today I am supposed to make a chocolate mousse for dinner and I need butter (melted).The shops are closed. Can I use vegetable oil instead of melted butter?
4
votes
1answer
130 views

What does the oil do in a marinade? [duplicate]

A basic marinade is acid, oil, herbs/spices. I understand the herbs and spices are for taste, the acid helps meat absorb by breaking down the tissue and taste. What is the oil for?
0
votes
1answer
179 views

What is the purity test for Olive oil?

At home, how should I know whether Olive oil, I purchased, is pure enough? What is the purity test for Olive oil? What do you mean by "pure"? Could you please explain... – Stephie Pure here ...
5
votes
2answers
932 views

Water vs olive oil when sautéing

I was recently watching a friend sauté vegetables (specifically artichokes and broccoli) and instead of using olive oil, she used water. What's the difference between using oil as compared to using ...
0
votes
0answers
40 views

Is it safe to marinate olives with garlic and oil? [duplicate]

I was planning to make a load of garlic and basil olives up at home and send them in the post to some friends. Is it safe for me to send these olives in the post and for them not to be refrigerated ...
30
votes
6answers
61k views

Frying Oil Reuse

What are some guidelines or rules with regard to filtering and reusing (vegetable/canola/sunflower) oil that has been used for deep frying? Is it safe and acceptable under some circumstances to ...
1
vote
1answer
100 views

Oil Dates, If a cooking oil has never been open how long past the “Use by date” would be acceptable?

How long past the "Use by date" is cooking oil good for if it has never been opened?
2
votes
0answers
45 views

Is it safe to reuse unrefrigerated canola oil for deep frying? [duplicate]

Last night I deep fried some frozen chicken wings. After letting the oil cool, I filtered it through a cheese cloth and put it in a bottle. But I didn't refrigerate it. How long will it keep like ...
9
votes
4answers
62k views

What oil is best for seasoning a cast-iron skillet

I just cleaned up a rusty cast-iron skillet and I would like to season it. The thing is that I don't have lard handy and I'm wondering whether any of my other oils and fats would do. I have: canola, ...
2
votes
2answers
12k views

Substituting oil in baking?

I have a cake recipe which calls for 1 1/3 cup of vegetable oil. What are the essential properties of vegetable oil in baking? What changes would be expected if I were to substitute peanut or canola ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Can vegetable oil be used in place of butter?

I just happen to have one of those Betty Crocker cookie mixes on hand today, and the ingredients list at the back calls for 1/2 a stick of softened butter. I don't have any butter to spare today, but ...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

using coffee filters to filter home pressed olive oil

I have recently made some home pressed olive oil but it is quite cloudy and I wanted to filter it so it will keep longer and be a bit more pleasing to the palate and the eye. I initially used a ...
-2
votes
1answer
95 views

a glue like substance in oil

I use refined sun flower oil (Fortune brand). Now I am realising that there is a glue like substance in the oil, also, it is so sticky that, the container in which in store has become dirty and ...
8
votes
8answers
48k views

Which oils or fats make the crispiest roast potatoes?

Which oil or fat is the best option for crispy on the outside fluffy on the inside roast potatoes?
3
votes
2answers
2k views

How can I emulsify cod liver oil, or otherwise mask its taste?

Background I have some cod liver oil to take a supplement, but the taste is sufficiently unpleasant that I am not sure how to finish the bottle off. In the past, I have found emulsified cod liver oil ...
2
votes
2answers
325 views

Why is delivered pizza often oily?

Forgive the heresy, but I've recently had some pizza delivered. I noticed it was quite oily, and I have seen and heard horror stories of pizza basically drowning in oil. This does not happen when I ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

Can excess oil make french fries soggy?

My co-workers and I are in a debate. We brought some french fries home from a fast-food restaurant in paper bags and they got soggy. My co-workers maintain that the combination of steam and soaking in ...
6
votes
3answers
369 views

Is it best to just cook with the oil that has the highest smoking point?

I was recently at my locals farmers market and someone was handing out samples (cooked) of what they were selling. The guy cooking said to never use olive oil and use grapeseed oil instead because ...
1
vote
3answers
128 views

What vegetables oils are safe to use at high temperatures (350, maybe 400 F) , say, stir fry or pan-frying chicken/fish?

I've read in a number books that at high temperatures vegetable oils oxidize. Also, some vegetable oils (I have heard) are processed at high temperatures so they may already be in the same state as ...
2
votes
0answers
122 views

What is the smoking point of salmon fillet oil?

What is the smoking point of salmon fillet oil cooking in oven (baked in a foil parcel)? (could be a range) There is one Q&A at What is the best time and temperature for taste when cooking a ...
4
votes
1answer
373 views

Are vegetable (or coconut) oils more common used for frying and cooking than extra olive oil or it is a myth? [closed]

People suggest to use coconut or other vegetable oils (e.g. Sunflower oil) for frying and cooking, because heat destroys the oil where toxicological relevant compounds are formed, but it seems that ...
6
votes
4answers
2k views

Why does oil burn when put into a hot pan?

