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Four Uses for Soybean Oil

Jun 16, 2010

Soybean oil is the perfect alternative to olive and canola oils. It happens to be one of the most widely used oils in products found throughout the world. For example, you will find that most margarine products contain soybean oil. Other products, such as mayonnaise, baked goods and salad dressings may contain soybean oil as well. The oil has very little taste which makes it easy to incorporate into a number of dishes without compromising the taste. Furthermore, soybean oil can easily be used with other oils and fats in a recipe without any problems.

Stir Fry Meals

Instead of using vegetable or canola oil for stir frying vegetables, consider using soybean oil instead. It will create a nice light taste so that when soy sauce or sesame oil is used, those tastes are not overwhelmed by the oil. In fact, stir fry meals that are prepared with soybean oil end up tasting more like they're from a chic restaurant than when prepared with other kinds of oils. Include vegetables such as broccoli, corn, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions and garlic and the result is a super healthy meal the whole family will love.

Salad Dressings

Using soybean oil to make salad dressing is easy. Consider simply mixing two parts soybean oil and one part red wine vinegar together. Then add a couple of chopped garlic cloves, about a tablespoon of chopped ginger and some fresh basil to the oil blend. Squeeze in a little fresh citrus (a lemon, a lime or even an orange will work) to taste and, for some excitement, complete the dressing with black pepper, cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes depending on how spicy you want it to be.

Baking

For a healthier version of cakes, cinnamon rolls or homemade bread, consider replacing some of the butter or shortening a recipe might call for with soybean oil. The results mean fewer calories, less saturated fat, and just as good a taste if you hadn’t made revisions at all. In fact, you might find that certain recipes like chocolate chip cookies end up with an incredibly moist texture. And since the oil has such little taste, it allows for the natural flavors of fruits, chocolate and other ingredients to come through.

Dips

Are you planning on making dip for some chips or vegetables? Try adding soybean oil to spinach dip or ranch dip for added creaminess. Additionally, you can make a light and simple dip for breads by simply incorporating spices into the oil.

As you can see, soybean oil can be used in place of just about any kind of fat or oil on the market, without sacrificing taste, density or quality of the foods you prepare at home. Experimenting with the oil can turn up all kinds of wonderful possibilities in the kitchen, and can help keep your family’s hearts healthy at the same time.

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