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Okay, time to give me your opinion. At Trader Joe's the other day I got into a conversation with 2 other women about using olive oil in baking items instead of vegetable oil. They both said they have
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Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/5/2011 1:06 PM EDT
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SIDE NOTE: The ladies at the market who told me about baking with olive oil did say to use a plain olive oil, not extra virgin. I do use the extra virgin for stir-fry and salad dressings, etc. but will try plain for baking.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/5/2011 1:44 PM EDT
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I never tried using Olive Oil in my baking receipes - I know that Vegetable Oil works.  So why try something that I am not sure of and spoil the receipe.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/5/2011 2:53 PM EDT
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Olive oil comes in a variety of intensities of flavor.  I prefer the light & extra light - that refers to flavor not calories.  My son and his wife like the flavor of the more "intense" oils.
I recently read that cannola oil (I have been using that for a long tme) is perhaps not as healthy as we have been told previously.  It seems to be something in the processing that is less than desirable.  Hmm who can you believe?
I do cook and bake with olive oil with execellent results.  However, for my recipes handed down from grandma I use whatever she wrote down - butter for the most part.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/5/2011 6:18 PM EDT
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I am leaning with not in baking!  I would like to hear from Nikki, Barbara B, Gale,
Judy O, Ann and a few others before I start leaning the other way!!

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/5/2011 7:24 PM EDT
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I have used olive oil in baking.  Not the full flavor oil that I like with bread but the lighter oil.
I have seen a recipe for an olive oil cake that does use a stronger flavored oil.
For cookies and brownies I use butter.  Cakes that call for oil I do use olive oil.  I don't have any other oil in the house (WD-40 doesn't count does it?)

As far as health benefits I think the olive oil is a mono-unsaturated oil so that is healthier than poly-unsaturated oils.  That said I use so little oil that I doubt that it would make much of a difference in my diet.  I will not give up butter for baking cookies and brownies though.

I also do substitute fruit or some vegetable purees in place of oil in some recipes.  Banana, pumpkin, carrot all make good substitutes for oil in many recipes.  In a banana bread I will add more banana and cut way back on the oil.  I will also drain the banana before measuring and adding to the bread batter.  That gets rid of a lot of the water and increases the banana flavor.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/6/2011 3:11 AM EDT
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Nikki,  WD-40 does not count!!! lol lol  Thank you for the info! I will not give up butter
for cookies and brownies either.  I made the sticky ginger squares on Sat. and they
were very yummy! Thank you and another great recipe!

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/6/2011 8:10 AM EDT
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I made the best fried potatoes and they where brown and crispy and it was the best .

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/9/2011 9:49 AM EDT
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I cook and bake with canola oil and light olive oil.I don't think the light olive oil leaves any flavor.Extra virgin olive oil is for salad dressing and for dipping bread in,there is a very distinct flavor in EVOO.I'm making Tahini today and that calls for EVOO.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/9/2011 11:05 AM EDT
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I cook with butter .... if a recipe call for oil I use canola (it's the only one I buy).
Shopping yesterday I planned to buy a small bottle of oilve oil so I could try to learn something.
There we so many, too many, kinds of that stuff.  I didn't buy any.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/9/2011 12:30 PM EDT
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With everything on the market it is hard what to pick out to use for baking, etc.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/9/2011 1:14 PM EDT
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You need a lot of time when buying olive oil.  There's so many brands, sizes and types it is hard to know what to get.  I use olive oil for stir frying but never tried it for baking.  I think the light flavored one should be fine for baking, but some of the more intense ones might add a flavor you don't want.
I think butter is best for cookies, but I use oil in my mother's brownie recipe.  It called for shortening.  I use less oil than the amount of shortening and they come out great.

The other thing about olive oil for baking is that it is a lot more expensive than canola.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/9/2011 5:19 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil:
I cook and bake with canola oil and light olive oil.I don't think the light olive oil leaves any flavor.Extra virgin olive oil is for salad dressing and for dipping bread in,there is a very distinct flavor in EVOO.I'm making Tahini today and that calls for EVOO.
Posted by gale g


Gale,  Wow that's cool!  You are making Tahini!! Do you have a recipe for it or do you just toss it
together without measuring? Do you add anything else besides the sesame seeds and EVOO?
When I make my jalapeno and cilantro hummus, I never measure but taste test until I get the
flavor that I want! Our friends from AZ are coming here for the 4th of July weekend and are
bringing us a bottle of Olive Oil infused with Roasted Garlic from Queen Creek Olive Mill. That
is so awesome for dipping bread. I can hardly wait. Yum! Yum!

