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The Three Letter “F” Word

The three letter “F” word? What is that? FAT. Yep, I said it, F. A. T. – Fat. That three letter little word can induce many emotions and responses. It can bring about a sated feeling or even a repulsive response. Depending on the context it can be a defeatist or a wonderful thing. The context here revolves around the culinary arena. Fat in the kitchen is not always good or bad, but it is essential.

Fat comes in many forms. Let us look at in the form of cooking oils. There are so many different types of cooking oils out on the market it can be overwhelming. I try to stay informed on most things related to my culinary pursuits. Many years ago, any type of oil or fat was bad. Everything was fat free. Then it went to the other extreme and all fat was good. It is like watching a good tennis match. Back and forth, back and forth. And now we are in the “right kind” of fats. I believe this is more of where I belong. Some fat is good if you choose wisely.

I use three main kinds of oils in my cooking and baking: Avocado, Olive and Coconut.  All three of these are vegan. I use mostly Avocado oil for anything that requires heat, especially in the oven. Avocado oil has a high smoke point. In another words it does not burn very easily. I find avocado oil work well for roasting vegetables in the oven. It also makes a great homemade mayonnaise. If you have not tried making your own mayonnaise give it a whirl, (sorry for the pun) it tastes so much better than the commercial fare.

The second oil I use is Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I also make sure that it is cold pressed. I use this for most of my vinaigrettes. My favorite vinaigrette is so simple and delicious it should be harder to make. All you need is olive oil, a lemon and some sea salt and pepper (or all-purpose seasoning).

The third oil I use most often is coconut oil. I use the extra virgin coconut oil mostly for baking. I really like them for cookies and cakes, oh and my donuts, yum.

These are the three oils I use most often. Each one lends itself to a different purpose, and is essential to healthful tasty cooking.

 

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