Is Your Cooking Oil Dangerous to Use?

Sautéing and deep frying are the key to making some of America’s most favorite tasty dishes. Fried foods may be delicious, but frying foods can pose a danger to you and your home. Frying poses the biggest risk when you heat the oil to over 380 degrees F. This is the amount of heat that begins to cause oils to break down.

Every oil has a temperature at which it begins to smoke, called a smoke point, but each one is different. The more refined the oil, the higher the temperature it will stand. Standard cooking oil smokes at a much higher rate than extra virgin olive oil, for instance. No matter what the type of oil you use, never try to put out an oil fire with water. Use an oven mitt to place a lid over the pan, or pour salt on top to smother the flames.

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