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    Avocado oil has a high smoke point and a very mild flavor.
    I also use olive oil occasionally.

    Peanut oil is often used in stir-frying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ApatheticNoMore View Post
    What is peanut oil used for?
    It has a higher smoke point than the nice olive oil I keep around, and doesn't taste like olives. So I use it for a lot of stir-fry-type cooking.

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    Tend to use avocado oil more because of no/or/mild taste and high smoke point, occasionally EVOO too.

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    I use olive oil for almost everything. Seems like about 10 years ago, I needed some oil for fried chicken and only had vegetable oil. Had a fried chicken place by my old house, so it was just as easy to get it there, and if I went towards close, I could often get a deal on some of what was left, that I would break up and use in different recipes.

    Used to buy peanut oil for the late bosses deep fryer outside. Everything from fish fry's, onion rings, fries, etc..... to deep fried turkey. I always wanted to try the turkey, but a peanut allergy made me decide to avoid those things.

    Still want to get some of that oil for vinegar and oil on cold sandwiches.

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    Thinking back to Chinese cookery instruction, Canola oil has a high smoke point. Olive oil is low. I know nothing about avocado oil.

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    Thanks, Razz. That was helpful. We tried using olive oil for everything (I love the stuff), but I guess it's the low smoke point that makes it problematic for some cooking applications. There is a bewildering array of cooking oils at the store, so now I have a short list of the oils that do well in high temperatures and are also supposed to be healthy.

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    What I don't like about the olive oil is that it can't be refrigerated. I've made a couple dressings with it, put in the fridge and ended up with a gloppy mess. I know I can set it out and let it un-gel, but I usually don't want to wait that long - lol.
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    We use olive oil and canola oil regularly. We also occasionally use sesame oil.

    DH fries and sautées almost 100% of the time, so he uses a lot of canola oil. I try to get away with olive oil but I know that it's not the best for sautéing.

    Interesting how environment shaped our cooking practices: his mother and father cooked on the stove a LOT: constantly deep frying things like potatoes and fish. OTOH, my mother was a "baking" mom--she even baked french fries. In my childhood I never once had fried chicken made by my mother. She would broil it. So to me excess frying seems very unhealthy, but he's the cook for the most part (and his meals are pretty tasty!)

    So, I'm with Jane with regard to trying to avoid the industrial seed oils, and all this conflicting evidence about what's a "good" fat to cook with vs bad is very mind-boggling. Here's an article from a Paleo site. I'm not paleo, but I think this gives good background on the short history of the industrial seed oils and why they are potentially bad for you:

    https://paleoleap.com/whats-wrong-industrial-oils/

    I might give coconut oil a shot.
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    Thanks, catherine! That was quite an eye-opener for me. I think I will be using up my canola oil and moving on to something else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happystuff View Post
    Thanks, catherine! That was quite an eye-opener for me. I think I will be using up my canola oil and moving on to something else.
    I think the history part of that article is solid enough, but I am on the fence about the actual impact of these oils on health. Still reading. I don't think there's clear consensus from the medical community other than that oils tied to transfats are bad. But because I'm skeptical of any food development over the last century or so that was "invented" by industry, I'm playing it safe and limiting the industrial seed oils in my diet.
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