How to choose the right oil for the job
"Oily" food has become so synonymous with "unhealthy" that entire generations of people now believe it acceptable to cook pancakes dry in a non-stick pan. Perfectly well-meaning souls use "lite" dressing as a marinade.
Practically speaking, oil is a much better medium for conducting cooking heat than air, and it helps caramelize the cooked surface of food, giving it a pleasingly crisp mouthfeel. The taste and texture of oils can influence the food just as much as the seasonings, so it pays to carefully consider your options.
Listed below are several oils you may want to consider using, and a few to avoid. Whenever possible, we've sourced nutritional information to help you make the right choices for your diet, as well as provide some background information on what all these different kinds of fats do.