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10-04-2009, 01:01 PM
Which is better for sauteing vegetables?

10-04-2009, 01:11 PM
I use 1 Tbsp BUTTER & 1 Tbsp EVOO...NO MARGARINE!:eek:

10-04-2009, 01:14 PM
I ♥ butter :D

Thighs Be Gone
10-04-2009, 01:16 PM
I know you didn't ask about it but I really like fat-free cooking spray. Otherwise, I use olive oil.

10-04-2009, 01:22 PM
Thank you! I was leaning towards the EVOO, but doubted at the last minute. Glad to know I was right.

I've never tried the cooking spray before with vegi's, I might give that a try.

10-04-2009, 01:35 PM
When I sautee "soft" veggies like spinach I use cooking spray. If I am sauteeing something that takes a little more time, I actually start it off by steaming in the saute pan with just a bit of water. Once the veggies are almost soft, and the water has evaporated I spray with cooking spray and finish them.

Otherwise, EVOO is so much healthier it isn't even funny,
But if you like the buttery taste, go with half butter, half EVOO.

10-04-2009, 02:13 PM
If it's either/or, I go with EVOO. I don't use margarine for anything.


Thighs Be Gone
10-04-2009, 02:15 PM
I never used cooking spray for anything at all. Last year I discovered the generic butter flavor and really liked it--you can use it on almost anything for instant butter flavor. I am all about whole foods but this is one of my justifiable cheats.

10-04-2009, 02:38 PM
Margarine is barely even a food product, so I use EVOO for everything. Another good oil for sauteeing is Grapeseed oil. Another healthy oil that have a high smoke temperature and no flavor. I don't have a problem with butter either, I am just not supposed to eat dairy.

10-04-2009, 02:41 PM
EVOO here too!

10-04-2009, 02:51 PM
You can also use a little chicken broth. It adds a little flavor. Sometimes I will steam with chicken broth and then add a teaspoon of room temperature butter to finish a sauce after I turn off the heat.

Never EVER with the margarine.

But I'm an EVOO girl from way back!

10-04-2009, 04:39 PM
glad everyone agrees no margarine! lol, seriously, it's not good for you at all. atleast butter has some vitamins in it. EVOO is even better.

10-04-2009, 07:24 PM
I'd go with the healthy qualities of EVOO. Butter is a solid. Solid fat's are not the best options for you.

10-04-2009, 09:52 PM
I've been buying olive oil in a spray bottle. It's a little less than $4. Best investment ever.

10-04-2009, 10:23 PM
Ooooh definitely NOT margarine. One of the worst fats you can put down your throat. That should be your last choice. For anything. Always.

For veggies, I use olive or canola oil or cooking spray.

I just started doing something interesting. I put a dollop of oil in a saute pan and spread it with a pastry brush so that the whole pan gets coated. I do the same when I'm roasting veggies. I put the oil on the roasting tray and spread it with the brush. I get great overall coverage that way and have cut back on the cooking spray due to it.

10-05-2009, 02:31 AM

10-05-2009, 11:21 AM
I don't buy margarine or butter but I have a selection of various oils at home. I use olive oil for a lot of stuff but really I don't use much oil at all. If a recipe calls for butter/margarine, I may use Earth Balance which has no Trans fats (the bad stuff in margarine).

10-05-2009, 02:46 PM
Either butter spray, water or EVOO.

Margarine is awful for you. Did you know things like Country Crock spread, I can't believe it's not butter, any kind of "spread" etc...is only one molecule away from plastic? :eek: If you leave it outside bugs will not bother it at all, and in summer it won't melt. If you melt it in the microwave, it completely seperates with oil on the bottom and crap on the top. No amount of stirring will make it mix again.

It's crazy!

10-05-2009, 03:09 PM
EVOO or cooking spray

10-06-2009, 02:10 AM
I usually use olive oil. I'll use some butter if I want the flavor. Ick margarine.