Cooking with Oil: How much do you know about cooking oils?

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Cooking with Oil: How much do you know about cooking oils?
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True or false: You can substitute oil for butter in any recipe.
true
false
Although many amateur chefs believe this myth, butter and oil are not interchangeable. Stick to each recipe and use only the ingredients it calls for, because substituting oil for butter might require you to make further adjustments in order to make the dish a success.

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How much oil should fill a deep fryer or skillet?
no more than one-fourth of the fryer or skillet
no more than one-third of the fryer or skillet
No more than one-third of a fryer or skillet should be covered with oil when cooking a dish. Too much oil can cause spattering. Ouch!
no more than one-half of the fryer or skillet

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When frying with oil, what temperature should be maintained at all times?
about 175 degrees Fahrenheit
about 275 degrees Fahrenheit
about 375 degrees Fahrenheit
Try to keep oil at around 375 degrees Fahrenheit when frying. If oil gets too hot and begins to smoke, it can become a dangerous fire hazard.

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Unrefined sesame oil is often a flavorful ingredient found in ___.
dressings and sauces
Derived from the seeds of the sesame plant, sesame oil is flavorful, high in antioxidants and often used in dressings, sauces and dips.
sautéed vegetable dishes
baked goods

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Which oil is highly stable and keeps its flavor when cooked at very high temperatures?
sesame oil
corn oil
Corn oil, a liquid fat from the germ of a corn kernel, is highly stable and retains its flavor when cooked at high temperatures.
extra-virgin olive oil

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Which oil works well in both pasta salads and leafy green salads?
corn oil
canola oil
extra-virgin olive oil
The full-bodied taste of extra-virgin olive oil makes it a great choice to use in most salads, and since it’s cholesterol free, it’s healthy, too.

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Besides corn oil, which other oil is superior for frying?
extra-virgin olive oil
peanut oil
Like corn oil, peanut oil is able to withstand high temperatures and is often used to fry foods.
avocado oil

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Which versatile oil is used in baking, sautéing and stir-fry dishes?
canola oil
extra-virgin olive oil
vegetable oil
Vegetable oil is multipurpose and can be used in a variety of dishes, from brownies to vegetable stir-fries.

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Which oil is often used to make hash browns or popcorn?
coconut oil
Coconut oil, derived from the fruit of the coconut palm tree, is light, sweet and best used to make popcorn and hash browns.
avocado oil
corn oil

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Pure olive oil is the best choice for:
grilling
Pure olive oil is tasteless and odorless, and it's great for grilling. Use it to lubricate a grill grate and prevent foods from sticking. For added flavor, mix a small amount of extra-virgin olive oil with pure olive oil to coat grilled fish and meats. So, what's the difference between regular (pure) olive oil and extra-virgin olive oil? Extra-virgin olive oil means the oil hasn't been adulterated with nut or seed oils, while pure olive oil has been.
baking
deep-frying

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Which oil is best to use when sautéing plantains and sweet potatoes?
avocado oil
Avocado oil is nutty, smooth and best used to sauté fish, plantains, chicken or sweet potatoes.
coconut oil
corn oil

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True or false: Oil can be reused for frying.
true
Oil can be reused for frying as long as it’s handled correctly. However, if the oil starts foaming, it's no longer usable and should be discarded.
false

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Which oil is the best choice for stir-fry dishes?
pure olive oil
Pure olive oil works best for stir-fries, though corn oil, vegetable oil or extra-virgin olive oil will also work. No-stick spray is too light to use in stir-fry dishes.
canola oil
no-stick olive oil spray

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Olive oil can be added to boiling water when cooking pasta to:
keep the water from over-cooking the pasta
prevent the pasta from sticking together
A tablespoon of pure, virgin or extra-virgin olive oil can be added to boiling water to keep pasta from clumping or sticking together while cooking.
coat the pasta with a thin layer of oil

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Extra-virgin olive oil isn’t actually oil; it’s a ___.
shortening
fruit juice
Extra-virgin olive oil is technically a fruit juice, as it doesn’t require any chemical processing and can be consumed right after it's extracted from the fruit.
vegetable

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