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    Right now in my pantry I have extra virgin olive oil and extra virgin coconut oil. My wife does not like to use coconut oil for two reasons. First one it's hard to get out of the jar because it's not in liquid form and she feels it makes the food too greasy. I have heard you should not cook with olive oil because it becomes too unstable and breaks down at high temperatures.

    My wife and I do a 50/50 split on the cooking. It's hard sometimes because I'm all for Primal/Paleo but she is more conventional and always tells me "you could just eat grains and everything else in moderation".

    So I'm looking for an oil I can cook the majority of my food with. Also can I use butter in the majority of my cooking as well?

    Just looking for some good advice. Thank you.

  • #2
    I would use ghee for cooking; I read on Sarah Wilson's site (Sarah Wilson - this blog makes life better, sweeter.) that macadamia oil is also fine for cooking. Other sites say sesame oil, just use one that you like the flavour of too. Butter is also okay, but ghee is my top pick. If you are doing quick cooking/sauteeing at a lower temperature, then a little olive oil would be ok. Others may suggest duck/goose fat for baking veggies in oven. Not sure about coconut oil just yet, opinions vary - even though taste can be quite nice; if your ancestors lived in the tropics, then maybe yes.......Would still stick with ghee most of the time. It's easy to make your own ghee at home too; I love the smell and flavour of ghee and it's not too costly.

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    • #3
      Coconut oil can do everything. You can use it on your skin, your hair, grease your pans, sautee things, season your cast iron, deep fry (if it's refined), oil pull for your dental health, substitute it for WD-40, put it in coffee or tea, eat it off a spoon, and gauge whether the temperature is above or below 76F. I buy it by the gallon.
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      • #4
        When home, I use only coconut oil, butter or bacon grease. I'll use lard when I can find a decent source. Maybe try using a smaller amount of the coconut oil, a little goes a long way.

        Although, I do love using it to fry chicken thighs with some garlic, salt and pepper. Nice crispy skin. Nom nom nom.
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        • #5
          Well, I guess just telling you to convince her to use coconut oil isn't going to work. The factors you mentioned turn me off using it sometimes and also, the taste of the coconut oil (if you are not using over processed stuff) is just wrong with some meats and veg.

          I have heard of the general rule of using olive oil in the oven, not on the stove top, to avoid using EVO at too high temps, and I try adhere to that. But maybe you need to actually look at the temperature at which it breaks down (I think it is in the book) and compare it to the temperatures she probably uses for the recipes she cooks. Maybe most of the times she isn't cooking at high enough temps for it to matter and you don't want to alienate her from your lifestyle.

          I agree with above, bacon fat and other saved grease are tasty and awesome.

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          • #6
            Lard or beef dripping. Tastes superb, fries really well and has a high smoke point. And if you have a good butcher, he may well give you pork or beef fat free which you can render down into lard yourself.

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            • #7
              Lard or ghee-they seem to have the highest smoke point with a very mild flavor so they can work for just about everything. I have recently started using duck and goose fat and really like the flavor they add.
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              • #8
                Tallow is the best by far. The cheapest, too. Make it yourself for almost free.
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                • #9
                  I think olive oil is good for a healthy and tasty cooking of food.

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                  • #10
                    Liza, olive oil is not good for cooking unless it is at a VERY low temperature. High heat damages it, making it unhealthy to consume. It's best used right out of the bottle without any heat.
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                    • #11
                      Doing better on raw vegan/plant diet, ie the 'Rawsome Diet'.

                      I have not been here for a while, as the animal proteins and fats affected me badly - liver, pancreas and bowels I think, ie cystisis/bladder infections twice within two months, gums bleeding and swollen gums on lower teeth, hair became dryer, painful scalp, more fatigue, sluggish elimination and constipation, more moody/grumpy, more headaches/migraine.
                      For now folks on this wonderful site, am having a go at raw vegan after obtaining a second book by the well known Dr Norman W. Walker, 'Vegetarian Guide to Diet and Salads'. One of his other books, 'Colon Health' was also excellent. I also have some books from Tonya (Raw Food Diet - Health and Natural Beauty). for now, I start the day with juice of one lemon around 6am, a fresh raw veggie juice about 7am, another fresh veg juice about 11:00am with some soaked nuts such as almonds, brazils, hazelnut, walnut, pecan. I may add fresh coconut soon. Around 3pm, I eat fresh fruit, then make a green smoothie - fruit blended with green leafy veg such as baby spinach or kale / sea vegetables ie wakame or arame, a smaller veggie juice (more celery and cucumber, with maybe a little apple and carrot) around 5:30pm. If I am away from home, I just take fruits/veg/salad - today I am out and have some fresh live sprouted mung bean sprouts with me in my lunch salad. I have more energy now, can focus well in the mornings especially, elimination is improving, sleep is getting better and deeper, mood is better, headaches are less, bleeding gums have stopped, my hair on scalp is getting fuller and softer, facial skin is softer, the night sweats have mostly disappeared (were getting worse with each year for several years; these sweats started when I was in my twenties so is not just due to menopause or hormonal issues). I get enough fat by eating olives, avocados, soaked nuts, and naturally occuring fats in fruit/veggies/sea veg. I don't need extra cholesterol as my body makes all that it needs already. I don't miss dairy or ghee at all - my liver and pancreas are happy to I am sure, and love it that I don't need to cook or wash up greasy pans or buy/cut up meats etc (well, this is how I feel now - I'm sure you will wish me the best as I move forward) saving on energy/utility bills. I am patient and continue to research on nutrition by reading, and know that as the months go by, my other issues and weight will normalise and improve. I hope to continue to still check in from time to time with this site as learning from others and Mark is good too. Best regards.