I was trying to make the scrambled eggs based on the answer found here. I set my stainless-steel pan on the burner and set the burner about halfway between medium and high. After the panned warmed on ...
2
votes
1answer
100 views

Spilled vegetable oil

Oil that had dripped from a bottle of vegetable oil got on the shelf of my kitchen cupboard. I didn't notice it then put a tray on top, several months later I find a sticky mess under the tray. Is ...
30
votes
8answers
27k views

When you cook spaghetti, do you add olive oil to the boiling water?

Many people (at least in Germany) think that Italians add olive oil to the boiling water for spaghetti. However, Italians tend to tell the opposite (from my experience). So, can you please state ...
6
votes
5answers
9k views

Substitute for sesame oil (sesame allergy)

My family eats a lot of stir fries and sesame oil is a critical ingredient in many of them. Unfortunately, my wife is allergic to sesame so we need an alternative. Has anyone had success recreating ...
2
votes
1answer
211 views

Will a grill pan reduce oil splatter when pan-frying steaks?

I have recently started cooking steaks at home and I really enjoy it. BUT I really hate the oil splatter all over my kitchen floor and stove top after I'm done cooking. I am already patting my steak ...
4
votes
2answers
11k views

Can I use extra virgin olive oil for cooking steak?

According to this: What oil or fat to use for different purposes? For general pan cooking: olive oil (any kind), butter.. I see video from youtube such as How to Cook Steak by Jamie Oliver, he also ...
29
votes
3answers
3k views

What oil or fat to use for different purposes?

I understand that one of the main reasons to use different kinds of fat or oil is the temperature at which it burns, e.g. an extra-virgin olive oil to fry a steak wouldn't work. Taste is also a very ...
6
votes
5answers
19k views

Frying - Oil foams

I am relatively new to deep-frying. Having seen the questions about oil reuse and conservation, I'm still at a loss about what's going on with my oil... My sunflower oil foams like crazy. I've been ...
8
votes
10answers
42k views

How to clean a clogged Misto oil sprayer/spritzer?

I use a Misto oil spritzer. You fill it up with oil and pump it up and spray a pan with it. It's gotten clogged up so that it just squirts a steady stream of oil (not a spray). Any ideas how to ...
8
votes
2answers
651 views

Will a small “breather tube” on my bottles harm the oil/vinegar/liquor inside?

I have several glass bottles with speed pourers like this: I am thinking of using these bottles to hold my oil/vinegar/soy sauce/etc as well as liquors for my home bar, for efficiency of pouring ...
43
votes
2answers
62k views

Why can applesauce be used in place of oil?

In many recipes, mostly desserts, it is suggested that you can substitute oil with applesauce to reduce the fat content. But why applesauce? Is there something special about applesauce or are there ...
5
votes
2answers
333 views

Is there a reason to NOT use no-stick spray (Pam) for handling dough?

I've just started branching out into the more interesting and challenging breads. I'm not particularly skilled at handling dough and I don't have great coordination in my hands. To avoid using too ...
0
votes
1answer
156 views

Is it safe to mix vegetable and animal fats? [closed]

There are so many russian internet-resourses that - without any proof - warn about mixing the above, because it can "drastically increase the fat absorption", but I couldn't find the same claim in ...
0
votes
1answer
87 views

A few basic stove questions [closed]

When cooking oil doesn't spread well, how do I fix that without spray or spill? How often do I need to reapply oil? Which oils catch fire? Is safe to heat any types of dinner plates on the burner? ...
2
votes
2answers
6k views

Using Pam on a Gas Grill

Is there anything wrong with spraying PAM (cooking oil in a can) on real hot grill grates in a gas grill to prevent meat from sticking? My Dad practices this and I think it's crazy, as it undoubtedly ...
12
votes
8answers
2k views

What oils are “required” for a decent home kitchen?

What different varieties of oil are really needed in a decent home kitchen? I ask because I've only two right now (olive & sunflower) that I try to use "correctly" but sometimes use ...
5
votes
2answers
601 views

Is it okay to throw the food, collected in the mesh in the sink, down the drain, if it doesn't contain plastic? [closed]

We know all food is organic (made of carbon). So if we throw organic stuff down the drain, it should get decomposed by bacteria and shrink. So why should we be worried about blockages if all the food ...
1
vote
3answers
89 views

Bottled coconut oil

I order coconut oil and it is bottled. In the room temperature, it is solid, so I cannot reach the contents of the bottle. Is there a way, how to get that oil? I don't want to spoil it.
7
votes
2answers
285 views

How to clean settled oil fumes from cabinets?

Well, I haven't really cleaned my cabinets right above the stove for a few years so now they are covered in sticky, nasty goo that's basically settled oil fumes (I like to fry and sautee stuff). Any ...
2
votes
2answers
435 views

How can I infuse olive oil safely?

I am infusing olive oil with truffles. How can I do it safely? Heating the oil destroys the truffle smell and pickling it is a sure way to do the same. Are there any other methods? Perhaps some type ...