How to Cook with Different Oil and Vinegar

oil and vinegar

In cooking, we use a variety of oil and vinegar, and they each have their own unique uses.

I like to have a range of different oil and vinegar to help compliment my cooking, as well as enhance it.

But which ones are best to use?

It all depends on the type of dish we’re cooking.

Below, I break down the essential oil and vinegar bottles you should have in your kitchen and how to use them.

Oils

Oils can be used for cooking as well as served cold in dishes like salads.

You’ll most likely use one type of oil for your cooking, but it’s good to have a small selection on hand.

Oils have different smoking points so it’s important to know which oils you can use for various dishes.

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If you burn your oil, it can ruin the taste of your cooking.

My favorite in particular are extra virgin olive oils.

Olive Oil

oil and vinegar

My go-to oil.

The Arab in me always defaults to olive oil because it’s delicious and very versatile.

Olive oil is a fantastic source of healthy fats that are much needed in your diet.

I like to use olive oil in most of my cooking.

You’ll experience that it’s perfect for sauteing and for grilling vegetables.

We tend to have salad with the majority of our meals here so olive oil is ideal for salad dressings.

An endless choice of combinations are available to you with olive oil for salad dressings.

More classically in the Middle East, we like to drizzle olive oil on a variety of dishes.

Hummus being the most popular.

It’s also fantastic for dipping bread in.

Olive oil flavors vary from country to country.

You can read here about the different types of olive oil.

O-Live & Co. Robust 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 16.9 Fl Oz (500 ml) – First Cold Pressed and estate grown & bottled.
  • Transform every meal into a gourmet experience with this premium Cold Pressed 100% Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil from O-Live & Co. Add a sophisticated flavor to every dish you create with a drizzle of our extra virgin olive oil.
  • Low Acidity, Premium Blend – Estate-grown and bottled, this olive oil was processed first through cold extraction within a few hours from harvest.
  • Improve the taste of your dishes with an intense and persistent bitterness and pungency that reminds of black pepper. Designed for consumers who appreciate a higher intensity of olive oil. Perfect for grilled meats, marinate, dipping and green salads.

 

Canola Oil

canola oil

Most vegetables have a high smoke point, which makes this the ideal oil for dishes like stir frys and general frying.

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If a baking recipe requires oil, this would be the most appropriate one to use.

It doesn’t have much of a flavor but this works well in dishes where you want to avoid adding more flavor.

Amazon Brand – Happy Belly Canola Oil, 48 Fl Oz
  • 48 fluid ounces of Happy Belly Canola Oil. Packaging may vary
  • Add versatility in your kitchen with this light tasting Canola oil
  • Great for cooking and frying
  • A cholesterol free food, contains 14g total fat per serving. See nutrition information for fat and saturated fat content
  • 0g Trans fats per serving. See nutrition information for fat and saturated fat content

Sesame Oil

If you’re experimenting with Asian cuisine, this is a delicious addition.

Try adding it to stir-frys, marinades or sauces.

Kadoya Sesame Oil, 22.10 Fl Oz
  • Use it as seasoning or dressing
  • Product of Japan
  • The package weight of the product is 1.5 pounds
  • The package dimension of the product is 6″ L x 5″ W x 4″H

Coconut Oil

coconut oil

Coconut oil was championed as a healthy alternative for baking and cooking, but recent research has been challenging its status.

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Regardless, it is an ideal oil alternative to use in baking.

With its neutral taste, it’s a good oil to generally use.

Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 32 Oz & Organic Virgin Coconut Oil 16 ounces / 473 millilitres
  • Product 1: MADE FROM FRESH, ORGANIC COCONUTS – Cold-pressed from fresh, organic coconuts, Viva Naturals Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil delivers rich flavor and aroma that’s nutrient rich and naturally delicious.
  • Product 1: PERFECT FOR COOKING, FRYING & SPREADING – With a naturally high smoke point (350°F/177°C), coconut oil is perfect for baking, frying and sautéing. Spread it on muffins or toast for a delightful and delicious alternative to butter.
  • Product 1: NUTRIENT-RICH SKIN & HAIR-CARE TREATMENT – Super useful outside the kitchen, coconut oil makes a luscious lotion or hair conditioner that provides deep, nutrient-rich hydration without feeling sticky or greasy.

Avocado Oil

avocado oil

This has increased in popularity recently and I can see why.

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Perfect on salads, it adds a smooth and nutty flavor to your dish.

It also combines well with chicken and fish dishes due to its delicate taste.

