November 10, 2009 at 3:08 am #250421
I try to use EV Olive Oil, but I was reading somewhere you can cook with copha or lard and it’s healthy and you can strain and reuse? What’s the best health value for money with cooking oils?
Ideally I’d love to cook with coconut oil, but I don’t know where to get it in bulk and I’m pretty sure it ain’t cheap.November 10, 2009 at 3:19 am #442587
olive oil is the go but for cooking you dont need extra virgin bit of a waste…keep it for salads ectNovember 10, 2009 at 3:24 am #442588
I buy 1Lt Coconut Oil for $7.00 from an Indian grocery store in Dandenong. The brand is VVD Gold, imported by Aarthi Spices. I especially love cooking popcorn with it. I also cook with Allowrie Ghee, approx $10/Kg, and olive oil. Copha is hydrogenated coconut oil, so I don’t use it.
Here’s some interesting reading on fats: http://www.westonaprice.org/knowyourfats/index.htmlNovember 10, 2009 at 3:37 am #442589
I use extra light olive oil for everything. From baking to frying to roasting to salad dressings. I don’t like the taste of extra virgin olive oil.November 10, 2009 at 4:04 am #442590
After trial and error I now use cold pressed organic Australian sunflower oil from the local health food store. Not cheap by any means , but as I use butter most of the time it works well.
With butter I use half the butter I normally would and add a dash of water to make up volume and prevent food from burning, I get the taste without the fatty aftertaste.
Lizzy 😀November 10, 2009 at 4:16 am #442591
Olive oil is definitely one of the healthier oils. Many say the healthiest.
I would do a check on coconut oil as I’m sure I heard something on the radio not long ago and the health aspect wasn’t good. I could be wrong.
Ghee is very high in saturated fats, it is like condensed butter; so butter would be better from a health point of view.
Lard is rendered animal fat. So you can save it yourself from the juices of cooked meat.
Most oils and fats can be strained and used again.
I use olive oil for general cooking, and sunflower oil for deep frying. The olive oil we use is produced locally.
Hope this helps
cheersNovember 10, 2009 at 5:38 am #442592
I use rice bran oil, as a healthy oil for stir frying and to soften my butter.
Olive oil is used for everything else but it has too low a burn point to stir fry with and I don’t like the flavour in my butter!
It’s generally available in stupid markets, but I buy mine from the asian grocey for much cheaperNovember 10, 2009 at 5:48 am #442593
As Nex said Olive oil is not good for high heat cooking. We use it for all Cooking except high heat. We use a lot less oil for cooking now then we did 12 months ago, probably 50% less.November 10, 2009 at 7:12 am #442594
I render pork fat and use the lard, also EV coconut oil, and local olive oil or butter.
If you read books like Nourishing TRaditions or follow a Weston A Price type of diet, you will find that these are all healthy choices :tup:November 10, 2009 at 8:43 am #442595
My daughter and her husband have a seafood shop down on the G Coast and they use Rice Bran oil because of its high heat and it doesn’t bubble up (I can’t remember the correct terminology). The other thing is they change it several times a week.November 10, 2009 at 8:58 am #442596
We use olive oil for spaghetti, curry, stir-fry etc. For deep frying we use peanut oil, it has a high smoke point and is cheap too.November 10, 2009 at 9:00 am #442597
My daughter and her husband have a seafood shop down on the G Coast and they use Rice Bran oil because of its high heat and it doesn’t bubble up (I can’t remember the correct terminology). The other thing is they change it several times a week.
I think Rice Bran oil also has a high smoke point.
Edited for LinkNovember 10, 2009 at 9:36 am #442598
[Ideally I’d love to cook with coconut oil, but I don’t know where to get it in bulk and I’m pretty sure it ain’t cheap.]
I just thought I would mention that, if you look on the ingredients list Copha is mostly made of Coconut Oil with a bit of added soy bean. So perhaps Copha could be a cheap option???:shrug:November 10, 2009 at 10:02 am #442599
i buy 4 litres of coconut oil at about $72. it lasts perhaps 3 months and i use it almost every day 🙂 you can also get 20lt drums of it. it’s called aclara health frysafe oil. My organic store gets it in for me.November 10, 2009 at 10:47 am #442600
Ghee is great, buy in bulk from an Indian grocer or smaller tins from the supermarket. Make sure there are no added chemical antioxidants. Ghee has a high smake point and works on a barbecue and for other frying. Very little taste. :tup:
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