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Neutral-tasting oil?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 01, 2010 at 4:16 PM

I need to use a neutral-flavored oil for some sauces I'm considering. What are some Paleo choices? I was originally going to use grapeseed oil, but don't want a very refined and O6-heavy option if I can help it.

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on March 31, 2011
at 05:01 AM

@Paola, the refined coconut oil I bought states that it is mechanically refined (as opposed to chemically which Mark warned about) so I think it might be fine. Good to know at any rate, thanks.

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on March 25, 2011
at 06:01 PM

Hey, I am going to try that...thank you so much!

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on December 04, 2010
at 09:48 PM

Not to mention, duck usually has a lot of fat, so it is great for rendering. But whole foods in my area sells rendered duck fat

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on December 03, 2010
at 10:15 PM

Interesting! I roasted a duck for the first time last weekend, and hadn't really figured out what to do with the fat.

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on December 03, 2010
at 12:51 AM

Haig, Mark Sisson makes a strong point against refined coconut oil. Here is the link: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/coconut-oil-health-benefits/#refined

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on December 01, 2010
at 11:53 PM

good point. I love it but when you really compare it to other fats it is pretty neutral tasting.

3020fb359dfbedaf90f1611b036d3432

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on December 01, 2010
at 09:14 PM

I'm going with the refined coconut oil, thanks everyone!

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on December 01, 2010
at 06:05 PM

Even tho it's most mono, I'm very leery of highly processed seed oils

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on December 01, 2010
at 04:50 PM

refined coconut oil is neutral as far as flavor. i buy and eat unrefined but it does indeed taste and smell like coconut. Get the refined version and you'll be good to go. Here are both the refined and unrefined Spectrum options which are all that are readily available for me in NYC: http://www.spectrumorganics.com/?id=87#j47

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B4aa2df25a6bf17d22556667ff896170

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on December 01, 2010
at 10:44 PM

rendered duck fat is surprisingly neutral

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on December 01, 2010
at 11:53 PM

good point. I love it but when you really compare it to other fats it is pretty neutral tasting.

B4aa2df25a6bf17d22556667ff896170

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on December 04, 2010
at 09:48 PM

Not to mention, duck usually has a lot of fat, so it is great for rendering. But whole foods in my area sells rendered duck fat

C16d506f10d910db0736bfd0d0e3809a

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on December 03, 2010
at 10:15 PM

Interesting! I roasted a duck for the first time last weekend, and hadn't really figured out what to do with the fat.

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on December 01, 2010
at 06:20 PM

Avocado oil is mostly, but not totally, neutral tasting. Perhaps the trick is to find the oil that will enhance the flavor of the dish, even if it's not totally flavorless itself. Just like butter enhances the flavor of most baking items.

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on December 01, 2010
at 04:43 PM

MCT oil seems pretty neutral tasting. I get the NOW foods brand off of IHERB.com.

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on March 25, 2011
at 02:21 PM

I make Coconut Ghee, which is delicious and gives you the benefits of coconut oil without all the coconut flavor.

Basically, it's just clarified Kerrygold butter mixed with Nutiva's extra virgin coconut oil in a 2 butter:1 coconut oil ratio. The taste of the butter masks the flavor of the coconut almost entirely.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/coconut-oil-and-ghee/

C80bb4f697a72b771ae44cc3637df8f7

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on March 25, 2011
at 06:01 PM

Hey, I am going to try that...thank you so much!

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C80bb4f697a72b771ae44cc3637df8f7

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on March 25, 2011
at 03:18 AM

So glad I found this question....and the answers. Thanks for the suggestions. I have to admit it but I really can't tolerate the taste of coconut oil in my foods. It seems that it just overwhelms the flavor of anything I use it in, even with the slightest amount. I have really tried and just don't like it.

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on December 02, 2010
at 04:05 AM

Extra light olive oil if you need something that won't be solid at room temperature...

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on December 01, 2010
at 06:03 PM

Refined Coconut Oil. It's both cheap and the healthiest of the unflavored oils... Just good old SatFat

Personally, I use Butter unless it's going to throw off the flavor too heavy.. Hard to beat the flavor of Kerrygold

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on December 01, 2010
at 05:23 PM

High oleic sunflower oil

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on December 01, 2010
at 06:05 PM

Even tho it's most mono, I'm very leery of highly processed seed oils

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