The days of rugged granolas have given way to those with a bit more flair. Making your own is also a good reason to reach for flavor neutral oils that don’t compete with the salty, sweet or spicy nature of your favorite recipe.
Here’s the secret to moist, tender cakes: oil. Whether olive or vegetable, oils are natural emulsifiers that work to improve texture and moistness, features you’ll find in this sweet and easy recipe that makes a terrific birthday cake.
Sauteing is a basic cooking technique that’s important to many recipes. It relies on fat and high heat to cook food quickly. Oil, plus butter, are keys to success—vegetable oil because it has a high smoke point and butter because it adds great flavor.
Yikes! Two days to fry a French fry? Yes, but the small extra step is worth the results, a crispy fry with a tender middle. Vegetable oil, with its high smoking point and flavor neutral profile, is the only choice for turning out the ideal fry. (By the way—yes! You do rinse the fries after the first frying to get rid of excess oil. Don’t skip this step!)