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/9/2011 6:32 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil:
In Response to Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil : Gale,  Wow that's cool!  You are making Tahini!! Do you have a recipe for it or do you just toss it together without measuring? Do you add anything else besides the sesame seeds and EVOO? When I make my jalapeno and cilantro hummus, I never measure but taste test until I get the flavor that I want! Our friends from AZ are coming here for the 4th of July weekend and are bringing us a bottle of Olive Oil infused with Roasted Garlic from Queen Creek Olive Mill. That is so awesome for dipping bread. I can hardly wait. Yum! Yum!
Posted by Carol P


I do measure with this one to make the tahini,I toasted 1 cup of sesame seeds in a 350* oven for about 15 mins.I stir it often so it doesn't get too toasted.Let it cool down a little and put it in a food processor or blender, it will go from like a powder to lumpy then smooth like peanut butter add the EVOO when it's lumpy and process until smooth.So it's 1 cup of sesame seeds to 1/4 cup EVOO.That's it,it will store for up to 4 weeks in the frige.To make Tahini Hummus drain a can of garbonzo beans also know as chick peas reserve 1/4 cup of the liquid,place the chick peas in food processor along with 2 cloves minced garlic,3 tablespoons of lemon juice,1/2 teas.salt,1 1/2 Tablspoons of tahini,process until smooth and add the liquid from the chick peas and continue processing until it's all blended.Serve with toasted pita bread.I'm sure that oil is wonderful,my son will eat a whole loaf of italian bread with oil and spices.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/9/2011 7:08 PM EDT
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I have to agree with Ruth Ann.  Some olive oils have a lighter taste than others which I have found by switching brands a number of times.  Having used olive oil once to make brownies I didn't taste any difference between that and vegetable oil.

Please let us know how it turns out Verlee.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/9/2011 7:12 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil:
In Response to Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil : I do measure with this one to make the tahini,I toasted 1 cup of sesame seeds in a 350* oven for about 15 mins.I stir it often so it doesn't get too toasted.Let it cool down a little and put it in a food processor or blender, it will go from like a powder to lumpy then smooth like peanut butter add the EVOO when it's lumpy and process until smooth.So it's 1 cup of sesame seeds to 1/4 cup EVOO.That's it,it will store for up to 4 weeks in the frige.To make Tahini Hummus drain a can of garbonzo beans also know as chick peas reserve 1/4 cup of the liquid,place the chick peas in food processor along with 2 cloves minced garlic,3 tablespoons of lemon juice,1/2 teas.salt,1 1/2 Tablspoons of tahini,process until smooth and add the liquid from the chick peas and continue processing until it's all blended.Serve with toasted pita bread.I'm sure that oil is wonderful,my son will eat a whole loaf of italian bread with oil and spices.
Posted by gale g


Gale, Thank you for the recipe! I will be making my hummus next Wed., Wed. morning I will be going
to Sprouts to buy the sesame seeds. All their bulk items are 25% off thru next Wed. Lucky timing for
this one!! I got a lot of spices yesterday on the 1st day of their sale!  We leave next Thurs. for 4 days
of camping so I have to have everything ready Wed.  Thank you so much for this recipe.  Your son is
as bad as my husband, I'm afraid that he will polish off the whole bottle of garlic olive oil in 1 sitting. Smile

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/9/2011 7:17 PM EDT
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I use olive oil for sauteing, and other basic types of cooking, but not for baking.  Extra Virgin Olive oil should be used for foods that are not cooked i.e. salad dressings.  I have always heard that you shouldn't waste EVOO (as Rachael Ray calls it) on cooked foods, as one of its properties is flavor which is lost in the cooking process.
As for baking I almost always use butter, but if the recipe calls for oil I use canola.  I know there are certain recipes that are meant to use olive oil...I have heard of an olive oil pound cake.  Personally, I think most baking recipes benefit from the flavor of butter.  As far as healthy cooking goes, perhaps olive oil is better, but as Paula Deen says "I'm your chef, not your doctor"  Will the use of olive oil add years to your life?  I have no idea, but I have my doubts.  One thing don't use olive oil for deep frying as it has a lower smoking point than canola or best of all peanut oil.  Just my opinions!!

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/9/2011 8:16 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil:
I cook and bake with canola oil and light olive oil.I don't think the light olive oil leaves any flavor.Extra virgin olive oil is for salad dressing and for dipping bread in,there is a very distinct flavor in EVOO.I'm making Tahini today and that calls for EVOO.
Posted by gale g


I always use butter for baking I will never give this up,I use canola or light olive oil only if the recipe states to use oil.Smile 

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/9/2011 8:31 PM EDT
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Well - I did it.  Tonight I bought the smallest bottle of plain olive oil -not extra light or extra anything. The very next time i bake anything that calls for oil, I'll use that instead of my usual canola oil.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/9/2011 11:16 PM EDT
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I cook with Olive Oil, but don't think I will bake with it. Too heavy and strong. I use Canola or Applesauce.

Re: Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil

posted at 6/26/2011 2:17 PM EDT
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I made breakfast muffins this morning using regular olive oil, instead of vegetable oil, and they were wonderful. Could not taste any difference, and they baked up perfectly.
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