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what ever happened to peanut oil for pesach????

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all we had in the 50's and 60's was peanut oil---I do not remember cottonseed till after the emerging right wing decided that peanut oil is no good!!!!

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  1. I remember it from the 70s and 80s.

    1. I remember growing up with Planter's peanut oil and even have a small cookbook they published with Passover recipes featuring peanut oil. Anything other than peanut oil was difficult to get in the smaller kosher markets until sometime in the 80's. I guess cottonseed was in shorter supply and they took a leniency for the peanut oil.

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      1. re: sharonfl

        It's not so much that it was a leniency in the past, but rather that stringencies have overtaken the Jewish world. The shift can be seen in many areas.

        There have long been doubts as to whether peanuts should be classified as kitniyos - legumes - at all. Furthermore, there are additional questions as to whether derivatives of kitniyos should fall under the same restrictions as the kitniyos themselves.
        Likely for these reasons R' Moshe Feinstein permitted the use of peanut oil on Pesach.

        1. re: helou

          Peanuts are definitely legumes. There is not much doubt that they are kitniyos -- the only one I'm aware of who says they're not is R Moshe. Yes, he permitted them and their oil, but he is hardly the only posek, and as far as I can tell on this he is a lone opinion. Relying on him to permit them is a leniency; not doing so is not especially stringent.

      2. Back in the "old country" (the UK) we had groundnut oil for Pesach in the 50s and 60s, I think it is the same as hazelnut oil. Not everyone accepts cottonseed oil either. Frankly, if you use peanut oil, you could also use canola oil, or sunflower oil or safflower oil..... so many choices, basically everything except corn oil would be permitted by many opinions. But for health and taste, we like olive oil anyway. And the main reason peanut oil is used much less, year round, is because of the large number of people who are allergic to tree nuts, nothing to do with kosher or not.

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        1. re: EvanM

          I love using peanut oil, and I do use it year round. It has a very high smoking point and I find it to be very useful.

          Interestingly, most people don't realize that people with peanut allergies are generally no also allergic to peanut oil. Commercially refined and processed peanut oil has had all the peanut proteins removed, and those are the allergenic substances.

          1. re: EvanM

            Peanuts are not tree nuts, they are legumes. Many who are allergic to peanuts can eat tree nuts and vice versa. True, there are those who are allergic to both, but it is not a given.

          2. I Rue the day that an unhealthy waste by-product of an inedible plant entered our food stream. In the 50's and 60's cotton waste was considered fit as only a cheap animal feed.
            It is also an allergan, manifesting (in me) a classic histamine reaction characterized by shortness of breath, erythema and bloating.