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Why is refined oil cheaper than cold press oil?

Your assumption is unfortunately too simplified. There are a lot of factors at play that you haven't considered so far: Let’s look at unrefined oils first: For them to be marketable, they must be free ...
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Why is refined oil cheaper than cold press oil?

Supplimental answer: Refined oils are often made from materials that couldn't or wouldn't be used in cold pressed oils, which leads to lower input costs and increased yields. For example, refined ...
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Can I Use Less Oil In Shrimp Fried Rice?

You'll still be able to cook this successfully using only two tbsp of oil total. The texture of the final dish will suffer slightly, being stickier and less sumptuous. Make your rice at least a couple ...
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A definitive physicochemical guide to smoke points of cooking oils?

Smoke and vapor are not the same thing. The process of something smoking is a form of thermal decomposition called pyrolysis where heat acts as a catalyst for something to chemically change into ...
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Why is refined oil cheaper than cold press oil?

depends on the oil. See 3) wrong idea. The chemical processes involved allow a lot more oil to be extracted from the same amount of raw materials. Often they also include adding cheaper ingredients (...
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Does poaching or steaming oily fish cause it to loose most of its oils like boiling?

Neither boiling, poaching nor steaming causes oily fish to lose “most of” its oil. I would expect all of them to release a similar amount of oil, with poaching (correctly done) probably resulting in ...
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Sputtering Avocado Oil at High Temps

Sputtering usually means there's water present, so your oil must have some sort of water contamination. It's probably condensation left over from washing your bottle. You can determine this by pouring ...
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Stainless steel pot on fire

You certainly heated the pot to be hotter than the flame point of one or both of the oils. In the future, be careful how hot you let the pot get before adding oil.
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Mineral oil as a zero calorie alternative to cooking oil

First, food-grade mineral oil is a petroleum product, so while it may be Generally Regarded As Safe, that doesn't make it healthful to consume. Also, GRAS testing is based on expected consumption ...
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How can I mask or reduce the taste of coconut oil? Perhaps a spice of some sort?

You should try out Centrifugal Virgin Coconut Oil. (This type of coconut oil is extracted from coconut milk, in large centrifuges that rotate at high speed which separates the oil from the coconut ...
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In Indian cooking, what does it mean when a recipe says "until the oil begins to leave the side of the pan"?

It's a visual indicator of when the sauce is dry enough & actually frying rather than boiling, that you can continue on to the next step. If you fry onion puree or tomato puree [paste] etc, ...
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Is it safe to store seasoned oil at room temperature for a week?

Yes, as long as it was made with only smoking hot oil, dried chilies or chili flakes, and dry spices. The “loose-fitting container” is utterly immaterial. I guess you were thinking that that means ...
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Could frying oil seep through food?

In a properly cooked, deep fried item, the internal temperature cannot exceed the boiling point of water (100C or 212F), and we are often looking to cook to a lower temperature than that to avoid over ...
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Infused oil from garlic *peels* - can this be done without making Clostridium growth medium?

The approach you describe is practically a recipe for maximizing one's risk for death by botulism, while at the same time not producing particularly good garlic oil. Garlic peels/skin have very ...
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Why is refined oil cheaper than cold press oil?

Speaking of olive oil (what I know :-), refined oil is cheaper because it's a sub-product of cold pressed oil. After you get your EVOO, in the presses you have what in Italy is called "sansa"...
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Steamed salmon - loss of oil. Oil utility? Can I collect it?

Instead of trying to collect the liquid that comes off the fish when you steam it, you may want to use a cooking method that takes advantage of this. Two techniques that may be useful are ‘en ...
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Steamed salmon - loss of oil. Oil utility? Can I collect it?

What gets out is not pure oil, but a combination of oil and any other liquids contained in the fish, such as cytoplasm. Also, during steaming, the steam condenses on the fish and can drop back down, ...
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Steamed salmon - loss of oil. Oil utility? Can I collect it?

That's indeed the salmon fat, liquifying, and then re-solidifying. It is not useful for any culinary purpose.
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Excess oil when boiling vegetables even though no added oil

I think you are likely mistaking wax for oil. Plants generally have a protective wax layer on their surface, just like humans have sebum on their skin. There are also other nonpolar substances within ...
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How to open a malfunctioning tamper-proof bottle cap?

I had this same problem! And to make matters worse, the pieces where it attaches were so close together that I couldn’t sever them with scissors or a knife. I found a multitool bottle opener (a metal ...
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How to open a malfunctioning tamper-proof bottle cap?

There are three basic ways of opening a bottle when this happens: Break the ring, so the bottle will now open easily. if the ring has multiple parts, you can try to pry the individual bits up with ...
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How to open a malfunctioning tamper-proof bottle cap?

I just encountered this right now while living in a dorm so my options of tools is really lacking😅. But I DID manage to open it by using a small pair of scissors. I just basically did as if I were to ...
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