Is it time for an oil change? Perhaps, if you’ve been using the wrong cooking oil for the cooking task at hand. Different cooking oils have different smoke points and flavors, so there is no one-size-fits-all cooking oil for the kitchen. Using the right oil for the task will make a world of difference in the flavor of the end food product.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Uses and Flavor
Extra virgin olive oil (E.V.O.O.) has a low smoke point and is only good for cooking food on low heat. If E.V.O.O. gets too hot in the pan, it will give food an unpleasant flavor. E.V.O.O. is perfect for use in salad dressing recipes or as a condiment.
Extra virgin olive oil is produced from the first pressing of olives that have been picked the same day. E.V.O.O. has a strong olive flavor with a peppery finish.
Pure/Regular Olive Oil Uses and Flavor
Pure or regular olive oil has a slightly higher smoke point than E.V.O.O. and can be used for sautéing foods on low to medium heat. Regular olive oil is good for straight out of the bottle use in salad dressing recipes or as a condiment.
Pure or regular olive oil is made from the subsequent pressings of the olives and has a milder olive flavor than E.V.O.O.
Canola Oil Uses and Flavors
Canola oil has a high smoke point and is good for all cooking needs. Use canola oil for frying or baking. The mild flavored canola oil will enhance the flavor of baked goods.
Canola oil is made of the oil pressed from canola seeds. Canola oil is rich in omega-3s, contains the least amount of saturated fat of any cooking oil, and the oil has a very mild flavor.
Corn Oil Uses and Flavor
The favorite use for corn oil is frying, since it has a very high smoke point and is virtually tasteless. Corn oil can also be used for sautéing foods and will add not flavor to cooked foods. Canola oil is made from the germ of corn kernels.
Flaxseed Oil Uses and Flavors
Heating flaxseed oil destroys it’s omega-3s, and since flaxseed oil has the highest concentration of omega-3 fatty acids of any non-fish food, you don’t want to destroy them. Use nutty-flavored flaxseed oil in salad dressing recipes or to top vegetables for added flavor and health benefits.
Walnut Oil Uses and Flavor
Walnut oil can not be used for cooking, but adds flavor and nutrients to salad dressings and when drizzled on vegetables after cooking. Walnut oil has a distinct walnut flavor, contains omega-3s and vitamin E, a little bit goes a long way. Walnut oil is expensive and needs to be kept refrigerated.