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 ...

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What is the purpose of oil or butter in bread?

Specifically in wheat and potato breads, what is the purpose of adding oil or butter to the dough? I have always assumed it was just for flavor, but I suspect there is some background chemical ...
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When can I use coconut oil as a substitution for other fats?

Aside from imparting a different flavour, when baking and cooking can you substitute coconut oil for other oils (including butter) with the same results? I have been reading about the apparent health ...
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Is pork for bo ssam made entirely without oil?

According to all the recipes, we have to leave the salted and covered with sugar pork in the fridge over night. In the morning we wash it, wipe it dry and put it in the oven - so no oil. I'm not used ...
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Cooking up onions, without oil

For a while now I have been trying to reduce my intake of fried food, or food otherwise cooked with oil. However I still make a lot of things with onions, and I end up sautéeing them with vegetable ...
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What is meant by “cook until the oil separates” in Indian curry recipes?

A lot of Indian curry recipes have a step where you're told to cook an onion-tomato-spices mixture "until the oil separates". Despite having tried cooking such recipes a number of times already, I ...
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Need to refrigerate vinaigrette?

I've made a red-wine vinaigrette dressing using olive oil (which makes up the majority of the dressing), red wine, garlic, and basil. My problem is that whenever I take it out of the refrigerator, ...
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Did I poison myself by eating popcorn made in a steel pot with olive oil?

I made popcorn by putting a layer of olive oil at the bottom of a steel pot, putting in the kernels and cooking it on high heat for a minute or so. When it started popping, I noticed that smoke with ...
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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?
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How do you figure out how much oil to use for pan frying?

How do you go about figuring how much oil to use for frying? Off the top of my head, I can think of a number of factors such as the type of food, how well you want to cook it, the type of oil, the ...
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Why does this sunflower butter exude green liquid?

The most recent brand of sunflower butter (Mara Natha) that I've been using left a green tinted liquid inside the glass jar after I attempted to wash it out for recycling with water ~200°F/93°C and ...
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What is the purpose of adding oil when cooking scrambled eggs on non-stick pan?

Today I had… hard conversation with my girlfriend whether to use or not oil (semi refined sunflower) when cooking scrambled eggs on a non-stick pan. My point is that there is no reason for oil, ...
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Vegetable Oil vs. Canola oil in DIY Spreadable butter

I've been scouring the net for DIY spreadable butter recipes but nearly all of them use Canola oil, but all I've got available here is Vegetable Oil and Coconut Oil. What's worse is that none of them ...
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How to keep my (deep frying) oil usable as long as possible?

I have a new deep fryer. I am pleased with its results so far. I am not a 'heavy user' though - say once every 2-3 weeks. I want to re-use the oil a couple of times. The deep fryer is covered but not ...
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No oil on non-stick pans?

My boyfriend is convinced that a non-stick coating on a pan (Teflon, seasoned cast iron, eco-ceramic, what have you) is equivalent to eliminating the need for using any cooking oil whatsoever. Is ...
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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 ...
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Why does food cooked with peanut oil stick less than food cooked with sunflower oil?

I tried both peanut oil and sunflower oil on the same food cooked in the same pan and noticed that when cooked with sunflower oil, the food tends to stick to the pan. If I use peanut oil, I have less ...
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dry garlic in oil --> botulism risk?

My girlfriend and I are thinking of preparing some flavored oils for Christmas presents this year (don't tell anyone!). We've read online that fresh garlic presents a health hazard when stored at room ...
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What quantity of coconut oil should be substituted for butter in a brownie mix?

I want to substitute coconut oil for the butter in a brownie mix but I don't know how much to use. The recipe calls for 3/4 stick of melted butter. How much coconut oil should I use?
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can anyone explain why oil separation in a curry is indicator that the food is cooked? [duplicate]

I'm addicted to curries and recently I participated on an internet discussion about oil separation in a curry. It is conventional wisdom that oil separation in a curry indicates the food finished ...
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Which oils are considered flavorless?

The cake recipe is calling for a vegetable oil. I have refined sunflower oil, and refined soyabean oil. Do they qualify for flavourless oils? I haven't noticed any taste in any oil by now! Taste buds ...
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What happens if I use vegetable oil in a cake?

I want to bake a cake out of baking mix bought at a shop. The mix already contains flour, baking soda, vanillin, other minor components. The manual says I need to add butter. I'd like to use ...
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Removing oil bubbles from bolognese sauce

I am making bolognese for dinner tonight. In the past I have had trouble with oil in the sauce giving it a not very nice oily texture. I tried to limit the amount of oil I used, but I still have oil ...
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Using avocado oil as a substitute to olive oil

Olive oil is more expensive than normal oils, but due to its nutrition properties (and probably its taste), chefs prefer to use it for lots of different applications even frying. Avocado oil is more ...
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When cooking meats such as pork chops in a toaster oven, is it better to use butter or some type of oil to coat the pan?

I often use a toaster oven where I line the tray with aluminum foil and coat it in something so the food doesn't stick. Is a difference between using butter or olive oil or some other type of oil to ...
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4 tablespoons of butter is how many tablespoons of coconut oil

I am making macaroni and I need 4 tablespoons of butter, but I don't have any butter. I am going to use coconut oil as a substitute but do I use the same amount of oil as butter? Or should I use ...
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How oil changes the taste of salads?

