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nevilletiger79
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cottonseed oil vs. peanut oil

preferances?


LSUEnvy
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re: cottonseed oil vs. peanut oil
p-nut for frying my turkeys, great taste


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Walt OReilly
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peanut oil


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Filthy Mitten
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re: cottonseed oil vs. peanut oil
People who insist on peanut don't know what they're talking about. Cottonseed has a comparable smoke point and won't burn up like cheaper oils. you also can't go wrong with Canola. Both are cheaper than Peanut. If you're cooking 1 turkey go with cheap clear fry.


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re: cottonseed oil vs. peanut oil
If you're cooking 1 turkey use Lard


dpd901
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re: cottonseed oil vs. peanut oil
From a technical standpoint, similar smoke points, but peanut oil has a lower iodine value (chemical test that measures "stability" of the oil). The lower the IV, the longer the oil should last at temperature.

If you are frying one turkey, and have a thermometer, you definitely don't need Peanut Oil or Cottonseed Oil. The cheapest vegetable oil you can find will work fine as long as you keep your temperature 350F or below, and I'd challenge any one to take the Pepsi Challenge and tell me which one was fried in peanut vs. soybean or canola (vegetable) oil.

Lard would make a difference in flavor for sure as would beef tallow.

Cottonseed Oil's main distinguishing characteristic is that it gives you a consistent golden brown color throughout it's fry life. When using other oils fresh... your first batches are too light, and get too dark after multiple batches. Cottonseed oil solves that problem, which is why Cafe Du Monde swears by it for thier bengiets. Great for fish, fries, etc... when you start with fresh oil.


Filthy Mitten
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re: cottonseed oil vs. peanut oil
Cottonseed is a favorite of every beignet shop in LA. Specifically Lou-Ana brand.


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LSUEnvy
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re: cottonseed oil vs. peanut oil
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If you're cooking 1 turkey go with cheap clear fry.


I'm cooking 3 and price isn't relevant, anyway p-nut oil tastes much better


TIGER2
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re: cottonseed oil vs. peanut oil
Cottonseed oil is very good oil. It has a unique smell. next time you open up a fresh jug,give it a smell. Smells like cake! And no,it does not add any flavor to food.


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dpd901
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re: cottonseed oil vs. peanut oil
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anyway p-nut oil tastes much better



If I fried 10 turkeys in Peanut Oil, Canola Oil, Soybean Oil, Corn Oil, Sunflower Oil... There is no way you'd be able to pick out the peanut oil in a blind test. It can't be done. I work for the largest producer of frying oil in the world, and have been selling food oils for about 15 years.

Lard and Tallow are a different story, but vegetable oils are so similar in taste profile, that flavor differences are completely negligible.
This post was edited on 11/17 at 8:24 pm


RaginCajunz
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If I fried 10 turkeys in Peanut Oil, Canola Oil, Soybean Oil, Corn Oil, Sunflower Oil... There is no way you'd be able to pick out the peanut oil in a blind test. It can't be done. I work for the largest producer of frying oil in the world, and have been selling food oils for about 15 years.

Lard and Tallow are a different story, but vegetable oils are so similar in taste profile, that flavor differences are completely negligible.


Completely disagree, I'd take that challenge.


dpd901
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You'd lose. I've done this test with many different food products with professional chefs, food scientists, culinary students, and other food service professionals multiple times.

In fact, we've had the research department at a major university perform a completely scientific study based on this very topic on behalf of a major restaurant chain that has used peanut oil exclusively for years. They just switched to a Canola product based on the results. The senior executives of that company couldn't tell the difference. Nor could any of the participants in the blind study. It's perception.

I'm not knocking peanut oil in anyway. It's a fantastic frying oil in every way. High smoke point, long lasting, etc...

I'm telling you that no one, can effectively single out product fried in peanut oil vs. other vegetable oils in a blind test on a consistent basis. The "nutty flavor" that it allegedly imparts on food is a myth.


RaginCajunz
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re: cottonseed oil vs. peanut oil
I eat very little fried foods now. I know that food fried in peanut oil will "sit" ok with my stomach. Other oils will make me ill. I can guarantee I'll tell the difference from 1 the smell coming off the fryer and 2- the taste. This is particularly true with french fries, but holds true on other foods as well.


dpd901
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re: cottonseed oil vs. peanut oil
Well, you'd be a total anomaly based on tons of scientific data. I'd give you 50/50 in a heads up vs. Soy bean oil, and 10% chance of guessing right in a multiple oil test. Everybody thinks they can do it blind going in. Nobody can.


RaginCajunz
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re: cottonseed oil vs. peanut oil
I'm a regular gastronomical anomaly. If all oils are the same, why bother producing multiple types? Why not just produce the cheapest one that yields the largest profit margin?



dpd901
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re: cottonseed oil vs. peanut oil
There are differences. Peanut Oil is superior to just about any other commodity oil as a frying medium... It's more stable chemically so it lasts longer. Canola Oil is low in saturated fat. Soybean oil is cheap for those who want that. Cottonseed is pretty stable and has the color benefit that I discussed above. Corn, Sunflower, etc... all have their place.

There's also consumer demand. Peanut Oil really made it's bones a long time ago before thermostats were reliable. The higher smoke point performed really well in restaurants, and it's also very popular in the south where peanuts are grown. The flavor is mainly a perception thing. It's a great oil though.

We also do things with crop genetics, chemistry and blending that can make Soybean, Canola, Corn etc... perform like peanut oil or better.


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