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Beyond Olive Oil: Grapeseed or Grape Seed Oil is Healthy for Frying Foods

Updated on July 19, 2014

About Grapeseed Oil

Grape seed oil (also written as grapeseed) is produced by pressing the seeds of grapes, and is usually considered a by-product of wine making. However, this oil is very nutritious, containing many micronutrients, pyhtonutrients, and antioxidants, particularly resveratrol (since grape seeds are not used in wine, the resveratrol in the grape seeds is recovered in the oil). With a smoke point of around 420 ° F, grapeseed oil is an excellent choice for frying, particularly for its delicate, nutty flavour when heated. This oil may also be used in other applications, and is sometimes chosen for massage oil or cosmetics. Grapeseed oil keeps well at room temperature and needs no special storage, other than keeping it away from light and heat, as with most oils.

How to Choose Grapeseed Oil

I always look for a vibrant green colour when choosing this oil, as I find that the colour is an indication of how strong the flavour of the oil is, and I like intensely-flavoured food.

Grapes and Grape Seeds
Grapes and Grape Seeds

Use

Grapeseed oil has a delicate flavour and therefore is perfect for making light-tasting salad dressings. In addition, it may be used for pan frying or deep frying, as long as the cooking temperature does not exceed 420 degrees F. Grapeseed oil is also excellent for baking, especially savoury dishes such as savoury cheesecakes, French toast, or pâtés or terrines that require extra oil. It is also a wonderful replacement for olive oil in marinades, especially in lighter dishes such as chicken or fish. Used to preserve lemons or oranges, it adds zest to salad dressings.

Grapeseed oil can replace any vegetable oil for baking: olive oil, canola oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, or corn oil. It adds a delicate taste to lightly-flavoured cakes and pastries, and is excellent as a replacement for olive oil in Mediterranean dishes such as hummus or baba ghanoush, if the taste of olive oil is too strong for your taste. And my favourite way of using grapeseed oil is to make popcorn -- the taste of popcorn made with grape seed oil and rosemary is out of this world!

The next time you need oil, consider replacing your plain vegetable oil, corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, or corn oil with this delicious and healthy alternative to your other oils. By expanding your oil alternatives with not only grapeseed oil, but other oils such as walnut oil, avocado oil, and hazelnut oil, you will be improving your family's nutrition and health, and expanding the flavour layers of your cooking!

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