Can You Mix Vegetable Oil And Canola Oil

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If you run out of oil, it could make or break the dish that you are making. Knowing if you can mix vegetable oil and canola oil could not only save your recipe but could actually add beneficial nutrients to your meal.

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Can You Mix Two Types Of Oil When Frying?

The quick answer is yes, you can mix two types of oils when frying food. Vegetable oil itself is a mixture of a few different oils that are all made from natural ingredients.

Canola oil is made from the canola plant. It is a neutral cooking oil that produces a very neutral flavor to your food. Canola oil is very low in saturated fats and has lots of health benefits as it contains a range of vitamins and minerals. 

Vegetable oil can contain a concoction of other oils depending on which brand you buy. Some vegetable oils will contain avocado oil and flaxseed oil while others may add sunflower oil and olive oil. Vegetable oil is a great source of healthy fats that are beneficial for our health.

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Why Is Canola And Vegetable Oil Bad?

There are a few disadvantages of canola oil.

Canola is a highly refined oil. Therefore it does not contain enough nutrients to be overly beneficial to health unless you purchase a canola oil that has not been so refined. Rich in vitamins E and K, canola oil may still not be a reliable and good source of these nutrients as the oil is very refined. Canola oil may also contain small amounts of trans fats, which can be very harmful to health and should be avoided in food.

There are a range of vegetable oils that can be very high in omega-6 fatty acids, but thus very much depends on what the vegetable oil is made up from. Even though omega-6 fatty acids sounds like it could be good for you, if you consume too much omega-6 fatty acids, it can lead to a lot of health issues. Too much intake of omega-6 fatty acids can lead to inflammation in the body which can go on to create diseases and illness.

Can You Mix Vegetable Oil And Canola Oil When Frying

Yes, mixing both canola oil and vegetable oil is easy. They are perfect for frying food. It is easier than you think to blend the two oils. By combining the two in your cooking you get the health benefits from both of them.

As mentioned, vegetable oil is a mixture of different oils, such as sunflower oil and olive oil. Therefore adding another oil to that mixture will not be difficult. Vegetable oil contains oils such as olive oil that have a high smoke point. The high smoke point is around 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This high smoke point makes vegetable oil perfect for high heat frying.

Canola oil also has a high smoke point, meaning it will mix when with vegetable oil. The smoking point of canola oil is higher than vegetable oil. Canola oil also has more nutritional value than vegetable oil, making it beneficial to add canola oil to vegetable oil to get as many benefits as possible.

Here is a simple step by step recipe to fry food with both canola oil and vegetable oil:

You will need:

  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons of canola oil 
  • 1 small mixing owl 
  • 1 frying pan 
  • your food of choice they you would like to fry 

How to Fry with Canola and Vegetable Oil:

  • Step 1: Use a small mixing bowl and place 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and 3 tablespoons of canola oil into the small mixing bowl.
  • Step 2: Combine the oils so they have mixed completely.
  • Step 3: Preheat your frying pan to a medium to high heat and add the vegetable oil and canola oil mixture.
  • Step 4: Allow the pan to reach medium high temperature and add your food of choice to the pan to fry.
  • Step 5: The pan will be very hot. The two oils together will be great for frying at a high temperature. Make sure to keep stirring your food in the pan while it is frying.

Can You Mix Vegetable Oil And Canola Oil When Baking

Even though you can easily mix both canola oil and inevitable oil when frying and cooking, it may not be that simple when baking.

Both canola oil and vegetable oil have their own unique taste. If you mix the two oils in baking recipes, your bake may taste a bit odd.

Even though vegetable oil and canola oil do taste different from each other, they should produce a very neutral flavor in baking. This is not a promise as it does depend on what you are baking and mixing the oils with. It may be easier to bake with canola oil and vegetable oil when you are making something quite strong in taste. For example, chocolate cake. The cocoa powder used in the recipe will mask any flavor that comes from the vegetable oil or canola oil. 

Both Canola oil and vegetable oil is a good choice of oil to use when you are baking. They are both low in artery-clogging saturated fat. This means they are a healthier oil to bake with than other oils on the market.

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Can You Mix Canola And Vegetable Oil For Deep Frying

If you are wanting to mix both vegetable oil and canola oil to deep fry this is possible. There are two reasons you could possibly want to mix oils.

The first is that you do not have enough of the first oil. You therefore need to make up the amount of oil needed.

The second reason could be that you would like to have both benefits of the two oils, both in taste and nutrition. As both canola oil and vegetable oil are plant-derived oils, they can be mixed. It also helps that both canola oil and vegetable oil have a high smoke point. So they can easily work together when deep frying your food.

Mix Away!

You can mix vegetable and canola oil. They both have high smoke points and can be interchangeable with each other. There are not many downsides to adding canola oil to your vegetable oil as they blend together nicely.

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