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Chinese alternative to Olive Oil?

I'm actually in china and here olive oil is expensive and difficult to be found. I need it to fry slightly onion/garlic for ex. to prepare tomato sauce. What can I use as alternative?
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Can I substitute vegetable oil for olive oil?

I have vegetable oil but my recipe calls for olive oil. Will it make a difference to use the vegetable oil? Also, what would the conversion be? I'm trying to make a homemade pizza crust without yeast ...
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Can I use extra virgin olive oil for cooking steak?

According to this: What oil or fat to use for different purposes? For general pan cooking: olive oil (any kind), butter.. I see video from youtube such as How to Cook Steak by Jamie Oliver, he also ...
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Can you make Bearnaise with olive oil?

I'm looking to make a 'paleo version of Bearnaise Sauce. Can you substitute olive oil for butter when making Bearnaise sauce?
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Unit price of olive oil: volume versus weight

I am browsing olive oil on Google Shopping (the following problem also happens when I shop in local supermarkets). I found the information about unit price of olive oil is inconsistent. Sometimes only ...
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Garlic Overflow — Why won't my olive oil stay in its jug?

I'm the kind of chef who chops up whatever the local bazaar has that week, adds a random amount of seasonings until the color suits my fancy and then cooks it. Somehow. Most days I don't go hungry. ...
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How to open a can of olive oil?

I have a 900 ml can of Saloio olive oil. I lack any idea of how to open it. The top of the tin is more-or-less seamless (see photo), and lacks any sort of indicator as to how this may be ...
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Should I use olive oil in in baking?

Many sources suggest that olive oil loses its distinctive flavors when heated to high temperatures (e.g., Can extra virgin olive oil be used for stir frying, roasting, grilling?). When olive oil is ...
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What is the difference between normal oils and cooking oils?

I am not proficient in cooking but I have one question which I am not able to figure out. I have read on internet some oils should be used for dressing, other for cooking. But to me, they all look ...
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Olive oil vs almond oil for frying ground beef?

I need to fry some ground beef with some spices (black pepper, mustard seeds, cumin, cinnamon, salt, garlic, onion). I have olive oil and also almond oil. What are the relative strengths and ...
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Smoke detector goes off when baking chicken breast

Smoke comes out of my oven when I bake chicken breast fillets. As soon as I open the oven door I can see some smoke escaping, and 30 seconds later both fire alarms are going off. This has never ...
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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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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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Is there much of a difference between organic vs. regular olive oil?

I have this idea that if I buy high quality olive oil from non-industrial producers then it doesn't need an "organic" label because olives are pretty resistant and don't require that much pesticide. ...
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homemade chilli oil

I am making chilli oil using light olive oil, crushed chilli, dried garlic, dried fennel seeds and parsley. I have been making this for years. I am concerned about this Botulinum business. Should I ...
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Is Sous Vide Oil Infusion with fresh herbs or garlic a practical technique to avoid botulism risk?

I've been experimenting with flavoring olive oil using dried herbs. So far, I've only used dried herbs in my home infusions because I have read a number of articles which claim there is a botulism ...
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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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Why does my olive oil smoke/burn when I fry with it?

I see many chefs/people in food channels who use olive oil to fry stuff (like salmon). However, when I add olive oil for frying it quickly burns releasing dark smoke. Is there a specific type of olive ...
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My olive oil didn't solidify in the fridge. Is it fake?

After reading about scandals involving adulterated (and sometimes fake) olive oil, I decided to test a bottle of Bertolli olive oil. Bertolli in particular has been sued for selling fake olive oil, ...
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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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Benefits of vinaigrette vs. pouring oil and vinegar separately on salad?

I was reading Essentials of classic Italian cooking by Marcella Hazan where I noticed she first pours a lot of olive oil to "protect the salad" from the vinegar as it prevents the acid from doing its ...
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Does adding oil and fats affect bread crust development?

I had recently started baking bread and I have read up a lot on developing a great crust. Generally it involves steam in the oven at the beginning of the baking process, high even heat and etc. I ...
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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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Can I substitute olive oil for butter/shortening in pie crust?

I was making a pie the other day -- a mock apple pie*, to be exact, which is unusual enough. But I came up short on butter and don't keep any shortening stocked in my kitchen. Desperate, I searched ...
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Are chilies in olive oil dangerous?

In Portugal, chilies in olive oil are a very typical form of spicy sauce, in both commercial and artisan forms. Different types, amounts, and mixes of chillies result in different flavours and it can ...
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Does the colour of the olive oil say anything about its quality?

Does the colour of the olive oil say anything about its quality? Some labels make a point of saying that the olive oil was made within a short period of time after harvesting. Why would this be ...
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How can I make a stable olive oil and vanilla ganache?

I've just made some vanilla macaron shells that I plan to fill with an olive oil and vanilla ganache. How should I go about doing this? Should I just make it like a regular ganache or will it just ...
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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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How to remove olive oil stains from cotton/wool cloths?

I think any cook have came across these nasty stains. What is the best home method of removing them from cotton/wool cloths? I know that the best method is to act proactive and wear protective ...
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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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Why do chefs finish with olive oil?

I watch cooking shows often. I see chefs finish a dish with olive oil. Why do chef's finish their dish with olive oil? What is the reasoning for this? Is it purely a presentation or is it just ...
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Replacing butter with olive oil

This is more of a food preparation/health question since it's after the food has been cooked. Recently I've been substituting butter with olive oil. For example, baked potatoes, instead of butter and ...
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How to make truffle oil?

Is it as easy as taking a few shavings of truffle, and chucking them into glass bottle filled with olive oil, and then sealing it up and waiting a few months? I'd rather not mess this up, as they are ...
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What kind of olive oil should I use?

When you cook pasta, something you have to mix the pasta in the pan with olive oil and various ingredients. For example, in this recipe: http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/02/spaghetti-cacio-e-pepe/ ...
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Olive oil gets bitter in blender?

I read somewhere -- maybe a James Peterson cookbook? -- that putting olive oil in the blender for more than a few seconds will make it bitter. However, many recipes for hummus, aioli, and other things ...
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How can I make the most effective use of high-quality olive oil?

I was recently in an organic market and sampled some of the finest olive oil I've ever tasted. I bought a bottle, and I'm now looking for ways to maximize my enjoyment of it. I'm familiar with ...
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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 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) ...