Get Ready to Ditch Olive Oil for this Delicious Alternative
Five avocado oil products that will rock your kitchen.
Whether you love avocados or not, get ready to fall in love with the coolest oil to hit my pantry since olive oil: avocado oil.
I confess I myself am not a big avocado fan, but I've been blown away by the flavor and utility of this oil. When it comes to flavor, the mild taste is more buttery than avocado-y, which means it is terrific in salad dressings. The 500-degree smoke point, the highest of any oil you can buy, makes avocado oil ideal for cooking, especially when high-heat searing meats, stir-frying, and deep frying. Even better, it's rich in healthy fats and is a good source of antioxidants and vitamin E.
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I've been a peanut oil purist for literally decades when it comes to popcorn popping, but lately I am turning as much to avocado oil for my Olivia Pope dinners: the subtle flavor and richness from the oil make any topping other than salt unnecessary. And avocado oil cooking spray has become my new go-to for baking.
There are even "extra-virgin" options with a more intense flavor that swap in for peppery olive oil, and mayo made with avocado oil is a lovely alternative to the traditional, especially for potato or tuna salads.
5 Avocado Oil Products for Right Now
Here are some of the products I have really been enjoying for everything from salad dressings to baking.
Best for Salads: La Tourangelle Avocado Oil
This oil is perfect for lightly dressing a salad with just oil and vinegar. It is mild and clean-tasting, and the metal bottle helps keep it fresh longer.
Buy it: La Tourangelle Avocado Oil ($12.99), amazon.com
Best for Deep Frying: Chosen Avocado Oil
I use Chosen for deep frying because it's a good value for a large two-liter bottle. If I'm careful about straining and storing, I can get at least three to four fries out of a batch.
Buy it: Chosen 100% Avocado Oil 2L ($33.99), amazon.com
For Bigger Flavor: Nutiva Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
When flavor's what I'm after, I swap out extra-virgin olive oil for this Nutiva extra-virgin avocado oil. It is great as a finishing oil as well.
Buy it: Nutiva Extra-Virgin Avocado Oil ($19.99), amazon.com
For Sandwiches and Beyond: Primal Foods Avocado Oil Mayo
I've really enjoyed this avocado mayonnaise from Primal Foods, both for basic sandwich spread or as an ingredient in salad dressings or even a mayonnaise cake!
Buy it: Primal Foods Avocado Oil Mayo ($24.93), amazon.com
For Baking: Pam Avocado Oil Spray
It's no surprise that kitchen standby Pam brand has come out with a new non-GMO Avocado oil cooking spray in both aerosol and pump versions, and these are a great way to go for your baking spray game.
Buy it: Pam Avocado Oil Spray (from $8.99), amazon.com