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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Why should I use olive oil?

So many recipes list olive oil in the ingredients, as the oil to fry things in. What are the benefits or reasons that I should use olive oil over regular generic "cooking oil" and should I always use ...
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How long can a bottle of self-made basil sauce last without rotting?

I made a bottle of basil sauce by myself last year summer. It composed of basil leave, extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan cheese. It was kept in a glass bottle in the ...
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Why did my vinaigrette emulsify so quickly?

When I make salad dressing, I usually don't expect my vinaigrette to emulsify particularly well. I don't do any of the steps described in this question about vinaigrette emulsification, such as ...
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why is cooking in oil or fat considered dry heating?

Why is cooking in oil or fat considered dry heating, while cooking in wine is considered moist heating?
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Can I fix a box cake recipe where I added oil instead of water?

I screwed up and put 1 1/4 cup veg oil instead of water in my box cake recipe. Is there any way to fix this? Can I add flour or something? Or is it doomed for the trash can?
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Crispy cheesy snacks for dieters [closed]

I am going to experiment making a savoury cheese crispy snack like Twisties or Cheezels. I have these ingredients in mind. Corn, Vegetable Oil, Rice, Whey Powder, Cheese Powder (parmesan), Vegetable ...
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Best oil for fondue usage

What is the correct (or best) oil to use for fondue?
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Is it safe to use oil at its smoking point?

Teflon toxicity and second degree burns aside, are there any health issues related to cooking with oil at or past its smoking point? Googling a bit I found one article that went so far as to say you ...
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How to cook pancakes without spreading that horrible smell of burnt oil?

I live in a region where pancakes are considered traditional food and it's typical to cook them on some special occasions. For example, right now someone has decided to throw a party in the office ...
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Conversion rule: how to switch oil and butter?

Just a moment ago, I was making muffins. The recipe calls for 125ml oil. As a footnote, it says that you can replace the oil with 125g butter. Can you do so in every recipe (not just muffins or ...
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Garlic Infused Oil—Safety

I recently received a bottle of garlic and herb infused olive oil as a gift. It came in a fancy bottle with a cork on top. I tried it out last night and it's terrific. I've heard about the dangers of ...
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How to tell the proper amount of oil to use when sautéing vegetables and meat?

A common meal That I make in a pinch is Italian sausage with peppers and onions. I'll cut up a few red and yellow peppers, a whole onion, and throw it in a pan with some olive oil. Once the vegetables ...
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Is cooking with olive oil bad or toxic?

I've heard that cooking with olive oil is bad for you and can be toxic. Is this true? If so, to what extent? I see no warning on the container of my olive oil that states that it would be bad to ...
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Is it really necessary to properly heat oil in a pan before frying veggies?

As an example, we often lightly fry onions in (preferably) Olive Oil before adding them to any number of dishes, such as scrambled eggs for breakfast. My talented cooking friends frequently remind ...
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Constructing your own oil/water sprayer

I have used Pam with great success, but I'd like to build my own oil sprayer so that I can control what kinds of oil I want to use. I also do a lot of break baking and the ability to build a water ...
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Is there a difference between infused oil and adding the ingredient?

For example, is there any difference (taste, use, health, etc) between using an olive oil infused with lemon and a regular olive oil and adding lemon juice? If there are differences, do they only ...
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When to heat oil in dutch oven?

I have an enameled cast iron dutch oven. I thought the pamphlet that came with it said not to heat the cast iron dry -- I could be imagining things, though. Part One So, am I supposed to put the ...
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What is the best way to clean an electric fryer?

I have a Rival RCF15 fryer. I lost the manual and can't find a copy online. It has a fixed metal reservoir for the oil. It has a removable basket. I remember the manual saying something about not ...
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what is the purpose of adding oil to balsamic vinaigrette slowly?

I've been making a lot of vinaigrette dressing lately. Julia Child and Emeril both say that you need to mix up everything but the olive oil, then add the olive oil in slowly (ideally drop by drop) ...
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Does olive oil and balsamic vinegar together need to be refrigerated?

Do I need to store a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar in the refrigerator?
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Where can I buy online spices, sauces, extracts, etc. with international shipping?

I already know Penzey's spices, which is good, but they don't sell sauces. Ebay won't work for me because it is too expensive to ship to Russia (judging from one bottle from one user). Amazon is also ...
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Making pasta: is oil justified? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does oil in the boiling water prevent the spaghetti from sticking together? Since time immortal I have added a couple tablespoons of oil to the water when cooking pasta. ...
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What is the best oil to use when cooking in a wok? [duplicate]

I like cooking a lot of stir-fry which I generally cook in a wok at high temperature. I generally use vegetable oil but I've also heard peanut oil is better for wok cooking because of it's high ...
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When to spray or when to use olive oil?

So what's the basic rule of when to spray with PAM etc or when to use olive oil? For ex, for making an omelet, I usually use the spray.
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Proper olive oil tasting technique

I'm looking to buy some really nice olive oil from an artisan shop near my home. Is there an appropriate olive oil tasting technique, similar to wine? If so, what is it, and what dimensions of flavor ...
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Refrigerating olive oil

I made some mojo de ajo using Rick Bayless’s recipe. He says that it will keep for up to 3 months in the refrigerator, so I stored it in the refrigerator. The oil seems to have solidified in the ...
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How to make eggplant less oily?

I like to make this recipe with thin spaghetti, Eggplant, fresh tomatoes, and mozzarella. 1 pound of eggplant is sauteed in 1/4 inch deep vegetable oil. When the meal is done it's too oily for my ...
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Flavor notes of olive oil varietals?

I prefer extra-virgin olive oils with fruit and grassy notes, rather than the peppery back-of-the-throat flavors that some folks enjoy. Are there particular olive varietals that are more likely to be ...
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Suitable oil for woking?

I know some oil is not suitable for woking. Like sunflower oil and olive oil? What oil is best suitable for woking and which oil is not suitable?
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Are garlic butter and garlic oil interchangeable?

When eating something like crab, garlic butter seems to be a Western thing while garlic oil is Asian. Is it just a personal preference thing, or does it matter which one you use? Note: Garlic butter ...
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Can I reuse coconut oil for cooking?

I was using Coconut oil to fry up tostada shells and I was wondering if its safe to reuse the oil I used the night before to cook up more shells the next day?
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What do “virgin” and “extra virgin” mean in regards to olive oil?

I have seen the terms "virgin" and "extra virgin" on bottles of olive oil. What do these terms mean, and how do they affect the flavor and cooking properties of the oil?