Vegetable oil might seem like a basic pantry staple, but don't overlook the magic it can perform in the kitchen. Without it, we couldn't fry calamari to a crisp golden texture or sauté our favorite greens to a soft and wilted state. Vegetable oil performs well under high heat, so reach for it when you need to really get cooking. Chowhound's recipe collection will show you the proper things to cook with it, from crispy curried new potatoes to moist and tender zucchini bread to basic granola.
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