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Posted by: balletomane, Sunday, September 18, 2011, 4:35am
I'm considering buying some walnut oil because it is a diamond on my SWAMI and I have once tasted it on my salad... boy, was it good! There are different types out there--toasted, cold-pressed, organic, non-GMO... Does it matter so much if I choose the non-organic for walnut oil? What about toasted vs. plain?

Also, does anyone know the smoking point for this type of oil? I have heard that people use it for sautee and baking. Just wondering if it is safe.
Posted by: shoulderblade, Sunday, September 18, 2011, 4:46am; Reply: 1
I am not sure what the smoking point is although it is generally used only with cold dishes. Apparently when it is heated it loses flavour, nutritional value and takes on a bitter taste.

You might be limited as to what you will be able to purchase as it is a little expensive and not too commonly used. Organic would be best if you can get it.
Posted by: brinyskysail, Sunday, September 18, 2011, 4:54am; Reply: 2
My bottle of walnut oil says, "Suitable for medium-high heat:  Perfect for sauteing, baking, dipping, dessings/sauces, or drizzling on a finished dish".  I never use it for heated things like baking or sauteing, but it's so good.  Personally  I get roasted walnut oil because the flavor is so much better.  I bought unroasted once and couldn't even eat it :P  I gave it to my mom.
Posted by: balletomane, Sunday, September 18, 2011, 4:58am; Reply: 3
Thanks for your replies!

Brinyskysail, what is the brand of your toasted walnut oil?
Posted by: brinyskysail, Sunday, September 18, 2011, 5:05am; Reply: 4
It's La Tourangelle - the tastiest brand I've found so far.
Posted by: balletomane, Sunday, September 18, 2011, 5:13am; Reply: 5
Oh, thanks a lot! I read some reviews on this brand vs. another one, Moulin de Marie (French import). Someone said some batches of La Tourangelle taste bitter whereas the Moulin brand gives a consistently mild taste. Have you ever run into the bitter batches? I have a hard time choosing coz these are sold in packs of 3 tins and I have to ship them overseas... need to make the wisest choice for my bucks ;)
Posted by: brinyskysail, Sunday, September 18, 2011, 5:51am; Reply: 6
I've never had a problem with La Tourangelle.  It's the best brand of walnut, almond, and sesame oils I've ever had.  I've never had Moulin de Marie, though, so I can't compare.
Posted by: balletomane, Sunday, September 18, 2011, 6:02am; Reply: 7
Thank you again, brinyskysail. Glad to hear that esp because La Tourangelle is cheaper  ;)
Posted by: brinyskysail, Sunday, September 18, 2011, 6:03am; Reply: 8
Hope you enjoy it :)
Posted by: san j, Sunday, September 18, 2011, 6:03am; Reply: 9
Store it in the refrigerator.  ;)
Posted by: balletomane, Sunday, September 18, 2011, 6:06am; Reply: 10
Good tip! It is a must in this hot climate  :)
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