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No Ordinary Oil

If you love experimenting with new ingredients, these oils deserve a whirl in your kitchen

Fine Cooking Issue 78
Photo: Scott Phillips
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Republic of Tea Stir Fry Tea Oil
17 oz. for $14.50 at Republicoftea.com

This oil piqued our interest because of its unusual source: tea seeds. But it doesn’t taste like tea; it has a neutral flavor that’s well suited to cooking, so we gave it a spin to see if it could hold up to high heat. We’re happy to say that it did, beautifully—a test stir-fry left our kitchen practically smoke-free.

La Tourangelle Toasted Sesame Oil
$12.99 for 500 ml at Igourmet.com

Some Asian sesame oils can hit you over the head with their heavy, muddy flavor, so we were pleased with the surprisingly light, clean flavor and mouth-feel of this one. Its fresh toastiness would give a great boost to any Asian stir-fry, noodle dish, or soup.

Cuisine Perel White Truffle Grapeseed Oil
$14.99 for 6.5 oz. at Cardullos.com. Also available at Whole Foods Markets.

With its high smoke point, grapeseed oil is a standout for sautéing. But this oil from Cuisine Perel comes with a bonus: a touch of white truffle flavor that makes it delicious in a mayonnaise or scrambled eggs.

J. Leblanc Pecan Oil
$30.95 for 8 oz. at Gourmetcountry.com or $33 at Earthy.com.

Sure, you’ve seen walnut oil and hazelnut oil around, but pecan oil? We recently discovered J. Leblanc’s version, and we’re glad we did—it’s toasty, aromatic, and tastes very pecan-y. For a nice change of pace, set aside your walnut oil and whisk some of this into your next vinaigrette.


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