Tuesday, July 31, 2012
the tryanny of olive oil
I've been thinking about this post for a while, mostly because I haven't been able to find any high-quality canola oil for months (I've looked at the Davis co-op and Taylors and Corti bros). Yeah, I know olive oil has good fat and yadda yadda but it's practically turned into a religion at this point. There are other oils!
Here is the calorie breakdown for some oils (per tbsp):
sesame oil: 120
avocado oil: 120
It's nice to have a variety oils, since olive oil is not the best for frying (low smoke point) and different oils can allow other flavors to shine through in vinaigrette. I like canola for a dijon vinaigrette (when I can fucking find it!). I like walnut oil for a nutty salad dressing or for making granola. This was a revelation to me, I always had an assumption that sesame oil had crazy high calories and used it super sparingly. Not anymore!
Break out of the olive oil jail! It reminds me of people eating margarine (which I grew up with ALWAYS, gross), although it's not the same since olive oil isn't bad for you. But people just assumed margarine was "better" for you and it turned out to be worse! Plus, I am lucky enough to have a naturally very healthy heart, so I'm not even gonna worry about it.
That reminds me, I had a delicious snack at a foodtruck in SF, with a burger, in lieu of fries: piping hot, barely blanched big green beans, coated in sesame oil and salt, and some cayenne.
Posted by beckler at 9:38 AM