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Re: Oils and Vinegars

Postby Linnet » Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:26 pm

Does anyone else use rice bran oil? Other than olive for dressings, etc, I use very little oil, and find this a good neutral general purpose one. It has a high smoke point 250°C, (though I don't do deep frying,) but the downside is that it is produced in Thailand. A 500ml bottle is £2 in Sainsburys and lasts me about 6 months, so I don't feel too guilty about that!

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Re: Oils and Vinegars

Postby Earthmaiden » Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:38 pm

On the subject of walnut oil, I am also a fan of walnut vinegar. The combination of the two makes a lovely dressing. It's hard to find here. IaninFrance once brought me some from his neck of the woods where it is more common. In general, I don't use huge amounts of vinegar so try not to have too many on the go.

I think that both walnut and sesame oils give a fabulous flavour to appropriate dishes and many salads.

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Re: Oils and Vinegars

Postby KeenCook2 » Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:46 pm

Thx for advice re chilli oil, ZC and KKA :thumbsup

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Re: Oils and Vinegars

Postby Stokey Sue » Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:45 pm

The avocado oil I’ve seen around and tasted has been far too expensive and strongly flavoured to use for frying - I just looked and the Waitrose oil is ~£18 per litre though I suspect there are cheaper ones
I have also found the taste too strong and bitter

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Re: Oils and Vinegars

Postby ZeroCook » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:48 pm

Possibly cold pressed and unfiltered, Stokey? That is a lot. I pay about a third of that. Ive actually wondered about different qualities as I think - am pretty sure - the one I get isn't cold pressed. Sounds like the avocado equivalent of evoo. How bitter was it and did you try it before or after your taste bud stuff?

What is walnut vinegar EM?

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Re: Oils and Vinegars

Postby Stokey Sue » Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:05 pm

ZeroCook wrote:Sounds like the avocado equivalent of evoo. How bitter was it and did you try it before or after your taste bud stuff?

I tried a few at markets and food fairs in 2018/9 when avocado oil was being pushed quite hard

You know how if you eat an avocado half with a spoon and you scrape the dark green layer off the skin too enthusiastically it can be slightly unpleasant? That’s how most of the oils tasted to me, and to the friend with me on one occasion

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Re: Oils and Vinegars

Postby Earthmaiden » Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:46 pm

ZeroCook wrote:What is walnut vinegar EM?


Possibly worth 'Googling' as there are so many brands - particularly French.
This is the only home made recipe I can find which suggests the walnuts add a subtle flavour to an established vinegar. I have only ever bought ready made and not thought much about what it is, only that I like it.

https://www.cottagesmallholder.com/waln ... cipe-3159/

Popular in parts of the USA too .. https://www.seattlemag.com/article/tili ... ut-vinegar

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Re: Oils and Vinegars

Postby jeral » Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:32 pm

The so-called avocado "spray light" mist bottle I bought I still can't get to pump out, so might try to drain it somehow, or just chuck it. However, the amount of avo oil in it is negligible so no sad loss really.

karadekoolaid explained elsewhere why nut oils weren't common in his location where such nuts are grown so the price probably reflects niche overseas markets.

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Re: Oils and Vinegars

Postby karadekoolaid » Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:27 pm

That´s correct, Jeral. Walnuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts and almonds do not grow here; far too hot.
We used to be able to find peanuts, but alas, no longer.
A friend of mine who is an accomplished chocolatier buys macadamia nuts locally, but production is limited.
In the South East of Venezuela, there are thousands of Merey. Merey is an acid fruit, a bit like a small red pepper, and hanging on the end is a cashew nut. Cashews are indigenous to Venezuela (and Northern Brazil), but no-one over here has ever bothered to commercialise them.
As for avocados,I´ve personally tasted at least 6 different varieties, most of which are far superior to the Israeli, Mexican or Haas variety... but again, farmers with no vision, so no export.
We´ve got lovely bunches of coconuts, however.

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Re: Oils and Vinegars

Postby Renee » Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:31 pm

scullion wrote:
Renee wrote:I like that idea Scullion. How much do you use of each?


Thanks so much for your reply Scullion. I shall probably make it today.

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Re: Oils and Vinegars

Postby Stokey Sue » Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:11 pm

I wondered about Venezuelan cashews, I know they grow in Guyana and there’s at least some trade. Cashew nut butter is fashionable, and delicious

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Re: Oils and Vinegars

Postby karadekoolaid » Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:57 pm

Cashews suffer the consequences of most agricultural products here; typical of a petrol-based economy. Businesses don´t consider agriculture to be economically viable, and government does nothing to encourage it.
I know someone who makes nut "cheeses", however - I even went to a tasting once. Really excellent.

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