Apparently, A Lot Of People Don't Use Olive Oil To Cook

Lex Gabrielle
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We all have many staples in our pantries and in our kitchens. While we may have different cultural diets or dietary restrictions, there are many things that we just all use, whether it's for our main ingredients, or even to add as a garnish.

From salt and pepper to different oils and vinegar, I bet if we came into your kitchen we would find that we have a lot in common.

One thing that many people use is olive oil.

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Olive oil is one of the most popular oils that people use in the kitchen. A lot of people use it to coat their pan before they fry something, that way they don't have to use butter.

Another way people use olive oil is for dressings.

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From salad dressings to pasta, many use olive oil for a "final finish" on a meal. Mixing a salad with some olive oil and vinegar is a sure-fire way to class up a homemade salad. Or, if you want a lovely bowl of pasta but don't have sauce, people chop up some garlic, and then mix it with oil before pouring it over the pasta.

Olive oil is basically a lot of people's saving grace

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It's not only easy to cook with, but it's also vegan and accessible for everyone. I've never really gone into someone's kitchen and found that they didn't have olive oil. However, there are some people who apparently do not use olive oil at all in their kitchen.

A recent Reddit thread posed a question about "cooking rules."

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Reddit user u/Suspicious-Account-9 asked Reddit users what is the one "cooking rule" that they choose to always ignore. That is to say, what is a rule in cooking that everyone follows that you don't follow at all—despite everyone else doing it.

One Reddit user says he absolutely does not cook with olive oil.

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Reddit user Robotick1 responded that while many recipes call for olive oil to cook with, he refuses to do so.

"I really don't see the point. It cost a lot more and it as such a low smoke point, its way too easy to burn your oil and then everything tastes weird," he wrote.

Instead, he says he uses vegetable oil to cook with.

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"I use vegetable oil for cooking. I keep a bottle of very nice olive oil to drizzle on top of things to finish them after they are cooked or to make marinade, but I don't cook with it," he continued on the Reddit thread.

Many other people agreed that they do not use olive oil.

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squishybloo agreed that olive oil can make things taste strange at the temperature that they usually cook things at.

"Olive oil tastes weird at the temp that I fry things at, and canola oil smells weirdly of fish - even with a brand new bottle! Corn or peanut oil it is," they said.

Many still do, despite what this Reddit user shared.

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"I use a cheap refined olive oil for most cooking (other than high-temperature stuff). I find it gives a warming and gentle background flavor whereas sunflower or vegetable oil can give food an unpleasant aftertaste.

Definitely wouldn't use olive oil for deep frying - not just due to its smoke point but also far too expensive," said teekay61.

Others said the Reddit user may not be using the right oil.

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"Sounds like you're using extra virgin olive oil - that's not meant for cooking.

In terms of smoke points - butter (302F), canola oil (400F), "normal, non-extra virgin" olive oil (400-470), vegetable oil (450), peanut oil (450)," shared Whites11783.

However, many disagreed and said vegetable oil is not good for you.

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"Vegetable oil and other seed oils are very bad for your health. They are literally spoiled rotten but they process them in a way that hides the rancid smell," shared greenpoe.

If you are going to use olive oil to cook, be sure to use the right type for your recipe!

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If you do plan to cook with olive oil, a good rule of thumb is to research what temperature you need to cook your recipe at and then go from there. If you are frying at a high temperature, you may need a specific type.

The more you know!