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What oils do you cook with?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM

I'm a newbie to paleo cooking, and discovering that many of the oils I used to use may not be as healthy as I thought they were. I hear lots of talk of PUFAs and too much omega-6... What are the best oils/fats that you cook with?

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:36 PM

good call on duck fat. I bought a whole Lola duck (google it) and when i roasted it whole it rendered a tremendous amount of beautiful fat. Ive been doing omelets etc in it and loving it. Perhaps a bit heavy in the n6 but it doesn't worry me. Delicious and home made.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on December 21, 2010
at 07:56 PM

exactly what i use. I would add that eating macadamia nut oil is IMO fine and healthful. I do NOT cook with it, but use it as a dip.

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on December 21, 2010
at 07:52 PM

  1. Coconut oil--frying fish, braising meat, eggs
  2. Raw Butter- chili, veg, soups
  3. Ghee--curry, eggs, steaks
  4. Olive oil--salad dressing
  5. Pastured Bacon grease ---all of the above
  6. Grass-fed tallow- fried tubers and root veg.

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20da74d4abfdbb13b66d6d4e0db1b59b

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:27 AM

I mainly use lard, but add to it coconut oil or butter depending on what I'm cooking. I also store my bacon fat and will add that for flavour. I have olive oil for salad dressings, but do not use it heated.

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on December 21, 2010
at 10:36 PM

The only plant oil I use for cooking is coconut, which I use relatively often.

Animal fats I use include bacon fat (I use a lot of that because I collect it), butter, ghee, tallow (rarely), and I intend to try using non-bacon lard.

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on December 21, 2010
at 07:52 PM

Naturally raised, pastured animal fat is best for all types of cooking. Grass-fed tallow, lard, butter (clarified or otherwise), etc. Extra virgin, cold pressed, unrefined, coconut oil and palm oil are okay in a pinch although there are issues with all vegetable oils. I find it easier to avoid them.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on December 21, 2010
at 07:56 PM

exactly what i use. I would add that eating macadamia nut oil is IMO fine and healthful. I do NOT cook with it, but use it as a dip.

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on December 21, 2010
at 06:08 PM

i use coconut oil for high heat stuff, pastured pork lard or bacon fat for special occasions, and ghee for when i want a rich butter flavor. i dont typically use EVOO for cooking. they are great mixed, too- EVOO and ghee for a quick sautee, coconut oil and ghee are yummy together, too.

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209d2fc1f43df88348031c7c38077172

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on December 21, 2010
at 06:04 PM

Coconut Oil, tallow and ghee(clarified butter) are all great choices. I like to saute veggies in coconut oil and eggs fried in ghee are fantastic.

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on December 22, 2010
at 02:16 PM

Pork fat, beef fat, duck fat, butter, coconut oil less often (I find it harder on the gut!). Chicken fat occasionally. Olive oil as a dressing.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on December 22, 2010
at 03:36 PM

good call on duck fat. I bought a whole Lola duck (google it) and when i roasted it whole it rendered a tremendous amount of beautiful fat. Ive been doing omelets etc in it and loving it. Perhaps a bit heavy in the n6 but it doesn't worry me. Delicious and home made.

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on December 22, 2010
at 01:58 PM

Water, Rapsodyoil, butter,

often i just use water, and add later oil.

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on December 22, 2010
at 04:14 AM

Coconut oil is the best! Plus you can use it as a moisturizer or as it says on the jar a, "luxurious body oil." I recommend getting the good quality organic stuff I use a brand by the name of Artisana.

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:55 AM

coconut oil, butter, bacon fat

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Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on December 21, 2010
at 08:29 PM

Coconut oil, ghee, and grassfed tallow. Coco oil is the only veggie oil suitable for heat, imo. I also don't cook with bacon grease or schmaltz because of the O-6.

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on December 21, 2010
at 07:15 PM

Coconut oil is your safest bet for all types of cooking. Olive oil, which people often use for stir frying, sautéing and the like isn't the best idea. Olive oil isn't meant to be heated to high temperatures, and converts to carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons when it is. Coconut oil, on the other hand, can sustain high heats, is nutritious, and completely safe. Olive oil is great if you only heat it for a minute or so, or use it raw.

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on December 21, 2010
at 06:08 PM

I throw a tablespoon or two of grassfed beef fat or grassfed lamb fat in a pan and heat it gently over a low flame. It renders in a few minutes -- in other words, oil melts out of it -- and that's what I use. I do this for exactly the reasons you describe. I think animal fat is healthier than vegetable fat.

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