Look out, canola! Make room, olive oil! There's a new favorite cooking oil in my kitchen. I'm a little late to the party with my discovery of grapeseed oil, but I'm glad I made it here in the end.
Grapeseed oil has a very neutral flavor that tastes "light" to me when tried on its own and that disappears into the dish during cooking. For an all-purpose cooking oil, this is exactly what I want. Here are the three ways I've been using it the most:
1. Quick Stir-Fries and Sautés: I think this is where grapeseed oil is really at its best. It has a higher smoke point than many other oils, so I don't worry about adding it to hot woks or skillets. The mildness of the oil also lets the fresh flavors of the stir-fries shine through.
2. On the Grill: Another high-heat application for grapeseed oil. I use it to wipe down the hot grill and for coating the food itself with oil.
3. Roasting Vegetables: I normally toss my vegetables in olive oil for roasting, but have found myself reaching for the grapeseed oil lately. Again, its mild flavor is a bonus here, and I like it especially with roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes. I'll still switch back to olive oil when I want more flavor, but I like having the option of the grapeseed oil.
I've been using this J.R. Watkins' brand of grapeseed oil and really like it for everything mentioned above:
• Grapeseed Oil from J.R. Watkins, $12.99 for 375mL bottle
Do you like grapeseed oil? What are your favorite ways to use it?
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