Olive, Sunflower, Canola & More: The Golden Secrets
Say hello to one of the most versatile and healthy ingredients in your kitchen right now: Cooking oil! Each type of oil adds its own unique, subtle flavor when matched with the right foods and cooking techniques—making oil one of our chefs’ secrets to recipe success.
In this blog, Jacob Schaller and Stacy Borders from our partners at Cargill (one of the leading cooking oil makers) talk about the wide variety of oils available and the different culinary (and nutritional) benefits of each. Get all their oil tips and tricks here and read on for simple recipes to try at home.
Spicy Lime Marinade
Want to take your chicken to a whole new place? This recipe starts with canola oil, a favorite among the Cargill team, and gets a boost from chilies and lime. “Canola oil has a clean, mild taste that lets the flavor of the food come through,” Jacob shares.
Watermelon Tomato Salad
This garden-fresh salad leans on watermelon, tomatoes and fresh herbs. Toss them with a splash of red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil for a sweet and tangy side dish that goes with almost anything. Remember to “store olive oil in a cool and dark place to protect its quality and taste,” says Jacob.
Chicken Satay Skewers
Who doesn’t like food on a stick? This traditional southeast Asian dish features boneless chicken thighs marinated in a mixture of peanut butter, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, cayenne and—our secret ingredient—peanut oil, which has a high smoke point that makes it perfect for grilling. “Finding the right cooking oil is all about how and what you like to cook,” Stacy shares.
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.