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'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 ...
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Infusing olive oil with herbs

I have some basil from my garden that I would like to infuse with olive oil to flavor it. I was going to pack the jar with the herbs and then pour the oil over it, keep it in a jar for about a week ...
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Garlic + Oil, Why is this recipe safe?

I've read other questions here and elsewhere that talk about the danger of garlic in oil. I'm trying to figure out why this recipe is safe: ...
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Does blending oil (for vegan butter) make hydrogenated oil?

I recently figured out the recipe for garlic vegan butter which is made primarily by roasting garlic, then whipping it in a blender with coconut and olive oil, and cooling in the refrigerator. It's ...
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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 ...
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What oil to use when cooking a salmon?

From my conversation with some of my friends, they mention that using canola oil would be suitable for cooking a almost "Well Done" salmon. Also, it will make the salmon taste better. So, I was ...
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Is this video showing an exception of the common wisdom that you shouldn't cook with EVOO?

I know this question has been discussed here before, such as this question. But I am asking it again to share the video in this blog post. The video shows how you use the extra virgin olive to cook, ...
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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 ...
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Mixing liquid margarine and water

I am trying to mix 1 part water and 1 part liquid margarine on a stovetop. I notice it will not mix too well. I would also like to make this sauce thick. What would be the best way to do that?
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Are spores an issue in sauteed pepper storage when you add garlic?

Typical food-storage for leftover sauteed or roasted peppers in oil, non-canned, seem to vary from one to two weeks when referencing online sources. However, if I make Hungarian peppers in oil with ...
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Is it normal for ginger paste to spit violently in oil?

One of my favourite recipes calls for a 3cm piece of ginger peeled and grated. The recipe asks that I heat some vegetable oil in a hot wok, then fry the ginger for 30 seconds before adding the meat ...
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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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Substituting mayonaise for vegetable oil

I know there's a recipe for Mayonaise cake that is super moist. I am baking sugar free brownies that are a bit dry, box recipe. I'd like to use mayo instead of oil and see if it comes out moister. ...
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Can you extend the life of frying oil with lettuce?

Someone told me that putting lettuce in frying oil, it will recover some of the properties. That way you can extend the number of uses you get from this oil. I read (Spanish) that doing so will keep ...
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Why would using oil make muffins less sweet?

I've been wondering, what makes muffins less sweet when using oil? (instead of butter?) In this case, a muffin mix tells me to use butter. The alternative (to make "american style" muffins) is to use ...
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what's the smoke point of a hybrid oil?

I saw at the store there's a new cooking oil composed of 80% canola oil and 20% olive oil. They offer it for frying and seasoning. What would be the smoke point for such an oil?
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Why does my oil cake drop in the centre

My cake initially rises perfectly, but after about 20 - 25 minutes, the cake starts to slightly droop with the cake also pulling away from the side of the pan. I don't mind that too much, as the ...
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leaving oil on a frying pan for use later

I live alone, so I cook for myself. And often times I cook steaks/burgers on a pan, and later in the same day would return to use the same pan/oil without washing/using new oil. Is this safe, or ...
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Making “french fries” out of Cassava/Yuca root

I'm surprised this question isn't already on here, maybe I missed it... To start, had my first taste of yucca cooked as a sort of alternative french fry at a Bolivian restaurant, and it was ...
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What oils are suitable for Indian cooking (i.e. extended frying duration)?

Indian cooking basically uses oil from the beginning of the process, typically starting with sautéing ginger and garlic, then adding shallots, chillies and onions. So the oil is on the fire for quite ...
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My pesto turned solid. Why?

Warning: I am a cooking noob. I might overlook something ridiculously simple. Anyway, I just made my first pesto sauce (do you call this a sauce?). Basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, etc. At the end, I ...
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Can I use oil spray as a salad dressing?

I have been using organic, all natural no-stick cooking spray (organic canola oil) for cooking recently. I know it is good for frying but I'd like to know if I can extend the usage of it. Can I use it ...
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What can I substitute for vegetable oil in a recipe?