BetterBody Foods Refined Non-GMO Cooking Oil, Kosher, Keto and Paleo Diet Friendly, for High-Heat Cooking, 100% Pure Avocado Oil, 1 Liter, 33.8 Fl Oz
  • GREAT FOR COOKING: Our naturally refined avocado oil is the perfect all-purpose cooking oil. It is great for fried dishes, and it makes a nice base for a homemade salad dressing when cold
  • HIGH SMOKE POINT: With a smoke point of 500°F, this pure cooking oil is useful for just about anything, making it olive oil’s match in every way. Use it for frying, sauteing, baking, and more
  • LIGHT FLAVOR ENHANCER: This useful cooking oil has a subtle and smooth flavor compared to traditional vegetable oil, enhances the flavors of food, and has only 10 g of monounsaturated fat per serving
  • NATURALLY REFINED: Non-GMO and gluten-free, this oil contains no additives. It delivers a clean flavor because it’s made from clean ingredients, and it is perfect for keto and paleo diets
  • MULTIPURPOSE OIL: BetterBody Foods avocado oil can be used for frying, sauteing, baking, and more. The vitamins, minerals, and other nourishing properties in avocados make this oil great

Vinegars

Most people think of the standard white vinegar but there’s a wide variety of vinegars that each add their own flair to cooking.

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Don’t make the mistake of thinking vinegars just belong in salad dressings.

They are an ideal counterpart of vegetables and fruit in enhancing flavor.

Red Wine Vinegar

An ideal choice for salads and marinades.

It also specifically pairs excellently with heartier dishes that include beef or pork.

Mantova Italian Red Wine Vinegar 16.9 Fl Oz (Pack of 2)
  • HIGHEST QUALITY: Authentic Italian Red Wine Vinegar is made through a classic process in which wine is aged in wooden casks to obtain the depth of flavor. Like wine and cheese, only time, process, and patience can create a quality product.
  • GREAT TASTE: This high-quality red wine vinegar has the proper balance of sweet and acidic tones. Phenomenal mixed with extra virgin olive oil for a salad dressing that is healthy and delicious. Add to fish, salad, and chicken or use to tenderize meat and pan-simmer mushrooms.
  • HEALTHY INGREDIENT: Red wine vinegar calories are very low, making it a great way to add flavor without guilt. In addition, red wine vinegar health benefits are well-known. Acetic acid helps to reduce appetite and stimulate digestion. Anthocyanins and antioxidants protect the heart and the all of the body’s functions.

White Wine Vinegar

This has a fruity flavor compared to its red sibling.

It’s also less punchy which makes it perfect for lighter vinaigrettes.

An additional benefit is that it won’t change the color of the dishes, unlike red wine vinegar.

Colavita Aged White Wine Vinegar, Special, 17 Fl Oz (Pack of 2)
  • Ships in Amazon Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
  • Fine and aromatic, this naturally aged wine vinegar has been produced according to traditional methods of aging selected wines for long periods in wooden barrels. 2/17oz bottles
  • Product of Italy
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Aged in wooden barrels, Non GMO product.

Balsamic Vinegar

One of my favorite vinegars!

It’s sweet and syrupy taste is delightful in the dishes it marries.

Like olive oils, balsamic vinegars range widely in quality and price.

My advice would be to buy the best balsamic vinegar your budget can afford.

You won’t regret it.

The most popular component to make is a balsamic vinaigrette for salads.

But I like to go past this and boil it down to a thick syrup which I use to glaze over meat.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This is the golden child of the health food movement so I’m sure you’ve at least heard of this vinegar.

It’s incredibly versatile and can be utilised in dishes ranging from dressings to marinades.

In particular, it makes a delicious partner for pork based dishes.

It can also be a good addition to your baking toolkit.

Because of its sweet and fruity flavor, and its ability to puff up baking, it makes sense to choose it.

Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar With the Mother– USDA Certified Organic – Raw, Unfiltered All Natural Ingredients, 16 ounce, 2 Pack
  • BRAGG APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: The Bragg ACV Vinegar is made from organically grown apples, and offers various health benefits. To easily incorporate ACV into your diet, you can take a daily 2 oz shot, pour it over your salad, drink in a morning elixir with water and lemon, or add it to your hot tea.
  • ORGANIC INGREDIENTS: The Bragg ACV is raw, unfiltered, and crafted from organically grown apples. It is USDA certified organic, Non-GMO Verified, and Kosher certified.
  • MOTHER OF VINEGAR: The ‘Mother’ consists of strands of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria that give the product its murky appearance. The ‘Mother’ is used for its natural cleansing qualities.

Rice Vinegar

I’ve become more familiar with rice vinegar over the previous year as I’ve experimented with more Asian cooking.

In particular, dishes from ‘Japan: The Cookbook’.

Ideal for pickling, marinades and dipping sauces.

If you’d like to delve further into Japanese cooking, rice vinegar is essential for making the most delicious sushi rice.

Marukan Seasoned Gourmet Rice Vinegar, 1 Gallon (Pack of 1)
  • Seasoned Rice Vinegar: This carefully blended rice vinegar can be used to prepare sushi rice in your own home. Because it does not contain any fat, it also serves as a healthy ingredient for marinades by mixing it with your choice of oil.
  • Gourmet Cooking Ingredient: Our rice vinegars are certified Kosher, Vegan, Gluten Free and Non GMO Project Verified. Try all of our varieties: Seasoned, Unseasoned, Organic, Lite and Original
  • Finest Ingredients: Our vinegars are made from scratch using select California grown rice and acetic acid bacteria from Japan, where it is delicately cultivated to be used in the fermentation process

Which oil and vinegar are your favorite to use?

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