5 BEST TIPS FOR USING COOKING OIL
Oil is the most adaptable food ingredient which can be used in almost every kitchen. Most recipes need cooking oil as a base. Below are some cooking oil tips that can improve the quality of your dishes.
USE DIFFERENT OILS FOR DIFFERENT DISHES
Use the right oil for your recipes. Using the same oil in every recipe will result in your dishes not turning out as tasty as possible. When baking, use cold-pressed oil. You cannot use cold-pressed oil for frying because this type of oil becomes harmful when exposed to heat. Use palm oil or peanut oil instead for frying - these oils can bear high temperatures up to 450°F. Use coconut oil for roasting. Every oil has its own temperature tolerance power.
LESS IS MORE
Use less oil while cooking food because the excessive use of oil may lead to heart health risks. People often have a misconception that using more oil results in better tasting dishes. Generally, 100 to 150 calories are present in a tablespoon of oil so use only a small spoon of oil to enhance the taste of your dish.
STORAGE IS IMPORTANT
Cooking oil should always be stores in a cool place to avoid your oil from going bad. You can even store your oil in the refrigerator. It may appear foamy if you do so, which may make you question whether using the foamy oil is safe or not. However, when you take the refrigerated oil out and it reaches room temperature, it becomes normal without any foam within a few minutes. It will still be good for consumption and still have a good taste.
Effective storage and refrigeration can maintain oil quality. When you use oil for frying, you don't have to throw out the leftover oil. You can reuse it by properly storing it. Keep your leftover oil in a bowl after passing it through a strainer and then letting it cool down. As long as the oil has a high smoke point like Canola, you can re-use the oil for frying. Just be sure not to re-use the same oil too many times.
OIL SPRAYS ARE YOUR FRIEND
Using oil spray while cooking foods is good for heart health. Usually a little bit of the spray will go a long way so you end up using less oil overall and consuming less calories. Oil spray is readily available in common grocery stores.
As a general rule, always put your food in oil gently from the corners of the hot pan. If heated oil splashes on your skin, it may cause serious injury to your skin so be sure to handle heated oil carefully. Also, always keep children away from hot oil.