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Healthy oils for passover cooking?

memememe Mar 27, 2012 04:01 PM

Besides extra virgin olive oil, are there other healthy cooking oils (or specific brands of those oils) that don't require special labeling for Passover?

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    vallevin RE: memememe Mar 27, 2012 04:33 PM

    Hollywood brand safflower

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      ferret RE: memememe Mar 27, 2012 06:26 PM

      To my knowledge only extra virgin olive oil gets a pass.

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        queenscook RE: ferret Mar 27, 2012 06:59 PM

        I think grapeseed oil is also considered pretty decent.

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        mrotmd RE: memememe Mar 27, 2012 07:14 PM

        Actually both safflower and grape seed oil are pretty decent compared to the most common cottonseed oil. They are both high in monosaturaded fatty acids, and as opposed to olive oil, try have a high smoke point making them a better choice for frying. The rich flavor of olive oil, makes it more appropriated for salads. Also, for parve baking, don't even try olive oil for brownies. My son did it once. Lol

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          queenscook RE: mrotmd Mar 27, 2012 07:49 PM

          I must disagree re: olive oil for brownies. I would not use extra virgin olive oil, which is usually pretty thick/heavy, but light olive oil is also available, and very usable for baking all sorts of things. I think the nutrition is the same, as well.

          I also have a chocolate mousse recipe which specifically calls for extra-virgin olive oil, which I doubted at first, but it's really great.

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            mrotmd RE: queenscook Mar 28, 2012 11:57 AM

            Point taken, but my son used evoo once when he was a young teen. My family still gets a smile out of that story. Love to try that mousse. Sounds intriguing

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              koshergourmetmart RE: queenscook Mar 28, 2012 12:35 PM

              that recipe is the one from the NY times?

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                queenscook RE: koshergourmetmart Mar 28, 2012 03:53 PM


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                  magiesmom RE: queenscook Mar 29, 2012 07:45 AM

                  I was very skeptical about that recipe but it is really good . If you think of olives as the fruit they are, it seems more reasonable.

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            guilty RE: memememe Mar 27, 2012 08:01 PM

            Would coconut oil count as Kosher for Passover? (My ancestors are rolling over in their graves *right now*.) If so, it's great for both higher-heat cooking and baking. And don't believe the "tropical oils are bad" hype; as long as it's pressed, it is mostly medium-chain fatty acids, which are very good for you.

            Wait; another thread says yes on the KFPbit, at least for one brand: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/840348

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              helou RE: memememe Mar 29, 2012 07:49 AM

              I got a very good buy on Grapeseed Oil (Italian sounding naem) at Costco. I've used it before and it's a good quality. It's better for cooking and baking because it has a higher burning point than EVOO, and it has a neutral taste.
              It has a Star-K; I called the Star-K and they said Grapeseed Oil does not need a Passover certification.

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                suesuebird RE: memememe Mar 31, 2012 10:04 PM

                Hollywood makes an enriched, expeller pressed safflower oil, and runs a KP line of it this time of year. I buy it at Shoprite. It has been on sale for the last few weeks at $3.99. It is usually $4. While pricey, it is an excellent oil. It is distributed by Hain Cleestial.

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                  queenscook RE: suesuebird Mar 31, 2012 11:01 PM

                  Wow, a whole 1 cent savings?! Better stock up!

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                  goldZ RE: memememe Apr 1, 2012 05:46 AM

                  I found macadamia nut oil and hazelnut oil at Amazing Savings...I NEVER want to use cottonseed oil again. A few years ago, walnut oil was available in the gallon sized jugs but I haven't seen it in a few years.

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                    cheesecake17 RE: goldZ Apr 1, 2012 06:43 PM

                    I bought hazelnut oil also. Does it have a strong taste?

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                    suesuebird RE: memememe Apr 1, 2012 06:47 AM

                    sorry, it was on sale for $3.99...as opposed to $4.99.

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                      suesuebird RE: memememe Apr 1, 2012 06:54 PM

                      hazelnut oil is rather strongly flavored. while it is used for cooking, it is not considered a neutral oil.

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                        suesuebird RE: memememe Apr 1, 2012 06:57 PM

                        walnut oil is not generally used for cooking, as high temperatures can damage the flavor and destroy the nutrients that make is so good for you. use it for drizzling and dressing.

                        macadamia nut oil has a high burn level and is great for cooking.

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