Questions tagged [oil]

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 you have a *specific* nutritional question - for example, the effect of saturation on smoke point.

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Keeping oil spray nozzle from clogging

An entire category of cooking oil sprayers seems to exist on the market. I intend to use such an oil sprayer to deposit a thin layer of oil on a cast iron pan before cooking (crepes, omelettes..). ...
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What purpose does adding oil/butter to thin pancake batter serve?

While I understand that adding melted butter or oil to thick, American-style pancakes improves the texture/crumb of the pancake, I have been wondering what the impact is on thin pancakes. Here are ...
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How can I keep extra virgin olive oil cool and usable, while it's hot in the summer and when the fridge solidifies the oil?

I've read Gut by Guilia Enders. It says that extra virgin olive oil cleans your heart vessels and has other beneficial effects. The oil binds free radicals in your body. But the oil doesn't wait to ...
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What is this brown deposit at the bottom of my Oil can?

We use Filtered groundnut oil for cooking at home. However, we recently changed the brand due to non-availability during COVID-19 lock-down. While pouring the last bit of oil I saw this at the bottom. ...
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Is there an effective way to remove or neutralize the smell of fried food? [duplicate]

Meal prep tonight included lots of deep frying (canola oil). Hours later the smell persists very strongly. We have the AC on, but aside from that are looking for a way to neutralize the "fried ...
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Does saturated fat result in crispier fried food?

I was watching this video of Kenji making Kung Pao chicken, in which he claims that frying in saturated fat results in crispier food. Is there any truth to this? I found this page stating saturated ...
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Black sludge, black flakes after seasoning

I recently purchased a new infrared grill. It has stainless steel emitters and porcelain coated cast iron grates above the emitters. The instructions said to season it. So I put vegetable oil all ...
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Does oil promote browning of foods?

Recently I've started to roast vegetables without adding oil in a bid to eat healthier. However, they end up coming out of the oven looking more dry instead of crisp and browned, with not as much of ...
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Do you add extra oil when replacing eggs in baked goods?

I usually use applesauce to replace eggs in muffins, but I realize that I am losing out on some of the fat that an egg yolk would provide. Should I add more oil when I do this? If so, how much? If it ...
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How to maintain oil temperature when deep frying at home?

I was frying chicken and I noticed the amount of time needed to fry the chicken and how dark the batter will end up depends largely on the temperature of the oil. The problem is, the oil temperature ...
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Sugar with vegetable oil safe?

During my move to a new home a 10lb bag of granulated pure cane sugar had some vegetable oil drip onto it. After 2 days when I observed that I took the sugar out of its paper bag and put it into a ...
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Extracting flavor of ginger in cooking

I have noticed and tried the practice of frying the combination of ginger and garlic pieces in oil/ghee at the very beginning, prominently in Indian cuisines. However, pungent taste from the uncooked ...
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Cast Iron Skillet Loses Seasoning After Cooking Chicken?

I season my cast Iron thoroughly until it is so slick it could sell a used car. However, whenever I cook chicken breast, I notice the seasoning comes off? No other foods do this. I can cook eggs ...
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Sunflower oil reaching smoke point on medium temperature. Is this normal?

If I turn the heat any lower I fear that the meat won't be cooked well enough. It's only a small amount of smoke. I'm learning to cook and I'm afraid I will start a fire.
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Is it normal for my pan to start smoking?

There was only oil in it and there is no smoke when I cook in other pans. Also the heat was medium and I'm afraid if I turn the heat any lower that my meal will be under-cooked
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Does smoke point affect max temp of patina

If I were to season a cast iron pan by rubbing it with olive oil(smoke point of 350F to 410F) and putting it in the oven for a while at 340F to create a patina, would I be able to later on use that ...
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Why to store olive oil in opaque bottles?

Nowadays it is common to store olive oil in opaque (dark green/brown) bottles to preserve its condition. Does the olive oil get bad if I would use clear glass bottles instead? Does the light "damage" ...
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What to do after cooking oil beyond the smoke point

I accidentally cooked oil beyond the smoke point for way too long. Could hardly breathe in the kitchen etc. It's cooled down now and I know it's toxic so my question is what to do with the oil? Can I ...
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Why does oil puddle in some non-stick frying pans but not in others?

I have an old teflon frying pan with a non-stick coating (I think all teflon pans are non-stick, but let's not be picky :) ). If I pour some oil on it, it doesn't spread out and cover the pan, it ...
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Flaxseed (Linseed) oil over time

What is the amount of edible oil as function of time after crushing after harvesting in dependence of storage conditions? Is there a serious study that has measured the edible oil content over time?...
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Is MSG soluble in oil?

I know that salt is not soluble in oil. I've tried seasoning oil with it and the salt never dissolved. I was wondering if MSG behaves the same way as salt in oil?
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Can cooking oil selection effect Maillard reaction?

Ignoring flavor impartation. When pan-frying: Does picking a higher smoke point oil like avocado oil affect the speed of the Maillard reaction? Will it occur quicker if a lower smoke point oil like ...
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Are oils from these spices volatile to the point they will evaporate or lose their potency when cooking a curry?

Spices like black pepper have volatile compounds such as piperine which loses potency/is lost during cooking a curry so it’s best to add it at the end. My question is about cumin, coriander and ...
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How does pH and temperature affect emulsification of vegetable oils?

This question discussed about how the molecular properties of the fat in vegetable oil affect emulsification in the making of Mayonnaise. The answer in there suggested that lemon has minimal role (if ...
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What influence does the properties of fat in vegetable oil affect emulsification of oil?

