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Culinary Oils

Can you name the 6 types of oils most commonly used in cooking?
Based on # search results from allrecipes.com
Note: VEGETABLE OIL is a generic term for various, usually low-quality oils
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Last updated: August 21, 2016
First submittedAugust 18, 2016
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# Recipes
Oil
8,907
Olive Oil
781
Canola Oil
779
Sesame Oil
318
Coconut Oil
238
Peanut Oil
137
Corn Oil
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level 76
Aug 18, 2016
I'm surprised sunflower oil isn't on here.
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level 83
Aug 18, 2016
Yeah, I would've (and in fact, did) guessed that one, flax/linseed, palm and Almond oils before corn.
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level 61
Nov 14, 2016
It probably is used more but the source is allrecipe.com so the quiz is probably really oil types specified in recipes...
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level 78
Aug 18, 2016
Also sesame oil since it's used in so many Asian inspired dishes.
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level 71
Aug 18, 2016
I agree. Allrecipes, the source, returns 1024 results for sesame oil.
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level ∞
Aug 21, 2016
I get 779, but it looks like it should be added!

http://allrecipes.com/search/results/?ingIncl=sesame%20oil&sort=re

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level 82
Aug 22, 2016
I think it's a big leap from what's used in recipes to "most commonly used". Recipes for instance almost never mention sunflower oil, but it's still used a lot. Also grapeseed oil is the most common neutral oil in some countries. You could say "types of oil most commonly used in recipes" rather than "in cooking" and you'd be more correct.
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level 74
Nov 13, 2016
Indeed. The quiz is fine, it has to use some kind of source and the title is even adequate I think, however the description certainly isn't.
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level 55
Nov 12, 2016
I cook a lot of Asian dishes, so I keep sesame oil around. I don't even like the stuff! :)
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level 43
Nov 12, 2016
Sesame oil should not be on the list. It is not used for cooking. It is used for flavor.
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level 64
Nov 12, 2016
I cook meat in sesame oil all the time. Sure it has flavor but I am also using the oil to keep the meat from sticking to the pan.
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level 62
Nov 12, 2016
All except coconut oil. The oil I use most for cooking is rice bran oil.
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level 71
Nov 12, 2016
This seems wrong. I thought soybean and palm oil would top the list. They are the most popular oils in Asia. Sunflower oil is also widely used. Olive oil use in concentrated mainly in the Mediterranean regions and I don't think it is that popular around the world. I don't know what kind of data allrecipes uses or how they arrived at the number, but it isn't representative of the world at large.
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level 61
Nov 12, 2016
Allrecipies is mostly just a western recipe website. What surprised me most, however is the lack of vegetable oil. I thought is was universal :(
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level 61
Nov 12, 2016
Read the instructions, Jiaozira.
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level 62
Jul 26, 2019
your view is not represantitve to the world at all either. I have never even heard of soybean oil. And I dont know anyone that uses palmoil (dont think anyone in my country does.. only know about it, because it is an ingredient in chocolate). Olive oil however seems to be number 1 in use, either that or sunflower oil (but more for salads and less for cooking), And nowhere near a mediterranean country. Olive oil might not be a thing in asia but it is in the western world, (no idea about africa) not just greece and italy. (and the opposite seems to be true about soybean oil)
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level 76
Nov 12, 2016
I was surprised there was no soy oil. I never use it, but I know lots of people who do. Perhaps it is more often used blended nowadays and labeled as vegetable oil which didn't count on this quiz. If the quiz was about oils most used in commercial food, then I'm sure soy, palm, and corn oils would top the list.
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level 64
Nov 12, 2016
I would put soy in the same category as vinegar - a cooking liquid sure but definitely not viscous like olive oil.
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level 67
Nov 12, 2016
Soybean oil is not the same thing as soy sauce. It has a very neutral flavor and is processed into a clear-ish viscous oil. Although Quizmaster is definitely correct that "vegetable oil" is not a uniquely descriptive name, soybean oil is a very common component blended into vegetable oil. According to this link https://www.statista.com/statistics/263937/vegetable-oils-global-consumption/ palm and soybean oil make up more than half of all global oil consumption. These oils are not called for in recipes in the US, but we still eat them.
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level 34
Nov 12, 2016
Surprised not to see avocado oil
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level 58
Nov 14, 2016
That and grapeseed oil are probably close runners-up of this list.
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level 62
Nov 12, 2016
Based on the results, the viewership of this quiz is pretty Western-centric.
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level 62
Jul 26, 2019
the quiz isnt but the site with the recipes is.
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level 65
Nov 14, 2016
I think you will see an increase in cannabis oil after the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in MA, ME and CA. :)
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level 39
Apr 12, 2017
Ghee blongs to this list, since most of the south asian recipes is cooked with ghee.
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level 66
Jun 30, 2019
That's butter, not oil.
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level 71
Oct 6, 2018
https://www.statista.com/statistics/263933/production-of-vegetable-oils-worldwide-since-2000/ Highest worldwide production is palm oil, soybean, rapeseed, sunflower seed then drops by half volume to palm kernel, peanut etc. So those recipes don’t reflect worldwide usage, bet palm, soybean and sunflower get used in food processing a lot.
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level 79
Mar 4, 2019
Due to the exclusion of vegetable oil, that may be why sunflower oil is missing here - a low quality oil you use if you don't have/want to use one of the others. Many recipes wouldn't need to specify sunflower specifically, they just say vegetable and let the reader decide.
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level 62
Jul 26, 2019
I get that you have to use a source for a quiz, but this one is not representative at all to what really is used in cooking. Most evidently by the lack of sunflower oil, which I would think would be the most or second most used oil in cooking.

Changing the description to "what is used in recipes" makes it a bit less incorrect. But it is still only ingredients listed as recipes to that specefic site.

to be honest, I think the best solution is, not to have made this quiz ;) It is like making a quiz, most common insects. And the source being (a site concerning) insects that have been counted on a specefic day in my garden. It is in no way representative to anything.

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