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Not all cooking oils are created equal. They vary in performance, flavor, and nutrition! Some oils are ideal for cooking at high temperatures, and others are better for imparting flavor and depth to your dish.

One of the most important things to consider is how an oil has been processed because this will affect performance and flavor during cooking. Labels stating ‘virgin’ or ‘extra virgin’ suggest the oil has been minimally processed, without the use of chemicals. ‘Cold-pressed’ means the oil has been extracted without heat and results in a more nutritious finished product. Unrefined oils are extracted and then simply filtered to remove impurities. This means they retain much more of their nutritional value, and the minimal processing results in a better tasting dish. Here are some of our most popular oils for cooking with notes on what they’re best used for!