Almost every salad recipes I've read needs some oil. What's its effect on vegetables? How does it change the flavor? If oil is not used for the taste, why is it necessary for salads?
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Oil in steamed cake

I realized that for steamed cake, the recipe calls for little or no oil. Why is this so? What will happen if I add more oil to the recipe? The ingredients are: 5 eggs 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 ...
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Substituting butter for oil: Does it matter for baked goods?

When a recipe (like for muffins) calls for vegetable oil, does it matter if I substitute the oil for butter because I want that buttery taste in the muffins? Do I need to compensate for the ...
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oil for tabletop working dough

I'm working through a pizza dough recipe, and one of the instructions is to use oil on the worktop to stretch and fold the dough: Oil the worktop once more, dimple the dough out into a rectangle, ...
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Must rice always be cooked with some oil or lard?

I'm a totally amateur "cooker" and I was always taught that before I cook the rice, I have to add some oil or lard to it and cook in that. But why is it necessary? Once I forgot it and everything was ...
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Is it safe to store oils, vinegars and other sauces in reused gourmet oil tins?

I'm trying to find a solution to counter-top storage of oils (olive, sesame, fish) and other sauces (balsamic, soy) that I use frequently. I was thinking of reusing some of the tin containers that ...
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Why does oil change the color of salmorejo?

We did a few experiments last year with salmorejo, a cold soup made of very ripe tomatoes and bread, very similar to gazpacho. We noticed that while blending, the salmorejo would turn pink. This is ...
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how to use ktc pure coconut oil?

I bought a bottle of ktc pure coconut oil but as far as I can tell, it is in solid form and not liquid as I sort of expected. How can I use it? In case anyone has used it, is the oil going to cause ...
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Does oil evaporate?

The oil is said to be evaporate at very high temperatures but while cooking something in pan with oil, is the smoke that goes upwards because of oil evaporation? If not why does the chambers of ...
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Why does oil bubble when you fry things?

My apologies if this question is misplaced, but I've always wondered: what causes the oil to bubble and sizzle when you fry something in it? It's always intrigued me that I could take a totally ...
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Food Safety - Infused oil with dried herbs

I know using fresh herbs to infuse oil can be dangerous as the oil might become a breeding ground for botulism. I was wondering, if I first rinse my herbs (or peppers for that matter) and then dry ...
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Can extra virgin olive oil be used for stir frying, roasting, grilling?

I'd like to use extra virgin olive oil for the above mentioned cooking methods as opposed to other oils/butter. Are there any downsides to it, or can it be used safely in all those cooking methods? Is ...
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How should I incorporate oil into focaccia?

Last weekend, I tried making focaccia for the first time. I tried two recipes at once, the one from The Bread Baker's Apprentice and a traditional Genovese focaccia recipe modified for quick-rise (I ...
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What kind of vegetable oil should I use for baking?

I'm going to bake this cake: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/French-Yogurt-Cake-395471 and was wondering what sort of vegetable oil (canola etc) I should use? Would the type of oil make ...
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What can replace coconut oil in a chocolate cookie coating?

For cookies I cover in chocolate I usually use add coconut oil to the liquefying chocolate to get a smooth mass. However, here it is really hard to get and even big supermarkets usually don't have it. ...
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poaching an egg in frying canola oil

Last night I was doing some fried schnitzels with canola oil at 130-140C (they were very good). After serving them, I felt adventurous and wondered what would happen if I tried to poach an egg in ...
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Is it a good idea or a waste to fry with olive oil? [duplicate]

A NY Times article says it's a waste: After I’d heated them, none of the olive oils had much olive flavor left. In fact, they didn’t taste much different from the seed oils. But How to Cook ...
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Type of oil to cook white/black pudding in?

What type of oil is best for pan frying either white pudding or black pudding? I don't want to use bacon grease (I'm not cooking any bacon) and cannot fry it in its own fat (no fat renders out of ...
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Reusing oil containers

I generally buy large containers of oil (olive, canola, peanut, etc.) and just refill a handful of smaller oil bottles. That way it's cheaper in the long run, and the smaller bottles are easier to ...
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What is meant by “neutral” oils?

What is meant by "neutral" oils? Conversely, what would make an oil not neutral? When is it important that the oil be neutral (or not)?
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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 ...
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Should peanut oil be stored in the fridge?

I know walnut oil should be stored in the fridge. Is the same also true for peanut oil?
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Substituting vegetable oil for canola oil

Can you use vegetable oil instead of canola in a party mix recipe using saltine crackers?
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What's the crud in the pan with potatoes and oil?

Sometimes I make sautéed potatoes. I dice the potatoes into little cubes about 1cm or less to a side, then cook them in a pan with about 1-2Tbsp of hot oil. The result is sort of like little french ...
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Can Grapeseed oil be considered edible after it has passed the expiry date?

We have an un-opened bottle of grapeseed oil that got buried away and never used. It has 'best by 3/31/2012' on the label. Should I just throw it out or is it possibly still good? It's from Italy ...