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Jonathan Silverman
07-14-2010, 04:19 PM
Hey,

Is olive oil good to cook with, or is there a better oil to put on the frying pan?

Tyler Micheli
07-14-2010, 06:13 PM
It depends on the temperature. Olive oil should be fine if it's not smoking or close to smoking (same rule for all oils).

Personally, I don't cook with olive oil, just use gallons of the stuff on salads and in shot glasses. Most of my cooking is with grassfed butter, and with pork fat or beef tallow when I can. For high heat cooking clarified butter is top notch. Coconut oil can be good for stir-fry mixups, but I get tired of the coconuty taste if it doesn't blend under the flavor of the dish/spices. Red palm oil (not palm kernel) is another wonderful oil for more exotic cooking or eating with a spoon. Along with avocado and coconut milk, I rotate through those fats on a random basis to keep happiness a'flowin.

Specifically for a frying pan, I'd use the more saturated animal fats or clarified butter, as they're stable at much higher heats than the mainly monounsaturated oils like olive oil. Coconut and red palm are saturated and stable at high heat too, but their flavors keep them from normal frying duty in my kitchen.

Chris Butler
07-14-2010, 07:44 PM
+1 on the animal fats for cooking.

I make my own tallow from free range beef fat. I also render bear fat in the fall for cooking. My other fat of choice is unrefined coconut oil.

Tyler Micheli
07-14-2010, 08:35 PM
Rendered bear fat? That's legit!

John Alston
07-15-2010, 01:28 PM
Duck fat. Liquid heaven.

Chris Butler
07-16-2010, 12:58 AM
Rendered bear fat? That's legit!And very good!

Duck fat. Liquid heaven.Indeed!

sarena kopciel
10-13-2010, 07:14 PM
Red palm fruit oil is great with meat or veggies!!