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    What kinds of oils do you cook in? I used to cook in olive oil until I learned that it doesn't tolerate high heat. Currently I've been using Safflower oil, but I'm not a fan of the high polyunsaturated fat content. I know coconut oil is a high heat oil, but I don't want everything I cook to taste like Hawaii.

    Any suggestions? Mac nut oil? Avocado oil?

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    Refined coconut oil is ideal; neutral flavor, and can tolerate a very high heat.

    Also, hang onto any of the fat that comes off of cooked beef, lamb, or pork. It can handle tons of heat, but you'll want to save it for dishes where the beefy/porky flavor fits in.
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    • #3
      Butter! I think I have read on the board that all animal fats are the most recommended for cooking with heat. I've also found that one brand of coconut oil I use has NO coconut taste, while the other, as you put it, tastes like "hawaii" so I frequently use the "flavorless" one for cooking savory dishes.

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      • #4
        Question about the oil, because I'm still new to cooking and still determining the difference between a pot and skillet.. JK

        Would you just coat the grill/pan whatever you are using to cook the steak/chicken with coconut oil, -or- would you coat the meat?

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        • #5
          The pan.... o_0

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          • #6
            For high-temperature cooking, I use either refined coconut oil or ghee. You can make your own ghee from any unsalted butter. Lard and tallow also can withstand high temperatures.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by theholla View Post
              For high-temperature cooking, I use either refined coconut oil or ghee. You can make your own ghee from any unsalted butter. Lard and tallow also can withstand high temperatures.
              Salted butter works just as well for making ghee.

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              • #8
                Butter to be used for high-heat cooking should be clarified, or ghee, otherwise the milk proteins will burn. Clarified butter is butter with the proteins skimmed and residual water removed, ghee is clarified butter with the proteins toasted in the fat, which provides a nutty flavor. Refined olive oil ("pure" vs "extra virgin") also tolerates high heat, as can high-quality (low acidity) extra virgin olive oil.

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                • #9
                  I used Coconut Oil and grass fed Beef and Lamb Tallow. Both beef and lamb tallow are very stable and have a higher smoke point than coconut oil and ghee.

                  Being on the subject, I find it interesting that once upon a time fast food joints like McDonald would cook with beef tallow. Whatever happened to the good old days?
                  Last edited by Zed; 11-30-2010, 01:11 PM.

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                  • #10
                    It depends on what I'm cooking.

                    Meat gets lard or tallow.
                    Eggs get coconut oil or butter.
                    Veggies get coconut oil or olive oil.

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                    • #11
                      Diana, why do you only use lard on meats? I was raised to save the grease; nearly anything I put in a skillet uses grease or butter.

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                      • #12
                        If I'm frying a steak or pork, I just prefer to use the fat that came from that animal. I used to use tallow & lard on eggs too, but I've been swapping the animal fats out in favor of coconut oil.

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                        • #13
                          Health or culinary reasons?

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                          • #14
                            what brands of coconut oil are more neutral tasting?

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                            • #15
                              i've used grapeseed oil which is great. i've also heard and read great things about palm oil, but haven't tried it yet.

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