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Old 04-22-2008, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Any of the oils mentioned are WAY healthier than using shortening. Stay away from the shortening!
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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The other thing I think about when people say they can't afford organic or coconut oil or whatever (and let me be clear I am not speaking directly to you, TKramer. Of course I don't know your financial situation and I'm not saying you fall into the category I'm about to discuss. I'm talking in generalizations).

Often people say they can't afford organic or expensive alternatives, yet they have tons of breakfast cereal in their cupboard, potato chips, cookies, processed food in the freezer, etc. That all costs so much more than the healthy foods! Yes, healthy eating can take more time, but you can crock-pot an organic chicken with some veggies and that doesn't take long at all (in prep tine--obviously it has to cook for hours).

If people stopped buying all the junk, processed food which isn't even good for them, and went back to actually starting with basic unprocessed ingredients and cooked from scratch they would find it's not only healthier but also NOT more expensive than eating all the processed junk!
I had to make room in my budget for the healthy stuff. I'm allergic to soy (even the oil). Almost every processed and quick to make food has soybean oil in it. The only processed foods I buy are snack cakes and chips for my husband's lunches, he also likes chicken nuggets for the nights I just don't feel like putting a dinner together. I buy me meat from the butcher shop in town, because he isn't injecting it w/soybean oil to help retain the red color. I buy fresh fruits and vege's when I can, otherwise I buy frozen. My grocery bill is a little higher, but it sure is cheaper than the doctor bills

On the note of oil I use extra virgin olive when I don't need to fry, but for frying I use corn oil.
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Old 04-22-2008, 12:16 PM
 
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I'm allergic to soy (even the oil). Almost every processed and quick to make food has soybean oil in it.
Me, too! Reps to you. Soy isn't healthy for you anyway, we're better off without it. It's an awful PITA, though.
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Old 04-22-2008, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Way up high
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Good thread. I've always wondered the same thing. I always cook with EVOO and am going to start trying to fry using vegetable oil. Anyone please mention if Im going to have corn coming out of my ear with the whole vegetable oil thing please
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Old 04-22-2008, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Coconut oil and palm kernel oil are extremely high in saturated fat and should only be used in moderation.
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Old 04-22-2008, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I think I remember having the same question. Last time we looked at the LABEL of the "vegetable" oil, it did indeed say it was made from soybeans. There's little price variation, from what I've seen, between the three.

Peanut oil, safflower, sunflower....all three of those are pricier. And I'm not even going to talk about the prices for coconut oil at Green Earth (a health food store). I found one thing out working there--I can't AFFORD to eat healthy.
It won't let me edit...It was "GOOD Earth" not "GREEN Earth".
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Old 04-22-2008, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Any of the oils mentioned are WAY healthier than using shortening. Stay away from the shortening!
I LIKE my transfats, thank you.

I must admit, I don't do a lot of frying where foods are concerned...but I would use shortening in cookies.
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:40 AM
 
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Try butter in cookies, it tastes better. Butter piecrusts are delicious, too.
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Old 04-23-2008, 05:23 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine FL
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I like making fried chicken and experimented with different oils, and for me, the clear winner was shortening. The chicken came out crispier and lighter with the shortening.
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Old 06-24-2017, 03:36 PM
 
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Can someone please tell me what canola oil is made from ???
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