Is there something that I can use as a substitute for vegetable oil in a recipe? I'm actually making cornbread (I think it matters), and normally the recipe calls for 1/3 cup vegetable oil. ...
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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 ...
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How can I save my curry - it's way too oily!

I cooked a chicken curry in the slowcooker last night, I came down this morning and its way too oily. I think because of this the coconut milk has separated a little too. Any way I can save this, ...
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Can oil be replaced with yoghurt in a cake recipe?

A cake recipe is asking for "one cup" oil!! I don't want to eat so much "oil", can I replace it with yoghurt or something else?
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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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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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Annatto Oil Substitute

We have a recipe that calls for us to make annatto (achiote) oil and fry some chilli peppers in it. We are unable to find annatto seeds. Is there a good substitute?
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What limitations are there to sauteeing with water?

I was recently helping with some recipes and was instructed to use water for "sauteeing" onions, celery, garlic, etc in place of oil (scare quotes on "saute" since it involves frying in oil or other ...
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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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Easiest way to strain fry oil?

What is the easiest way to strain fry oil? I strain fry oil so it can be reused. I've been using cheesecloth put inside a funnel. It works but it's a bit messy and a hassle. Is there a better ...
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Does olive oil loose its healthy properties when heated? [closed]

I know that heating oil to its smoking point is not the best idea. However, as far as I know, consuming cold (i.e. non-heated) olive oil (e.g. on salads) has some positive effects (which are?). ...
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How to check whether the Olive oil is fit for consumption or not?

How to check whether the Olive oil is fit for consumption or not? The oil is in a bottle and doesn't have any froth. EDIT 1: The oil is about 1 and a half years old. I kept it in a capped bottle. I ...
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Can you store oil in a container that is not airtight?

I've have seen that several chefs and home cooks (e.g. my mom) store oils like canola and olive in ceramic or glass bottles with pour spouts that are not sealed. An example of this can be found on ...
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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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Is there anything wrong with keeping oil, salt, and vinegar together? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Need to refrigerate vinaigrette? I am curious if there is anything wrong with keeping oil, salt, and vinegar together. A month ago, I made a small mixture of those and ...
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What type of vegetable oil should I use for tempura?

If I want to make a really superior vegetable or seafood tempura, what kind of oil should I use, and what temperature should I heat it to? I've been using refined peanut oil (Lion & Globe brand) ...
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How to best store not-yet-used frying oil?

I occasionally deep fry using peanut oil. The small amount used in my deep fryer (around one quart/1 liter) is easy enough to store in a polypropylene container that came with the fryer. Originally, I ...
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Is deep-frying silicone oil safe for home use?

Perhaps it is due to confusion surrounding silicone, but what studies exist that document the safety and best practices of using silicone oil? I understand it is used for as an anti-foaming agent in ...
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French dressing will not blend or mix to be creamy

I make a french dressing > I blend using a milk shake mixer. Usually as I add the oil, sugar and vinegar it mixes up to a very nice creamy thick dressing. Lately it will not thicken up and stays very ...
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What was wrong with using White Truffle Oil?

On the show "Chopped", a contestant was running out of time to finish his entrée (using the mystery ingredients: gingersnaps, sweet potatoes, farina and turbot), and his dish did not have a sauce, so ...
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Does adding oil to pasta water reduce the tendency to boil over?

I know that adding oil to pasta water doesn't keep the noodles from sticking--much better to do that after cooking. I also know that there's no need to cook pasta at a rolling boil. My question is ...
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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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oil for cooking eggs [closed]

I want to cook eggs and I want to know the amount of oil that I have to add for 4 eggs. The eggs' weight is about 75-80gr.
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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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What's the best replacement for “solid vegetable oil” in pastry recipes?

I want to make some chickpea delight. I don't know what it's called in English; it is a Persian recipe, and literally translates to "little chickpea confectionary" (شیرینی نخودچی, ...
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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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Why do many recipes instruct you to oil or grease the pan at the start of the recipe?

I've noticed that most recipes that end up in a pan in the oven will have me grease or oil the pan at the start of the recipe. This is long before I have anything else to put into it. The pan just ...