Grapeseed oil is extracted from the seeds of grapes, to make matters simple. Let me acquaint you to the fact that seeds are discarded to facilitate the wine making process. This discarded product can have an extraordinary use and that is, to be used in cooking. The market for grapeseed oil has picked up drastically, as grapeseed has been in demand since the onset of twentieth century. There are so many stores in the market that are proficient in selling the byproduct in its pure form for various purposes. Grapeseeds that have been discarded are known to yield small amounts of oil, thus the oil is extracted through the use of chemical processes.
The chemical extraction of the grapeseed oil makes the oil affordable to the masses and makes the availability and affordability convenient. Though the chemical extraction can bring about the change in the flavors, the process makes the oil more prevalent. The oil is light in appearance and has a typical nuttiness to the flavor. It is a polyunsaturated oil and contains compounds such as linoleic acid that is known to take care of your health.
There are two extremely important and primary uses of grapeseed oil. It is most prevalent in culinary wizardry and is also known to have a prowess in cosmetic corrections. When you purchase this oil it is important that you pick a bottle or container that has a clear indication of it belonging to the food grade. If there are stabilizers used in the oil, it is mandatory that you resort to give up the product as the oil may be harmful for consumption. If you choose to buy grapeseed oil, it is to your advantage to store the oil in a cool and dark place. If you are rare on your usage of this oil, it would be best to store it in the refrigerator.
- Cooking with grapeseed oil may help lower cholesterol. This oil prove to be extremely good for your health and your heart, as it lowers LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), and increased HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).
- It is packed with vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid, and oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes. They are essential antioxidants that have the properties to destroy free radicals that have the potential to cause harm to the body. Thus, grape seed extract substantially increases levels of antioxidants in the body marking the body have a strong immunity system.
- This oil starts to smoke at 420°F, thus, having a high smoking point. Extra virgin olive oil, safflower oil, and canola oil have lower smoke points. Having lower levels of smoking points makes the oil less desirable to continue cooking on high temperatures.
- Stir frying, sautéing, and roasting are conducted in grapeseed oil due to its high smoking point, thus being highly desirable.
- This oil has a lighter flavor than other oils. This neutral taste makes it a good base for salad dressings and baking. The neutral flavor allows the inherent flavors of the food to come through.
- You could make tasty and healthy garlic bread. Slice french bread into halves. Brush a thin layer of this oil on the inside of the bread. Sprinkle minced garlic and parsley to taste on top of the oil coated bread. Bake in the oven at 350°F for 10 minutes.
- Make avocado mayonnaise with grapeseed oil. How? Well, here is the recipe. Blend 1 avocado, the lemon juice, salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper together in a food processor. Blend it well. Slowly add ¼ cup of oil to the mixture, intermittently, into the food processor and keep blending. Blend until the mixture is fully mixed and smooth.
- You could also use this oil for salad dressings or you could apply a thin coat of the oil on vegetables and barbecue them.
So you could go ahead with these recipes and get cooking with grapeseed oil right away. Your platters taste as delicious and tempting as they sound!