Cooking with hemp seed oil has increased in popularity. It has quickly become a popular dietary supplement both for its physical well-being and nutritional benefits. Hemp seed oil has both beauty and culinary applications. There are so many ways this oil can be used but the best way is to ingest it where you would receive the most potent dosage delivered to your body. If the texture or flavour isn’t to your liking or what you were looking for, incorporating it into foods that you are cooking is a lot easier than you may think. So, let’s take a look into how you cook with hemp seed oil.
Common types of Cooking Oils
When it comes to cooking oils there are so many different types of oils on the market today. Not all cooking oils can be used the same way, there are different shelf life, nutritional values, and temperatures. Some of them are similar however with the differences it can lead to a cooking disaster. Here is a list of some of the common types of cooking oil.
Rapeseed oil is packed with all the important essential fatty acids, energy, and fat-soluble vitamins. Chefs across Ireland use rapeseed oil for cooking. It is a must-have ingredient for its neutral flavour and can be used in many culinary recipes. It is a rich source of vitamin E which helps in reducing the risk of heart disease. It is also free from cholesterol. Rapeseed oil has a pleasant but delicate taste which means it can be consumed cold and served as a dip or a dressing. It can also be heated and used in deep frying, roasting, baking, or shallow frying.
Vegetable oil on the market today is generally a blend of corn, soybean, canola, palm, sunflower, and safflower oils. Vegetable oils are processed and refined which means they can lack some flavour and nutrients. Vegetable oil has a neutral taste and smell and has a cooking smoke point of about 400 degrees Celsius but it can sometimes vary depending on the cooking oil itself. It is good when used for frying and sautéing.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil is not refined which makes it a better-quality oil. When the olives are pressed and the oil is extracted you end up with a robust flavour extra virgin olive oil. This oil contains some polyunsaturated fatty acids and a large amount of monounsaturated fats. Olive oil has a low smoke point compared to other cooking oils so its best cooked at low to medium heat. Cooking experts believe that extra virgin olive oil is one of the most healthy and versatile oil to cook and eat with. It will enhance both intricate and simple recipes with its well balanced and full flavour.
Beef dripping is free from oils or chemicals and is low in artificial trans fats. It contains only what you need to make tasty food. Beef dripping is de-odourised and refined which contains a natural anti-oxidant that gives both good shelf life and fry life. Make chips crispy and dry on the outside and fluffy and soft on the inside with a classic flavour. Beef dripping is high in polyunsaturated fats and low in saturates.
Coconut oil has many different benefits and uses some including your hair, skin, and food. Coconut oil should be cooked with moderate heat and it is ideal for roasting and sautéing. The fats in coconut oil convert more easily to energy than other fats, curbing the appetite, aiding weight loss, and boosting metabolism.
What is Hemp Seed Oil?
Hemp seed oil comes from the raw small seeds of the cannabis Sativa plant. They are unrefined and cold-pressed. The seeds are rich in fatty acids, nutrients, and useful bioactive compounds. Unrefined hemp oil is dark to clear light green in colour with a flavour of nuts to it. No other vegetable oil offers essential fatty acids at such high concentrations. Hemp has the ideal 3:1 Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio which can help with many different skin issues, can heal skin cells, reduce cholesterol, and may even prevent skin cancer.
Hemp seed oil taste
Hemp oil has an earthy nutty taste which would add a great element to many different recipes. Due to its strong flavour, it wouldn’t be suitable for anything delicate or sweet which may overpower the other flavours. Mixing it with a milder oil in a sweet salad dressing would work a treat.