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You May Need An Oil Change In The Kitchen
Oils for cooking are a good source of mono and polyunsaturated fats, but the question is, which oils are for what? All in all it is best to use them sparingly because one tablespoon contains about 120 calories and 14 grams of fat.
The following information will help when cooking to make sure you are using the proper oil.
This oil is derived form the first pressing of the olive that have been picked the same day. It has a strong olive flavor and peppery finish.
Uses - Salad dressing and as a condiment. If cooked with food at a high temperature it will give off an unpleasant taste.
Pure Olive Oil
This oil comes from subsequent olive pressings. It also goes through a filtering and refining process.
Uses - This oil can be used in low to medium cooking temperatues. It is also very tasty for use in salad dressings.
Corn oil is made from the germ of the corn kernel. It is basically a tasteless oil
Uses - Corn oil is perfect for frying becuae it has a high smoke point and adds no flavor of its own to whatever food you are cooking. It is also good for sauteing any type of food.
This oil comes form the canola seed and carries a mild flavor. It is rich in omega-3 oils and las less saturated fat then all other oils.
Uses - The is my favorite oil for cooking because is for all purpose use. It can be used for frying, cooking without the high temperature frying and also it is excellent when used in baking.
This oil contains omega-3s and vitamin E. Of course it has a strong walnut flavor, so only a small amount is needed.
Uses - I love this oil when making my own dressing for spinach salad. Just use 1 part oil to 2 parts apple cider vinegar for the dressing. Walnut oil can also be drizzled on cooked vegetables. The price is high, so please refrigerate to yield a longer shelf life.
This oil is has a mild nutty flavor and also has the highest concentration of omega -3 fatty acids of any nonfish food.
Uses - I would suggest only using this for uses in homemade salad dressings and for drizzling on top of vegetables because the heathe value of the omega 3 oils will not be lost.
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