Various Oil Types - What Works Best for What?
March 1, 2008 1:13am CST
One of my friends always has an argument with me over which oil to use. I tend to cook with soybean oil for everything. Except that sometimes in candies I'll use corn oil. Occasionally I'll use canola oil in baking. And when I make pasta, I use olive oil. When I was going to bake at her house, she said she had oil so I didn't bring any. She had olive oil. We didn't bake. The other night we did stir fry, which I would definitely use soybean oil on personally. She used olive oil and sesame oil. It tasted good so I didn't mind the difference in this case. So what are all these different oil types for? I realize the chemical structures are probably somewhat different and they have different boiling points and all that, but I wasn't sure what is really supposed to be used for what. Or even which is worse for you. My friend seems to think olive oil is okay which is why she wants to cook everything with it. I'm thinking you need some oil in your diet, but none will hurt in moderation.
• United States
1 Mar 08
Olive oil is the basic oil in the western diet for centuries. The oil of choice for baking back then was either lard or butter. Olive oil does have a distictive taste that probably wouldn't work in baking, but I think that's more of a choice. Canola, sunflower, safflower, I guess corn (which might as well be poison to me,) even peanut oils don't have that taste. I really don't think that using any kind of oil to do what you are wanting to do would be wrong, just the awareness that some people can't really taste the difference in olive oil, or maybe because they are used to it. And, yes you do need some oil in your diet.
• United States
8 Sep 08
I mostly use Canola or Corn. I don't get into buying all different kinds and I've read that those two are the best ones to use for any frying your doing so that's what I get. I don't eat any fried foods but Hubby does and I slip a little "better eating" in on him when he isn't looking. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]