Kitchens 1x1: Oils
Coconut oil, olive oil, peanut oil – these are just a few of the infinite variety of vegetable oils. Oils are made from a variety of fruits and seeds. Here is an introduction to five important varieties of "liquid gold” – with information on which oil is best for which purpose.
Refined - or rather cold pressed?
Vegetable oils can be native and refined oils. Native edible oils are extracted gently, strictly by pressing, and without heat. This is also known as cold pressing, and it retains more heat-sensitive vitamins and unsaturated fatty acids. In refined oils, texture and plant remains are removed from the oil by a chemical process. This makes the oil more heat-resistant and makes it last longer, but it loses some of its culinary value. While refined oils are neutral in taste and therefore more universally applicable, the cold-pressed oils retain an intensive, strong taste of the respective fruit.
Olive oil - Mediterranean classic
For thousands of years people worship the olive tree, and in ancient times, olive oil was even said to have miraculous medicinal properties. Virgin olive oil not only tastes excellent, it also provides plenty of vitamins and phytochemicals. Due to its range of flavors, from fruity-mild to bitter, olive oil provides an intense taste experience, especially with cold dishes and salads.
Pumpkin Seed Oil - Refine with tart nuance
Pumpkin seed oil is made from the roasted seeds of pumpkins. It is characterized by a dark green color and an aromatic, slightly tart taste. Since pumpkin seed oil should not be heated much, it is especially suitable as a salad oil or to refine spicy and sweet dishes.
Coconut oil - frying, baking or creaming
Whether in the kitchen or in cosmetics, coconut oil is trending. This long-lasting oil can be heated up to 400 degrees F., and it is perfect for frying or baking due to its neutral taste. Coconut oil is also used in cosmetics because of its fragrance and moisturizing ingredients that can tighten and revitalize the skin.
Grapeseed oil - for aromatic salad dressings
If you look at the size of grape seeds, you can see that a bottle of oil will need a lot of grape seeds to produce. This is why native grapeseed oil is one of the most expensive edible oils. But it contains a concentrated load of healthy ingredients and an enticing fruity aroma.
Peanut oil - for an Asian note
Peanut oil has a high boiling point and is a healthy ingredient for a variety of recipes. In Asian cuisine, peanut oil is widely used in wok dishes and fried fish and other seafood. Because of its intense nutty aroma, it can be combined with ingredients such as honey for a delicious salad dressing.
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