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                      • #12
                        Moderation may be, just maybe, works for some people (we are all different), but if you had problems with your weight or health, then its not for you.

                        Re coconut oil: I leave it in the sun for a while or in winter put besides a pot of hot soup, soon it becomes liquid and I pour it into an easy accessible box and use from there.

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                        • #13
                          With my coconut oil... I put it in a warm place until it turns to liquid then I pour it into ice cube trays, wait until turns back to solid and pop the little coconut cubes out and store back in original tub. Loads easier to use rather than trying to scoop some out when one solid lump

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                          • #14
                            Here are two lists of smoke points for various oils. Depending on the type of cooking you do, there should be one that you can use as an all around oil. What makes it a little tough when switching to primal is that a lot of us used to just keep a bottle of some veggie oil around, and veggie oils have high smoke points so we could use just the one for everything. Anyway, keep plugging away. This was one thing I found very difficult, so now between the bacon grease, butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, and rendering beef tallow, I've got something that will work. I haven't found a good source of lard yet, but that will be added to my collection. Also, virgin olive oil has a smoke point of 420 degF which is pretty in line with a lot of non-primal veggie oils, and extra virgin has a smoke point of 406 degF.

                            Cooking Oil Smoke Points
                            Smoke point - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by aussielady954 View Post
                              I have not been here for a while, as the animal proteins and fats affected me badly - liver, pancreas and bowels I think, ie cystisis/bladder infections twice within two months, gums bleeding and swollen gums on lower teeth, hair became dryer, painful scalp, more fatigue, sluggish elimination and constipation, more moody/grumpy, more headaches/migraine.
                              For now folks on this wonderful site, am having a go at raw vegan after obtaining a second book by the well known Dr Norman W. Walker, 'Vegetarian Guide to Diet and Salads'. One of his other books, 'Colon Health' was also excellent. I also have some books from Tonya (Raw Food Diet - Health and Natural Beauty). for now, I start the day with juice of one lemon around 6am, a fresh raw veggie juice about 7am, another fresh veg juice about 11:00am with some soaked nuts such as almonds, brazils, hazelnut, walnut, pecan. I may add fresh coconut soon. Around 3pm, I eat fresh fruit, then make a green smoothie - fruit blended with green leafy veg such as baby spinach or kale / sea vegetables ie wakame or arame, a smaller veggie juice (more celery and cucumber, with maybe a little apple and carrot) around 5:30pm. If I am away from home, I just take fruits/veg/salad - today I am out and have some fresh live sprouted mung bean sprouts with me in my lunch salad. I have more energy now, can focus well in the mornings especially, elimination is improving, sleep is getting better and deeper, mood is better, headaches are less, bleeding gums have stopped, my hair on scalp is getting fuller and softer, facial skin is softer, the night sweats have mostly disappeared (were getting worse with each year for several years; these sweats started when I was in my twenties so is not just due to menopause or hormonal issues). I get enough fat by eating olives, avocados, soaked nuts, and naturally occuring fats in fruit/veggies/sea veg. I don't need extra cholesterol as my body makes all that it needs already. I don't miss dairy or ghee at all - my liver and pancreas are happy to I am sure, and love it that I don't need to cook or wash up greasy pans or buy/cut up meats etc (well, this is how I feel now - I'm sure you will wish me the best as I move forward) saving on energy/utility bills. I am patient and continue to research on nutrition by reading, and know that as the months go by, my other issues and weight will normalise and improve. I hope to continue to still check in from time to time with this site as learning from others and Mark is good too. Best regards.
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