Su Fairchild, MD from the University of Kansas Medical Center claims that cooking with grapeseed oil is a useful addition to a healthy kitchen.
The benefits of cooking with grapeseed oil
1. High temperatures possibility. Grapeseed oil has a high smoke point. It stays stable until minimum 385F without releasing toxins. The more the oil is refined the higher smoking point it has. Thus, some grapeseed oil brands can stay the temperature up to 430F.
2. The mild, nearly neutral flavor of the oil in comparison to other oils. So cooking with grapeseed oil allows the flavor of other ingredients to come through. Just a hint of grapeseed oil nuttiness is especially beneficial for bakery, grilled vegetables and salad dressings.
3. The rich content of the oil. Grapeseed oil is very healthy as it contains powerful antioxidants (oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes, proanthrocyanidins), flavonoids, fatty acids and Vitamin E (read more about grapeseed oil nutrtion data). Health benefits of cooking with grapeseed oil include reducing “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and increasing “good” (HDL) cholesterol (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2010)
4. The vast range of cooking applications. Due to its versatility grapeseed oil is good for deep frying, baking, sautéing and lower-temperature use (salad dressing, marinades).
How to use grapeseed oil for some dishes
Meat and fish
Grapeseed oil helps retain moisture in meat. For broiling or grilling steaks, chicken or fish: take a tablespoon of grapeseed oil; add your favorite seasonings; rub the mixture over the surface of a product.
Brushed on a slice of bread grapeseed oil will help create a crispy texture. For even better taste add optional toppings: cheese, tomato, chopped olives, etc.
Salad dressings, sauces, marinades
In these grapeseed oil is excellent due to its very light nutty flavor that allows herbs and spices to show off. Also, the oil has good emulsifying properties which are highly beneficial for dressings and sauces.
Grapeseed oil is a good choice for sautéing vegetables as it has a high smoke point and a mild flavor that won’t overpower food. Also, the oil can be the compound of a dip for fresh vegetables on a platter.
Grapeseed oil works well when baking pans are coated with it. The oil can be added instead of dairy butter to the cake mix. That will reduce the amount of consumed saturated fats.
As Dr. Weil warns that it is very important to pay attention to the extraction methods in order to get true benefits of cooking with grapeseed oil (find out all benefits of grapeseed oil). No chemicals must be used for the deriving of the oil. Look for organic grapeseed oil that is expeller pressed and cold pressed grapeseed oil which do not contain hexane or gasoline.
Grapeseed oil should be stored in a cool, dark place and it is recommended keeping it no more than a month.