So many cooking oils, so little time…
When it comes to cooking with oil, not all oils will do the same job. Just like people, they have strengths and weaknesses. To get the best out of your oil you need to let it do what it does best!
If you’re puzzling over what cooking oil is healthiest, it all depends on what you are using it for. For example, extra virgin olive oil only becomes unhealthy when heated to high temperatures. So here’s the low down on cooking with oil…
1. VEGETABLE OIL
This is probably the most versatile of the oil family. Use it in baking, frying and anything when you don’t want to add flavour to the dish.
2. SUNFLOWER OIL
This oil is often used as a substitute for butter and lard in many recipes. It’s a great all-rounder to have in the cupboard.
3. REGULAR OLIVE OIL
Regular or light olive oil has a super high smoke point so is ideal for when you are cooking at a very high temperature.
4. EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
This is your best friend when it comes to dressings. Strong flavour and rich texture makes it perfect to use for salads and drizzled onto bruschetta. Avoid frying with this. As we said before, when heated to high temperatures, it can be bad for you!
5. COCONUT OIL
Here’s a bit of a favourite with James. He insists on using coconut oil when cooking curries but I suspect he might also use it for beard upkeep…
6. TRUFFLE OIL
Here’s one for Risotto or potentially posh scrambled eggs. Top tip: if you buy truffle oil you do actually have to use it. If you add old truffle oil to a meal you’ve spent ages making and it’s gone off, it will taste DISGUSTING.
7. AVOCADO OIL
I know what you’re thinking. Here’s another avocado product we’re going to have to get on board with… To a certain extent you’re right but the reason avocado is so popular is because it’s SO TASTY. Also, out of all of the oils, it has the highest smoke point so it can pretty much be used for anything.
8. SESAME OIL
This is Hannah’s favourite oil. Apparently, it tastes AMAZING when using it to cook her courgetti stir fry. The sesame flavour is used most in Japanese cooking and just makes everything taste better!
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