Qualifirst’s Guide to Gourmet Cooking Oils

Gourmet Food & Specialty Ingredient Distributor

Cooking with oil can add a savory level of flavor to any dish, and provides the fat content needed for rounding out a well-balanced palate. When choosing an oil to use for your meal, there are several factors to consider: flavour, smoke point, and what their best-suited use is (for example, a frying versus finishing oil.) Qualifirst has many specialty ingredients with a wide selection of gourmet oils to choose from. We have compiled a short guide to the properties of fine cooking oils:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Olives are pressed, and the oil is extracted, plain and simple; the result of this is extra virgin olive oil. The flavour of EVOO can range from nutty and robust to grassy and fragrant depending on the origin of the olives used. A luxurious oil with a buttery texture, EVOO has a lower smoke point which means that it is better suited for vinaigrettes or as a finishing oil, rather than as a cooking or frying oil.

Avocado Oil

Avocado lovers are sure to be fans of quality avocado oil. The smooth buttery texture of the avocado translates into rich sumptuous translucent oil suitable for both sweet and savoury dishes. Avocado oil also has a high smoke point, which means it is a great option for cooking. There is versatility to avocado oil, which makes it a staple ingredient in any kitchen.

Grapeseed Oil

This premium oil is a prized possession of many professional chefs due to its versatility. Grapeseed oil’s thin viscous nature, light neutral flavour, and high smoke point mean it can be seamlessly incorporated into a wide variety of dishes. Because its high tolerance for heat, grapeseed oil can be used for both deep and pan-frying, but also lends its delicate flavour nicely to vinaigrettes or mayonnaise.

Coconut Oil

Extracted from mature coconuts, coconut oil is considered to be one of the healthiest foods you can consume. It’s healthy, non-hydrogenated fat content gives it a smooth rich flavour with a hint of coconut. Coconut oil is hard at room temperature, so it can be melted at moderately warm temperatures and used in both cooking and baking. It does not have a high smoke point, so it is not a frying oil, but once melted, coconut oil offers a delightful hint of tropical flavour to your dish.

There are many other types of oil to cook with, but these premium, gourmet cooking oils are a good start! Try them out in your favourite dishes today to add rich flavour and good fat content. Qualifirst is your gourmet food and specialty ingredient distributor with hundreds of products to elevate your cooking. Order online today, or give us a call at 1-800-201-1177.