Just like my relationship wavers with yogurt, I have done the same with oil. For years, I used 100% extra virgin olive oil whenever I could as it's much healthier for you than vegetable or canola oil. Then, I read several articles that claim when olive oil is heated it releases cancer causing carcinogens. Naturally, I freaked out and searched and searched for an alternative. I introduce to you: Coconut Oil. It's delightful! I have found it's cheapest at Trader Joe's.
I used it for my own omelettes and different things for a week or so and then one night I used it to make shredded sweet potato hash browns. I took a bite and it was delicious! I was so happy to have found coconut oil. Then...Josh spoke up. He could taste the coconut and he doesn't like coconut. Back to square one I went. I couldn't argue with him; it does have a distinct coconut flavor. I continued to use coconut oil in dishes that he wouldn't be able to taste it, but I still didn't have my "go to" oil for when I needed to heat it.
As I mentioned in a previous blog post, we had such a great time in Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl. We enjoyed some very tasty food, the family time was memorable, and we met lots of great people. Furthermore, I found my oil! I know, weird, right? Our last day in Arizona was a Sunday and every Sunday the resort we were staying at has a farmer's market. My parents and I decided to go check it out and see what an Arizona farmer's markets entailed. Little did I know I would hit the jackpot!
As we walked around I saw this stand and made a beeline for it. I was chatting up a storm with Keith (the nice man pictured above) in a jiffy. He told me ALL about his avocado oil and I was intrigued. He let me sample some and I was SOLD. In fact, you are reading the blog of the newest member of the sales team for Storino's Quality Products. Just kidding, but I'd totally do it. I believe in it that much!
Aside from all the health factors, it doesn't taste like avocado. Which, is a bit of a shame, because avocados are one of my main food groups. However, this fact makes it perfect for cooking anything! I get abnormally excited about things like this and Keith was happy to answer all my questions. Here's what I learned:
*The smoke point of avocado oil is the highest of all plant oils at 520 degrees. (Olive oil is 350 degrees) I'm psyched about this!
*Since it's made from 100% avocado's it's also rich in monounsaturated fats (the good fat from avocados), it's rich in antioxidants, and has vitamins A, E, D and potassium.
*This particular brand I purchased uses Ahuacatian avocados and they are from the region in Mexico where the best avocados are grown-Michoacan, Mexico.
Are you ready to buy some yet? You won't regret it!
You can purchase bottles directly from their website or if you have a World Market in your area they carry it.
Thankfully, I had the good sense to purchase the biggest bottle there because I'm obsessed and going through my bottle at rapid speed. It was the perfect way to end a spectacular trip to the desert. The pamphlet I got with my purchase says it perfectly:
"What do you do with Avocado oil?"
"It's great from Sizzle to Drizzle."
*I still use my olive oil for homemade salad dressing and different things, but I stick to the avocado oil whenever I'm heating to a high temperature. Coconut oil is another oil that can reach a high temperature before burning and is another great choice-I prefer the avocado oil for the neutral taste.