Peanut oil is excellent for frying and is often used in Asian countries. Peanut oil is offered in several varieties, such as refined, unrefined, cold pressed, and roasted varieties. The roasted peanut oil with a strong peanut flavor, similar to sesame oil, is usually used for an added flavor.
Peanut Oil Health Benefits
Peanut oil is one of the healthiest oils. It is a vegetable oil that is naturally trans fat-free, cholesterol free, and low in saturated fats. Peanut oil is high in unsaturated fats, especially monounsaturated fat, like olive oil. It is also a source of the antioxidant, vitamin E and phytosterols, which benefits heart-health. Peanut oil is recommended by the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines and The American Heart Association as the healthy vegetable oil.
Peanut Oil Uses
Peanut oil can be used both for general cooking and for added flavor. Peanut oil is also suited for frying as it’s high smoke point. Peanut oil smokes at approximately 435 degrees Fahrenheit, which means that it can hold up to the high temperatures required for frying most foods. Peanut oil does not absorb flavors from the foods that fried in it. So variety of food can be fried in the same batch of oil without cross contamination of flavors. Peanut oil has been widely used in large scale food operations where several food types are cooked in a fryer before the oil is replaced.
How to Store Peanut Oil
You can store the peanut oil in a tightly sealed bottle or container in a cool, dark place away from heat and light, that will keep peanut oil stay fresh for one to two years. The refrigerator is the best choice. That is also good for monounsaturates in peanut oil.
The peanut oil can be used more than once, so you can store it after frying. The used peanut oil also should be stored in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place. But you must ensure that it has cooled down completely before storage.
For the overheating peanut oil, which has past the smoke point, you should filter out the food particles in it. That will help maintain its freshness. Then store it in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place. Once opened or used, peanut oil should be used within six months.
How To Make Peanut Oil
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