I am trying to make vegan mayonnaise. In my first attempt I used soy milk and corn oil as the major ingredients. I tried adding lemon juice instead of vinegar as the emulsifying agent and used the ...
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If you boil cumin or other seeds, do the volatile oils get released into the sauce?

As above, if you use fennel, cumin or other seeds whole, will the oils get released into the pot liquid or must one ground the seed then add for the oils to come out?
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How to fry crispy chips but not too brown?

I recently got a mandoline slicer and started doing some potato chips. They come out great but I wish they were a bit less golden/brown. I tried removing them from the oil earlier but they come out ...
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Making a vegan potato-puree like course without whole potatoes

I live in Thailand in which potatoes in retail supermarkets can be a bit expensive because of a bit low demand due to low traditional usage in local cuisine. In my opinion in Thai bazaars the price is ...
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Why does the oil never separate when I try to make an Indian curry?

A lot of curry recipes tell you to keep going until the oil separates, but for me this point never comes. I've tried putting more oil / butter in to start with, but no joy. I've also tried turning up ...
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How Does Too Much Oil in Indian Mughlai Food Makes It Tasty?

What is the explanation of oily food being tasty? How does extra oil enhances taste? It is evident North Indian food specialy Mughlai food uses too much oil and it is also true too much oil makes ...
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Why does rapeseed oil turn sticky but coconut oil doesn't?

Whenever I season my cast iron pan with canola/rapeseed oil it turns sticky after a few weeks. It also gets sticky on the bottle and glues the cap on sometimes. When I season it with coconut oil, it ...
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Do ground seeds contain oil?

I am referring to things like cumin seeds or others which are meant to contain oil. When they are ground does it loose the oil? Or does the oil exist but it deteriorates due to oxidation? I also ...
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USDA Oil Regulation

I know this might not be a question to ask on here but was hoping maybe someone might be in the deep frying industry and could help since I've been on hold for over 1 hour and nothing yet. Does ...
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How do i make bubbles on surface of chips?

I've never asked a question on here as i'm a new user, I was just wondering if someone could explain how to put bubbles into chips. Ours is a protein based chip and we had a batch that fried and had a ...
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Is there any taste/texture difference between refined vegetable oils at temperatues above melting point

I am making vegan cheese and it calls for a lot of refined coconut oil. I am wondering If I were to substitute out half the refined coconut oil for equal parts of another flavorless vegetable oil ...
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Why did my chili oil flakes split in two layers?

I recently made chili oil at home for the first time, it is delicious and works great. I simply infused canola oil with some spices and then poured it on chili flakes mixed with a bit of black vinegar....
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Does oil oxidation create trans fats?

I am considering switching to beef tallow for my high heat cooking, as it has a high smoke point and is a saturated fat (which means, that it does not oxidize easily). Also recent randomized control ...
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How do you make unsalted olives?

How do I cure olives without using salt? Is oil the only option? Or salt free fermentation of some sort? I found this one claiming to be unsalted but couldn't find any recipe/resource describing the ...
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How to safely reuse glass bottles to store oils

I like to reuse glass bottles and jars in my kitchen in order to create less waste. Recently, I bought a large quantity of olive oil which I would like to use by pouring some of it in an empty 500ml ...
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Using a ultrasound homogenizer to increase meat juicyness

I saw a popular TV show where a cook competes against a scientist. They made a pork belly, the cook made a brine and injected the brine directly into the meat with a needle, and the scientist also ...
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Olive oil in Japanese cooking

I recently ventured a bit outside my usual European cooking and started making recipes from a "westernized" Japanese cookbook I was gifted. Some recipes for salads call for "vegetable oil" in the ...
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What's the secret to pan-searing a steak with regard to oil's smoking point?

Lately I've been trying my best to learn how to pan-sear a steak at home and the main takeaways I've gathered from my research and distilling tips from the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver etc. ...
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Is it important to let meat sit in oil before grilling/baking?

You should put oil on your meat to prevent it drying out. Does it make a difference if you coat then cook straight away or leave coated for a while, if so how long should you keep it for?
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Why does meat coated in oil cook better than meat not coated in oil?

I recently oven cooked some meat. Half was coated in oil the other half not. Other than that they had salt and no other ingredients. After cooking for about an hour I found the one coated in oil ...
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Preserving culinary oils

I've been making a chili oil and green onion oil for my friends for months with a lot of interest in buying. I want to start selling it at farmers markets & stores but want to ensure it is ...
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How to infuse black layer of peppercorn into an oil?

I am interested in infusing the black layer flavours(not inner white parts) of black pepper into an oil. I imagine this can be achieved by adding whole black peppercorns to oil and frying a little. ...
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What is early harvest olive oil?

I think it means picking the olives early I.e when they are green(unripe) . Is this correct? I’ve also heard people say that like any fruit, they should be used when they are ripe ie black so wouldn’...
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Which uk olive oil can I buy is really early harvest extra virgin olive oil?

I want to buy early harvest extra virgin olive oil, however, it seems there is no way to know what is the real thing. Searching suggests supermarket brands have been tested and failed to be extra ...
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Why do recipes have the instruction to fry in olive oil? [closed]

Can someone please tell me, why do cooking instructions have you frying in olive oil? That doesn't make any sense as olive oil has a very low smoking point.
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What are some good ways to treat frozen vegetables such that they behave like fresh vegetables when stir frying them?

Forgive me for being a novice. I like having frozen spinach, onions, broccoli, and vegetables since they're convenient and don't spoil. But I only know the practices for cooking, and in particular, ...

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