Healthy Ways to Incorporate Oils in Your Cooking Habits

You decide to incorporate healthier oils into your restaurant cooking process, but you have relied on saturated fat for so long that you don’t even know where to begin?? Bell Chem has a variety of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats for your cooking needs and has the information you need to distinguish the best practices for these oils.

First, let’s discuss the differences between polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fat is liquid at room temperature but becomes solid when cooled. A monounsaturated fat remains liquid when used in most kitchens. Monounsaturated fats are beneficial to your health because they help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol that can build up along the walls of blood vessels causing clogged or blocked arteries. Polyunsaturated fats include omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential for brain function and cell growth.

Oils that contain either of these fats can add a dash of flavor to your cooking. Many of your kitchen appliances work at a variety of temperatures, and many unsaturated oils work best in specific temperature ranges. Our experts have listed which oils work under what conditions as well as common ways to incorporate them into your menu to receive their maximum benefit.

Low-Temperature Oils
Good for creating a splendid dip, dressing, or marinade.

  • Canola

  • Corn

  • Flaxseed

  • Grapeseed

  • Hemp

  • Olive

  • Peanut

  • Safflower

  • Sesame

  • Soybean

  • Sunflower

  • Walnut

High-Temperature Oils
Great for sautéing, deep frying, and pan frying.

  • Canola

  • Corn

  • Peanut

  • Safflower

  • Soybean

  • Sunflower

  • Any vegetable oil

Higher temperature oils are not readily absorbed into fried foods. Sautéing is a healthy alternative to frying since very little oil is used to cook food quickly. Begin with a tablespoon and add more as necessary. You will find that cooking with oil instead of butter is better for your budget as well as your patron’s health, but can still offer a flavor-rich outcome. The proper conversion calls for substituting ¾ cup of vegetable or nut oil for each cup of butter or shortening in the recipe you are using.

With a wide range of oils, Bell Chem can fulfill your restaurant supply needs. Find more information about our products by reading our blog.

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