The Ultimate Guide to Cooking Oils
By: Kayla Brown
An investment in a variety of oils and sauces will go a long way in an organized kitchen. While Swiss Diamond is designed to be used with little to no oils or butters, it is still important to understand that not all oils are considered equal. Many are guilty of simply using olive oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil for the majority of their cooking. However, the truth is that having the proper oils is essential to exceptional home cooking.
Choosing the right oil for each type of cooking is vitally important. For example, frying is done at very high heat, so it requires an oil with a high smoke point. Some oils are best reserved for salad dressings, since they break down at very low temperatures. No matter what type of oil you choose, it is important to clean your cookware thoroughly after each use to prevent an oil build-up. Swiss Diamond recommends the following common oils for most needs:
High-Heat Cooking (Frying and Stir-Frying)
*Never use a nonstick pan on a high heat setting. Instead, heat the pan over medium-high heat until it reaches proper temperature.
Medium-Heat Cooking (Sautéing)
- Light or Refined Olive Oil (Not Extra-Virgin)
- Coconut Oil
Finishing Oils (Salad Dressings, Dips)
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- Hemp Seed
Consider the Temperature
For your cooking needs, consider what temperature you will be using. To do this, you must understand the smoke point of different types of oils. What is a smoke point? The smoke point of oil is the temperature at which the oil begins to break down. Refer to the chart below on smoke points for commonly used oils:
The smoke points for different kinds of oil occur at different temperatures. As a general rule, vegetable oils can take more heat than animal products like butter, and light-colored (more highly refined) oils can take more heat than their darker counterparts.
While Swiss Diamond is engineered to be used with little or no cooking oils, it is still important to understand each type and the purpose they serve. Click here to find a store near you that carries Swiss Diamond. Like this post? Click the link below to find us on Facebook and keep up with Swiss Diamond news and promotions!
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