Until recently, rapeseed oil was underestimated in the kitchen. It has been gaining in popularity for some time and is now called by some the "oil of the north". The oil is extracted from the black seeds of the plant, which in spring delights with its beautiful yellow flowers on rapeseed fields. It turns out that it is not worse than olive oil, which is so popular in the kitchen.
Rapeseed oil can be obtained in two forms: as unrefined or refined rapeseed oil. Unrefined oil - cold-pressed - thanks to which it retains the maximum content of pro-healthy ingredients (vitamins, mineral salts, sterols). It is darker and has a characteristic bitter-sour taste. Ideal for salads or as an addition to pastes, sandwiches and all kinds of dishes served cold.
The refined version of rapeseed oil has a more neutral smell and taste, and the colour is lighter, more golden. This type of rapeseed oil is ideal for hot dishes. Thanks to the fact that it has a so called high smoke point, you can fry or bake on it without fear. It does not change the taste of dishes, so it can be used for lunch dishes as well as for sweet cakes without fear.
Rapeseed oil can also be successfully used in children as a substitute for butter in soups and puree from the age of 6 months. The taste of the oil will be perfectly enriched with interesting additives such as garlic, basil, chilli or dried tomatoes. Suitable for salads, salads, fish and meat, as well as a base for home made mayonnaise.
An additional advantage is that it can be easily drained off using ordinary parchment or paper towels.
The production of 1 litre of rapeseed oil requires 3 kg of rapeseed. The oil composition has evolved over the years. For about 20 years, only and exclusive varieties that are free of erucic acid, which is harmful to health, have been cultivated. Modern rapeseed oil contains many valuable acids such as oleic, linolenic or linoleic.
The composition and health benefits of rapeseed oil are extremely similar to olive oil. In addition, rapeseed oil contains more omega 3 fatty acids than oil, so it was wrongly considered worse for a long time.
Rape grows best in temperate climates in countries such as France, Germany - the largest producers in the European Union. Canada, India and China also produce a lot of it.
rapeseed oil - kitchen inspiration
When looking for kitchen oils in exotic countries - do not forget about the precious and wonderful domestic rapeseed oil. It will be perfect for traditional dishes, such as pork stuffed with plum - a classic and safe dish for an elegant family dinner, or for preparing sirloins.
Not only in traditional cuisine, but also in new experiments will work perfectly well. He will compose interestingly with racuchi from buckwheat groats with goulash. As an addition to the béchamel in azuania in Greek will also be ideal.
Nuggets with coconut is a great choice for the biggest non-addies among children, where oil will also be useful!