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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Is it ok to store peanut oil in the container it came in after being used?

I am starting to get into frying again. I was wondering if it is ok to store the oil after it has cooled down in its original container or if there is a better option for storage.
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Can I Re-use Unfiltered Frying Oil From Night Before?

I want to re-use some peanut oil I used to make wings the following morning. I don't have any cheesecloths for filtering. The used oil will be sitting out on the stove for less than twelve hours ...
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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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How to eat coconut oil? More details inside!

I'm having trouble eating coconut oil by the spoonful, I can't stand the oily fatty feeling in my mouth. It makes me gag. However, I do want to eat it for health benefits. I can eat ~5g of fructose ...
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Fat free oil substitute

Can someone please tell me a fat free substitute for oil in cooking (not baking) that will not compromise the flavour of the dish? I am asking for a substitute in frying/sautéing vegetables and ...
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Purpose of cooking oil

What is the purpose of cooking oils in a recipe? What does it add to a dish? If we remove it from a dish, what does it detract. Is it creaminess, flavour or something else? What was used by people ...
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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 ...
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African palm oil locusts seasoning & preparation?

In Africa, frying locusts in palm oil is common. What kind of stores might sell them? What's the basic technique for frying them, and how would I add seasoning?
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Why doesn't oil burn and produce smoke at restaurants?

At home when you want to deep-fry something, if you leave the heat on for a minute or two more than you should have, the oil starts to burn and produce smoke. Why doesn't this happen at restaurants ...
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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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Effect of the type of oil on a vinaigrette's texture?

When I prepare vinaigrette, I always use the same basic technique: first the vinegar (or another acid liquid like lemon juice), some salt, a spoonful of Dijon mustard and then I add oil little by ...
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Effecient way to dab grease from dehydrating meat without paper towels

I have read the question here but that question doesn't help me, since the options available in that situation, are not applicable in this situation (see "Limiting factors"). Problem I love to ...
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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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Are there reasons to use olive oil when roasting food at high temperatures?

I see many times chefs choosing olive oil as the fat for cooking recipes that undergo heats of 400f+ (very much above the smoking point of refined olive oil) for 30 minutes, and its virgin olive oil ...
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Substituting canola oil in salad

I have a recipe for Asian salad using canola oil and rice vinegar. Is there a substitution for canola oil that will not be changing the flavor? I would prefer to not use vegetable oil.
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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?
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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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What makes oil stick to the pan so bad that it is so difficult to wash out?

My parents went out of town for a bit and so I had to fend for myself with cooking! I made some chicken and some quesadillas on a particular pan. However, my parents got back and my mom is astounded ...
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Choosing a Flavorless Oil with Specific Qualities

I'm looking for a cooking oil that's flavorless. Many people like coconut oil, but I think it has too strong of a smell. Olive oil, while noticeably less pungent, is still noticeable. I'm also trying ...
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How reliable is determining cooking oil temperature with a thermometer?

Sometimes I dip my meat thermometer in the hot cooking oil and I wonder if the reading is accurate since I do not use a lot of oil so the metal rod is always making contact with the bottom of the pan. ...
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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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How to cook flatbread without oil?

Here's the thing: I am currently experimenting with a Oshawa diet #7 and I discovered that I can make these tasty flatbreads in my frying pan. However, the issue is that after each flatbread is done ...
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How are Oil Types Differant?

I recognize that Canola, Vegetable, and Corn oil are all Vegetable-Based oils, but many Recipes call for different kinds of oil. I don't know why. Is there a major taste/other difference between ...
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If oil in a frying pan gets displaced, say by too much liquid being sweated, will the meat be unevenly cooked?

A thought occurred to me that since oil is a better conductor of heat than water, can too much sweating hurt the cooking process? If the meat sweats a lot of liquid, blood or protein then it can move ...
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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 ...
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How are Belgian fries different than the average French fries found in North America?

How do Belgian fries differ from the French fries we are accustomed to eat in the US and Canada in such places as McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King and so on? Is it the variety of potato, the ...
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Should vegetables be put in the oil before the oil is heated? [closed]

Common practice is to first heat the oil and then put in the vegetables. But it seems to me that putting the vegetables in the oil first is better as evaporative cooling will then prevent the oil from ...
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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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How much to heat mustard oil before cooking?

We use mustard oil. How do I know if the oil is ready for cooking? My mother always waits till the pungent smell goes off. I can't put my finger to know if the oil is ready.
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Food Processor Feeder Tube Hole - What Is It Called and How Does It Work?

I've seen a useful tool on some food processors before, where they have a small hole in the feeder tube that is perfect for making mayonnaise. If you fill the feeder tube with oil, the oil will fall ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How should you go about heating a pan before adding oil? [duplicate]

I always see chefs pre-heating a pan until it is searing hot and then they add the oil (something with the pores inside the pan). But recently while I inquired about why white smoke comes off my pan ...
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How to prevent olive oil container from getting oily outside?

I'm using this kind of container to add just drops of oil on top of my food or whatever: Problem is it's always oily so after using it I have to clean my hand. Any trick to keep it clean and non ...
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What is the maximum temperature to use when cooking with flavor oils?

I'm using standard LorAnn's flavoring oils, which are supposed to be for 'high temperature' cooking with candy. So far 275 degrees F works as far as the flavor goes, but it's bad for efficiency, as ...
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Substitutions for vegetable oil in cornbread

I am out of vegetable oil and need to make cornbread. I think you can substitute peanut oil but want to make sure (only need 1/4 cup). I think you can also use olive oil but I only have extra virgin ...
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Boiling Beef Chorizo as part of a soup base?

I'm wondering about the results if I were to try boiling beef chorizo instead of frying it for use as part of a soup. (My girlfriend insists this is a recipe for disaster, so I'm asking for more ...
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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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What are the pros and cons of using clarified butter as opposed to regular butter?

I am about to start making clarified butter and I want to know how removing the milk solids affects the end result when sauteing, making flavor bases and other things. I like the idea of cooking with ...
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How long can you store used cooking oil

How long can you store used cooking oil then re-use it? I deep fried a turkey one year ago and have had it refrigerated since.
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Is an oil-based roux cooked the same as one made with butter?

I have experience making a roux with butter and flour. If I want to substitute a non-dairy fat (e.g. olive or sunflower oil), will there be any cooking or consistency differences that I need to watch ...
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Heating Pan & Oil [duplicate]

Virgin question -- be gentle. Wasn't able to find answer in database. I've seen recipes that say heat pan and then add oil and recipes that say add oil to pan and heat both together. Does it ...
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What is the right temperature for deep-frying?

I want to know what is the right temperature for deep-frying, for: Schnitzels French-fries Crockets and Onions. I want to know the lowest temp for the right frying, because I want to keep the oil as ...
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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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Electric tandoor foils, food sticks to the aluminium foil

I baked potatoes and cottage cheese, in an electric tandoor. I covered the tandoor plate with the foil and placed the stuff over the foil. After baking for around 10 mins(tandoor burns like hell), ...
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How to store organic cold press sunflower oil for long term usage?

I have opened the bottle and I will be using very little amount daily. It is not going to be finished soon. What are the storage instructions? Should be stored in fridge?
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Add spice then oil, or oil then spice?

When I'm cooking chicken, steak or fish, I normally sprinkle on the spices first and then add the oil. Is this the right order, or would it be better to add the oil and then the spices? Also, does it ...
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How are puffed rice cakes flavoured?

I am working on puffed rice cakes, but I can not find how they are flavoured. Is the oil sprayed on it and seasoning sprinkled after? Or is an oil-seasoning slurry sprayed, or is it something else ...
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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 ...
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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 ...