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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How to maintain a smooth seasoning on carbon steel skillets?

I have two carbon steel skillets from De Buyer. There are no stainless steel skillets so I have to season them. I did this with the flaxseed oil method (apply a thin coat of oil, then eat on the stove ...
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How do I press avocadoes to make avocado oil?

Avocado oil is expensive and I've been trying to figure out a solution to make my own. I'd love to make a press (I do woodworking) but I haven't found anything online. Is there a way to extract ...
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making cream with almond milk and fat

I want to make a replacement for heavy cream. I'm considering almond milk blended with a fat. I have a high powered blender on the way for this purpose (yes, it will blend). Some fats I'm ...
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Why does my skillet burn even when using peanut oil?

When I use peanut oil which is one of the highest smoke point oils the oil still burns. Why is this happening? Is it the burner that's too hot? I have used the burner mainly on high
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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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What is the function of oil in baking/roasting?

Oil is almost always used when cooking vegetables or meat at high temperatures in the oven, but I'm not sure what it actually does - it obviously provides flavour, but there seem to be other purposes. ...
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Colouring oil - chocolate look alike

Does anyone have experience with colouring vegetable/olive oil? My goal is to end up with a brown-chocolate colour so that the result would be a chocolate look-alike.
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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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Fruit Oil Extraction

I'm making an experiment which compares different oils. It seems I can make oil from any fruit/seed by just pressing it, filtering the liquid outflow, and letting the filtered liquid settle (keeping ...
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If a US recipe specifies 'vegetable oil' what type of oil should I use in the UK?

The recipe requires heating the 'vegetable oil' to exactly 375 degrees Fahrenheit with the aid of a candy thermometer. But aren't most oils made from vegetables? Some have a smoke point less than ...
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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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cutting board turned green! [migrated]

I decided to make my own cutting board out of a nice piece of black walnut I came across. It looked great before I added oil, but after I added hemp oil to one side, the whole board turned greenish. ...
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What are the reasons for sauteeing with fat?

I know it's a basic question and of course it's what I do every time I cook. But I'd like to know in depth what the reasons are and the detail of how it affects heat transfer and chemical changes in ...
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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 "sauteing" onions, celery, garlic, etc. in place of oil (scare quotes on "saute" since it involves frying in oil or other ...
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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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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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How to use herb extracts or essential oils in drinks

What I am trying to do is make a drink called "Tarhun". It is, in its essence tarragon extract, sugar, water and lemon juice. I can not find fresh tarragon, so I must use either oil based tarragon ...
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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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Gummy residue from baking spray/oil

I'm sure everyone's seen this - that brownish stuff left behind when you grease an area of a baking dish that gets left exposed to the heat. Soap doesn't bother it too much, and it likes to gum up my ...
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Do you heat the pan first, then add oil? Or put the oil in and heat up with the pan?

As the title says... I personally heat up the pan first, then put the oil in and after it's heated up add the ingredients. I go with the line of reasoning that doing it this way gives the oil less ...
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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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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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How are Vegetable, Corn, and Canola Oil Differant

Many Recipes call for different kinds of oil, but I don't know why. Is there a major taste/other difference between Vegetable, Corn, and Canola Oil? Is there any reason why I couldn't just use Canola ...
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If not hydrogenated, how are spreads from olive oil made?

I read that many spreads are non hydrogenated, so then how are they made solid?
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While making pepper oil with dry crushed red pepper, do I need to sterilize the jars to store for up to 6 months?

I am planning to make a large quantity of oil cooked with dry crushed red pepper. I fry the oil on low heat with the dry crushed red pepper for awhile and then remove it. I plan to distribute it to ...
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Cloudy sediment in grapeseed oil

I have a bottle of grapeseed oil in the cupboard that I use often and isn't that old, I glanced at the bottom and saw that it is cloudy at the bottom, sort of a blob but no sign of anything really ...
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Seasoning No-Stick Frying Pan

When I buy a brand-new Frying pan, the instructions usually say to "season" or oil the Pan. I just purchased one and it also says to "season" after every 10 dishwasher cycles. I always wash my pan by ...
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Making lemon oil from vodka

I recently made some lemon oil. Here's how I made it (question at the bottom): I took the zest of about 12 lemons, packed it in a half pint jar, filled it to the top with 80 proof vodka. Left it in ...
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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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Oil temperature for flavor extraction?

A little context: I make craft chili oils for friends and family. I use a two-step infusion process. First, I infuse the oil for flavor with spices. Second, I add dried chili flakes into the flavored ...
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I want to substitute liquid oil with a dry product

I would like to know if there is a dry food product available that is a good substitute for vegetable oil or butter. I want to package dry mixes that I can take camping with me where hopefully all I ...
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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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Is it safe to use olive oil that has gone cloudy?

I have some olive oil that has gone a bit cloudy. What causes that to happen, and is it still safe to use?
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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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Butter clarifying mixing mistake

During the making of clarified butter, I mistakenly mixed the oil and protiens in the pot with a wooden spoon. So I have an emulsion now. I was thinking, that the oil and the rest will separate ...
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What's the proper way to dispose of used fats & oils?

Down the drain? Does it depend on the type? With bacon fat, I usually let it solidify in a cup lined with foil, and then throw it out. With used canola oil, I'm not quite sure what to do because it ...
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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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Which type of oil/fat should I use for deep frying?

I just got my first ever deep fryer yesterday. Looking round in the shops, I found that I can get bottled frying oil, or a white solid block type of fat which I've never used before, I guess it may be ...
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Why did my hot pepper oil get moldy?

While following the advice in this answer I placed two ripe Bhut Jolokia peppers in a fresh bottle of olive oil, and put it on the shelf to sit for a month so the heat from the peppers would infuse ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...