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    Oils used for frying?

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    I know olive oil is not to be used for frying/stir frying and coconut oil and lard sometimes impart too much of a distinct taste into food, so what other oils are ok (but perhaps not ideal) to use for stir-fry?

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    I have to say I love the taste coconut oil brings to fried food. I also use butter but I'm not sure it would stand the heat of a stir fry.
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    I learned from Julia Child that you can cook at high heat in butter as long as you add a little bit of a more stable oil to it. I tried it with some chicken. I used mostly butter with a little dollop of coconut oil, and the butter didn't smoke and there wasn't enough coconut oil to leave a coconut flavor behind.

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    From this list at Wikipedia: Smoke point - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia , it looks like refined coconut oil, refined avocado oil, and ghee all have smoke points over 450F which should let you fry without problem.

    I've never used refined avocado oil, but unrefined does impart some flavor.

    ETA a more extensive smoke point list: http://www.clovegarden.com/ingred/oilchart.html
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    refined coconut oil has no flavor or smell, i use it a lot for frying
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    Avocado oil!! Good idea! Thanks!

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    Sweet! I finally get some valid input before it's been said... Macadamia Nut Oil. Smoke point of 500 degrees (413 degrees according to one source)

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    Beef dripping and goose fat are my favourites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodorchid View Post
    refined coconut oil has no flavor or smell, i use it a lot for frying
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    When Tropical Traditions has a free shipping sale (every couple weeks?), buy a 5-gallon bucket like I did. You'll be frying the crap out of everything for the rest of your life for like $135. Plus, carrying the bucket counts as "lift heavy things."

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    You'll be frying the crap out of everything for the rest of your life for like $135. Plus, carrying the bucket counts as "lift heavy things."
    Would that be the Frymal Blueprint? (Insert groan here.)
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