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Unusual cooking oils

Cathy Elton | Dec 2, 2005 10:21 AM

Lately I've been experimenting with various heart-healthy cooking oils, and I wanted to share some great finds.

First, tea oil - it's got a subtly smoky flavor and is great for salads, sauteeing and even baking. It has a super-high smoke point, so you don't have to worry about keeping the heat low like you should with olive oil. And it's higher in healthy monounsaturated fat than olive oil. They have it in stores like Whole Foods, or you can get it from republicoftea.com.

And while canola oil might not usually be an exciting choice, I recently tried Rapunzel organic canola oil from France and was really surprised. It bears no resemblance to regular canola oil. The color is a deep dark yellow, and the aroma is intense and nutty. I used this oil for a pie crust and it was fantastic. You can find it at Fairway and the Park Slope Food Coop. Not sure where else.

I would also recommend avocado oil and macadamia nut oil - while they are expensive, they have a very healthy fat profile and good flavor.

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