Cooking Oils 101
Stumped by which oil to use when frying, sautéing, baking, and more? Check out our guide to common cooking oils.
Much ado has been made about the health benefits of flavorful olive oil. Like fine wines, the flavor of quality olive oils depends on the particular olives used and the unique characteristics of their growing region. Extra-virgin olive oil is pressed from whole olives within a day after the harvest and is the highest quality olive oil. Heating olive oil causes it to lose a lot of flavor, so avoid using more expensive extra-virgin olive oil for cooking. Extra-virgin olive oil is better for tossing with roasted vegetables, pasta, et cetera. No matter the variety, be sure to store olive oil in a cool cabinet away from heat and use within 6 months.
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