Which fat and oils do you use?
And with over 300 mentions of different fats and oils, guess which was the most popular?!
That’s right – Coconut Oil with 48% of all the votes!
Unsurprisingly, Olive Oil was the second most popular at almost 12%, followed by butter, Ghee, Bacon Fat, Avocado, Lard, Tallow then Duck Fat. Less popular, with a few mentions were Grape Seed Oil, Walnut, Dripping, Macadamia Oil, Chicken Fat, Hemp Oil, Oil, Rice Bran and Safflower Oil – see the full list below:
- Coconut Oil 48.0%
- Olive Oil 11.7%
- Butter 9.0%
- Ghee 7.7%
- Bacon Fat 7.0%
- Avocado Oil 5.3%
- Lard 3.0%
- Tallow 2.0%
- Duck Fat 1.3%
- Grape Seed Oil 1.0%
- Walnut 1.0%
- Dripping 0.7%
- Macadamia Oil 0.7%
- Chicken Fat 0.3%
- Hemp Oil 0.3%
- Palm Oil 0.3%
- Rice Bran 0.3%
- Safflower Oil 0.3%
A lot of people were quick to point out that they are very careful to choose their oil/ fat carefully depending on temperature (for instance, saying that they only use olive oil at low temperatures or over salads, and use coconut oil for cooking at higher temperatures)
• Organic cold pressed Coconut high temps and anything lower than 350 I use olive oil
• Coconut, ghee, bacon fat, and at low temps (like my oven roasted tomatoes) I use flavoured olive oil.
• Don't cook with olive oil at high temps!!
• Coconut oil for cooking olive oil for salads
• Don't use anything that is liquid at room temperature as when it gets heated to a certain temperature they turn into hydrogenated fat… Use anything that is solid at took temperature as the compounds are more stable… Use raw organic coconut oil or organic butter
• Coconut oil and ghee depending on what im cooking Olive Oil for salads.
• Is grape seed oil acceptable? I like it as an alternative for high temps.
There were also a lot of you who have a favourite oil, but expressed an interest in trying a new oil, or even rendering your own:
• I'm going to try ghee
• I might try some goose fat
• Heard of walnut but haven't tried it yet.
• I do want to try making ghee.
Quality is clearly a high priority to everyone, pretty much everyone pointed out they use grass-fed butter, or Extra Virgin Olive Oil. There were a lot of comments like this one:
• All either organic or from pastured/free range animals.
A lot of people just hate the taste of coconut oil too… it’s definitely worth trying it in different dishes, and also trying other brands. Whilst refined coconut oils don't have the coconutty taste – they are refined oils, so not ideal…
• My partner dislikes coconut flavor. Does it taste very coconutty?
• Is there a coconut oil that doesn't have a strong flavour or does all coconut oil make everything you're cooking coconut flavoured …. ?
• I don't like coconut but coconut oil doesn't really taste of it. I don't mind chicken fish or eggs with coconut oil but not red meat
So over to you, which fats and oils do you use – and in what situation?