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What Kind of Oil Do You Cook With?

One topic that most of the chefs covered at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival was cooking oil. It seems that everyone has a preference for what type to use. Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, and Claire Robinson cook with canola oil and save olive oil for finishing sauces and vinaigrettes. Rachael Ray and Anne Burrell disagree and always cook with extra-virgin olive oil. What kind of oil do you like?

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amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
It only becomes rancid if you have the heat too high. There is something great about a piece of cod poached in olive oil. If you use it in delicate cooking it's wonderful. If you cook with it nice and slow on a medium low heat the warmth intensifies the fruity flavor of the oil.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Canola and vegetable oil for baking, olive oil for most other cooking, and high quality extra virgin olive oil for salad dressings.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
I use canola and extra virgin olive oil, depending on the dish. I also keep a jar of bacon fat. My cast iron skillet loves it, and nothing is better than bacon fat when you're searing a steak.
msdecember msdecember 7 years
i will switch between canola and evoo... depending upon the dish.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 7 years
I cook with canola oil and use extra virgin olive oil in vinaigrettes and for finishing touches.
doogirl doogirl 7 years
I hate the taste of olive oil, hate it! I use grapeseed oil and avocado oil, neither were a choice by the way! Both have a neutral flavor, and a high smoke point. I don't make vinegrette salad dressings, so I don't need the olive oil flavor.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Abby, Fork yes! I cringe every time that it is used.
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 7 years
Does anyone else find the acronym EVOO obnoxious?
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I use regular olive oil the most but it depends, sometimes EVOO and if it is an Asian dish, usually some sesame oil as well.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Mostly EVOO. I use peanut oil for frying though.
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 7 years
Extra Virgin Olive Oil as well as Canola on occasion.
courtneyd courtneyd 7 years
It depends. I keep EVOO at close reach, so usually when I'm doing a quick saute of something, that's what I use. Peanut oil is used for any frying, and if I need a higher smoke point than the EVOO I use canola. Like Chief, I keep a jar of bacon fat around too!
AlexisSF AlexisSF 7 years
extra virgin olive oil — always.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
:rotfl: Pork oil always counts, Chief!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years with bacon fat does not count any more?
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
It really depends on what I am whipping up. For everyday cooking, I usually opt for the lighter tasting regular olive oil. I tend to reserve the extra virgin olive oils for sauces, vinaigrettes, hummus, and other concoctions where the extra flavor really makes a difference in the dish. For the most neutral flavor, I'll grab the canola oil.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
i use evoo veg and voo
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