Shortage of sunflower oil: 3 great foods to replace it at a lower cost, without losing taste!

As a direct consequence of the war in Ukraine, sunflower oil is becoming increasingly rare on the shelves. Fortunately, there are three really great products to replace it incognito, without altering the taste of your recipes!

Out of stock in many supermarkets, sunflower oil has a hard life. Collateral effect of the war in Ukrainethe leading exporting country of this commodity in the whole world, it is missed by many French people, who love it for its attractive price and its ability to sublimate a whole host of recipes. It is moreover one of the most used oils in our country (no wonder it is nicknamed “agricultural yellow gold”!). So what to replace it with? Here is three products that do the job at a lower cost.

1. Margarine for baking or frying

Mixture of oils and water, stabilized by an emulsifier, margarine is composed of unsaturated fatty acids (the famous omega) and polyunsaturated fatty acids contained in vegetable oils; unlike butter which is full of saturated fatty acids (fat of animal origin). Usually, sunflower, rapeseed and linen to make margarine. And since the DGCCRF has authorized manufacturers not to modify the composition labels of their products for six months, even if they no longer contain or contain very little sunflower oil, margarine remains a product of choice to replace agricultural yellow gold. Good news, we don’t have no need to overuse it for browning, sautéing and simmering our food; some brands even sell special cooking margarines, which do not denature under the effect of heat. We’re melting!

2. Peanut oil for frying

It is the favorite oil of all chefs, who like to use it to cook their ingredients without altering their flavors. In addition to being neutral in tastepeanut oil is particularly interesting because it has a high smoke pointwhich means that she tolerates heat very well. Good news if you want to make homemade fries!

3. Rapeseed oil for vinaigrette or mayonnaise type seasonings

Like sunflower oil, rapeseed oil is rich in omega-3 and its taste is not very pronounced. If it does not support high temperatures, it is nevertheless very useful for making delicious dressings and mayonnaise. You can also pimp them with other neutral oils (flax, grapeseed, corn, etc.) but rapeseed oil will remain the cheapest alternative (about €1.99 for Carrefour Classic’ rapeseed oil of one liter vs €4.69 for grapeseed oil of the same brand).

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