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Mar 30, 2011 02:16 PM

Passover Oil

Save your taste buds and your health and don't buy cottonseed oil. Skip the Pesach aisle and go to the baking aisle where you will find Hollywood Safflower oil Kof-K-P. You might also find grapeseed oil and olive oil that you can use.

I don't know if it is true, but I was always told that, aside from not being particularly healthy to begin with, cotton is not grown as a food crop and they tend to use more pesticides. If you are not buying organic, the difference may be negligible anyway since regular food crops also use tons of pesticides. In any case, those other oils are better, imho.

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  1. Just use EVOO and don't fry much.

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    1. re: DeisCane

      I'd rather have a neutral oil for baking, although I agree extra-virgin olive oil is good for most cooking. Grapeseed and safflower oils are definitely better than cottonseed, which I find has an unpleasant chemical smell.

    2. Brach's had Grapeseed Oil in a (I think) 32 oz bottle for $6.99 for Pesach. not bad!

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      1. re: websterhall1994

        Last year I saw Palm oil imported from Israel, however it was very "clumpy" at the bottom of the jar, so I didn't buy it.

        1. re: jdh11

          OMG! The old (cottonseed) from the kosher markets is always rancid! Blech.

          1. re: jdh11

            Palm oil will go solid if cool enough (as does olive oil if refrigerated) and gets thick to semi-solid even at room temperatures. It is one of the few vegetable oils that contains saturated fat. The Web is full of accusations and counter claims about the socio-economic and environmental impacts. There are better choices for Pesach use.

          2. re: websterhall1994

            the 32 ounce glass bottle was selling for $6.99 will the 32 ounce plastic bottle was selling for $6.49

          3. I see them selling Vegetable oil. Just what vegetable(s) does that oil come from?

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              1. re: MartyB

                If you look at the ingredients, it will have to be more specific than the label. The year-round container of 'vegetable oil' sitting in my pantry cabinet says, in tiny letters, Ingredients: Soybean Oil.

                1. re: MartyB

                  KFP Vegetable Oil is almost always cottonseed. Regular is almost always soy

                  1. re: mrogovin

                    True, I just came back from GG and checked "cottonseed " so I bought Extra Light Olive oil (that's what the salesman recommended for frying). There are too many variations of Olive Oil being sold, (I never buy them), some had a layer of crap swimming o the bottom of the bottle, some even declaring their state of virginity :)

                    1. re: MartyB

                      FWIW, XLOO needs a KLP hecscher, I believe.

                      1. re: DeisCane

                        But any olive oil at Gourmet Glatt will likely have a Pesach hechsher, I would imagine.

                      2. re: MartyB

                        That "layer of crap," as you put it, is likely just oil that has partially solidified. If you ever make a homemade salad dressing with olive oil and put it in the fridge, you'll find the same happens when the oil gets cold. It's probably completely safe and very unlikely to be anything to avoid.

                        1. re: queenscook

                          That may be true, but if I am scanning my options in a supermarket and one bottle is clear and golden and the bottle right next to it has a bottom layer of a mucousy cloud my choice is "clear". This of course differs from the ones that has gritty particles in the bottom of the bottle. Again my choice would be "clear'. Thats just me.

                          1. re: MartyB

                            Fairway sells filtered and unfiltered extra virgin olive oil, both koshe for Passover. Last year I bought both by mistake. I actually preferred the cloudy unfiltered evoo. Had more of an olive taste.

                            1. re: cheesecake17

                              I don't know if I want an olive taste in my fried food or my potato kugel or chremsels.

                              I always pick out the olives from salads. Just don't like it.

                              1. re: MartyB

                                It has more of an olive taste when used in salad dressing or drizzled on vegetables. I can't comment on how it tastes cooked bc I don't cook with it.

                                As an aside, how do you make your potato kugel?

                        2. re: MartyB

                          Some of the "better" olive oil brands pride themselves on having sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

                    2. I found hazelnut oil and macadamia nut oil at Amazing Savings in Pompano Beach, FL

                      1. try hollywood sallflower oil. it has a nice neutral taste, bakes well, is wonderful in salad dressings, and won't be rancid.

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                        1. re: suesuebird

                          We found extra light olive oil this year. I don't remember the brand.

                            1. re: queenscook

                              I bought Hollywood Safflower oil too. I really like the taste of it. The cottonseed stuff looks disgusting.

                              1. re: marissaj

                                Yes it is liebers. We use xloo for nearly all our cooking year round so glad we can do it during pesach too.

                                1. re: DeisCane

                                  Just be careful where you buy. The same Liebers Grapeseed oil that Shoprite had for $7 was being sold by Fairway for twice that. Why grapeseed needs a special passover approval is a real mystery. The OU says it is concerned about actual Chametz, but I just do not see how. SHopRite also had Safflower. (Paramus, NJ)