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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:56 PM
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Is olive oil ok for deep frying?
Or does it have too low of a smoke tolerance?
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:58 PM
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1. Too low of a smoke tolerance. nt
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:59 PM
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Then use peanut oil?
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:59 PM
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2. They deep fry in Rome all the time
I love sweet potato fried in olive oil. The smoke point is fairly low so temperature control is key.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:59 PM
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3. yes...
:)
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:13 PM
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4. italians deep fry in olive oil all the time.
you might invest in a mario battali cook book -- or explore his recipes on foodnetwork to know more.
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Ryano42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:17 PM
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6. Mmmm Deep Fried Italians!
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 01:17 PM by Ryano42
But what to dip them in??? :9 :dunce:
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:24 PM
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10. something with artichoke hearts i hope.
salty and tangy should go together.
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CBGLuthier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:16 PM
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5. web page with smoke points
http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/CollectedInfo/OilSmokePo...

Olive Oil is good to 320 F or even higher depending upon quality
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calico1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:18 PM
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7. The light olive oil has a higher
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 01:19 PM by calico1
smoke point than virgin. But to deep fry I would go with peanut oil. Besides, olive oil is pricer so deep frying with it could get expensive.
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TheFriendlyAnarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:21 PM
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8. It's acutally not too bad when you buy it by the gallon. It's still 2x
more, but overall pretty reasonable.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:23 PM
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9. you can fry in olive oil..just not the extra virgin one
and it can be tricky

use safflower..which is healthy and is less troublesome to fry in
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 04:38 PM
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11. It's too expensive to use for deep frying
Mix some olive oil with your regular frying oil. This gives you a nice olivey flavor, but higher smoke tolerance and lower expense.
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conscious evolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 04:46 PM
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12. My FRY_BABY instructions say never use O.o,
Risk of igniting.

Why take a chance
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freethought Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 05:37 PM
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13. Too expensive and the flavor is a too heavy
I do not endorse deep frying anything in olive oil. First of all the good olive oils are too expensive to use for deep frying. Second, as many say, smoke tolerance is too low. Third, the olive oil flavor is too heavy IMHO.
It's great for saute, salad dressings, dipping, marinades,sauces, add infinitum. But deep frying?
If you want to deep fry go with peanut oil(careful of allergies), canola oil, vegetable shortening, and I have seen some recommend grape seed oil for deep frying. They recommend it because it has nearly no flavor. I have seen it in the stores but it is not cheap so those who do use it will reuse it a number of times over if they are deep frying in it on a small scale.
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David__77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 05:59 PM
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14. i have had a BAD experience with that
my friend kept trying to make an italian chicken dish by frying in olive oil. it produce an odious smell and inedible chicken. maybe i just got lucky...
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