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Confused about olive oil

Answered on December 03, 2014
Created February 02, 2012 at 2:04 AM

I know that you're not supposed to use olive oil for frying because it doesn't do well with high temperatures. SO, why do so many recipes for roasted veggies/kale chips/yam fries call for coating your veggies with olive oil and the sticking them in the oven at 400C? Is that temperature not too high?

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on June 06, 2012
at 08:38 PM

Olive oil (as long as it's not EVOO) can be used for frying: http://paleohacks.com/questions/113142/can-we-put-olive-oil-low-smoke-point-myth-to-bed

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on February 02, 2012
at 07:40 PM

Yeah, this is always a source of confusion- if you want to prove it to yourself, heat a bit of olive oil up in your oven and take the temp with a meat or candy thermometer- it will never get as hot as the oven itself, unless its thinly spread on a sheet pan without a liner (that can simulate a hot pan on the stove top). Use a thicker bottomed dish for lower-heat oil, line it, or switch it out for some other oil. Nothing bad is going to happen in the oven, but olive oil is pretty expensive.

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on February 02, 2012
at 02:46 AM

I prefer to use pastured ghee, tallow, or lard in baking past 350 F.

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on February 02, 2012
at 02:25 AM

I think you mean 400F. You're right- I'm guessing you won't see a lot of paleo blogs using olive oil that way. Probably blogs that feature more of the SAD fare?

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on February 02, 2012
at 02:39 AM

The oil itself doesn't get up to 400 degrees in the oven---just the temperature inside the oven gets that high. But when you fry something, the fryer oil DOES get very hot.

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on February 02, 2012
at 07:40 PM

Yeah, this is always a source of confusion- if you want to prove it to yourself, heat a bit of olive oil up in your oven and take the temp with a meat or candy thermometer- it will never get as hot as the oven itself, unless its thinly spread on a sheet pan without a liner (that can simulate a hot pan on the stove top). Use a thicker bottomed dish for lower-heat oil, line it, or switch it out for some other oil. Nothing bad is going to happen in the oven, but olive oil is pretty expensive.

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on February 02, 2012
at 03:15 AM

I omit the oil with no problems. The recipes are not health conscious.

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on December 03, 2014
at 06:25 PM

Here’s the bottom line: extra-virgin olive oil is perfectly safe to cook with. It stands up well to heat due to its monunsaturated fatty acid and phenolic compounds content and fares much better than other vegetable oils. It’s a great oil to eat both in taste and health and shouldn’t be avoided. However, it’s not the only healthy fat out there! You should always consume a variety of healthy foods, fats included.

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on February 02, 2012
at 04:41 PM

The biggest problem with overheating oils isn't in the home kitchen, but in the processing plant where the oil is heating to high temperatures for refinement. I think folks worry too much about damaging their fats by cooking.

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on February 02, 2012
at 02:52 PM

For kale chips, I use olive oil along with other seasonings and make them in a dehydrator so they don't get too hot. For sweet potato fries, I would coat them in unrefined coconut oil or just bake them whole instead of doing the fries. You might also try coating the fries in beef tallow or bacon fat and see if you like them that way.

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on February 02, 2012
at 02:49 PM

Fried food in olive oil has been in the spotlight recently: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16691754 (as in "no heightened risk of heart disease or premature death linked to food that had been cooked in this way").

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