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What to do with macadamia oil

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I was given a bottle of this for christmas, I have no idea what to do with. Has anyone used it before and for what?


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  1. Macadamia oil has become very popular in Modern Australian cuisine. It is an excellent frying oil due to its high heat capacity, and is great in salad dressings. Several properties of macadamia oil are particularly important for use as an edible oil:

    * It contains up to 85% monounsaturated fats,
    * has an unrefrigerated shelf life of one to two years, and
    * a smoke point of 410°F.

    1. YES! I love a dash of it in homemade hummus w/lemon. Also, as a light dressing with rice wine vinegar for a salad I like to make with pink grapefruit segments, lentil sprouts, dried apricot, candided ginger, greens, etc.

      Love macadamia nut oil! Try in any kind of mash/puree/mousseline. Mmm, parsnip puree, for example! Or just mashed potatoes. Experiment in any dish you'd use oil or nuts!

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      1. re: globalgourmand

        Globalgourmand, thanks - I will try it in those applications. Cherylptw, . I read those paragraphs on Wikipedia.

        1. re: LisaN

          Yep; that's where I got it (lol)

      2. as globalgourmand suggested, it's terrific in salad dressing...and i love the hummus idea!

        it's also great for baking - use it an any quick bread, cake or cookie recipe where you want that nutty flavor. it works particularly well with citrus flavors, white chocolate, coconut...it's an ideal replacement for the oil/fat in a tropical granola recipe.

        1. Isn't it hideously expensive? Macadamias are the costliest nuts out there.

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          1. re: Sharuf

            BIL brought some back from his vacation in Hawaii and gave it to everyone for Christmas -- so I doubt it was very expensive. However, maybe quality varies...?

            I'm reading these suggestions with interest.

            1. re: Glencora

              Look for the Oils of Aloha website; they have it both plain and flavored. My favorite is the hot chile version, I think called Pele's Fire - best hot oil I've ever tried. Great to brush on chicken before roasting or grilling.

              1. re: Will Owen

                I know you weren't responding to me specifically -- but thanks! That's the brand I have; both the chile and the garlic versions. Grilling is a great idea.

                1. re: Glencora

                  It's probably the brand EVERYONE has! It's beyond ubiquitous in every gift shop on Kauai, and I'm sure every other island as well. When I go back, a bunch of those oils (and a new Dirt Shirt!) are on the top of my list.

          2. I love to toss it with roasted asparagus or sprinkle it over goat cheese.

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            1. re: Avalondaughter

              Roast asparagus w/mac. nut oil sounds great!

            2. I also love macadamia nut oil on salad. And using it in cookies sounds like a great idea. It also makes a great oil for the hair and skin.

              1. Thanks for all the suggestions. tonight I sauteed some shredded brussels sprouts in it. I couldn't really taste macadamia so maybe I didn't add enough, it was good though. Mine is Olivada brand from New Zealand. I looked it up online and I think it goes for about $12

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                1. re: LisaN

                  Despite its great cooking properties, I definitely rely on it more as an unheated finishing oil. I find it can sometimes get heavy (oily/greasy when adding too much,) so perhaps adding more wouldn't have helped much for sauteeing. I'm not sure though.