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Walnut Oil 101
Can Walnut Oil be substituted for olive oil?
What is Powdered Peanut Butter?
Powdered peanut butter is starting to show up in grocery stores. What is it?
Vegetarian Bacon Fat Substitutes
Is there a meatless substitute for bacon fat?
Why You Shouldn't Grease a Tube Pan for Angel Food Cake
You don't want your cake to slip out of the pan when it's cooling, do you?
Substituting Coconut Oil for Shortening in Pie Crust
Can coconut oil be substituted for shortening in pie crust recipes that call for both shortening and butter?
Canned Coconut Milk vs. Carton-Packed Coconut Milk Beverage
What's the difference between canned coconut milk, and the boxed stuff in the beverage aisle next to the soy milk?
Where Does Canola Oil Come From?
This vegetable oil has become a kitchen standard. But what kind of plant is canola, anyway?
Sauteing with Coconut Oil
 I’ve heard buzz about the health benefits of coconut oil. Can I sauté with it in place of vegetable oil?
Olive Pomace Oil
What is olive pomace oil and how does it differ from regular or extra-virgin olive oil?
Using Shortenings Without Trans Fats in Pie Crusts
Do the new shortenings without trans fats work as well as the old ones for pie crust?
Peanut Butter Substitutions
Can you substitute natural peanut butter with no added sugar for the sweetened stuff in recipes?
Corn Oil vs. Vegetable Oil
Can corn oil be substituted for vegetable oil?
Sesame Oil: Plain vs. Toasted
Can plain and toasted sesame oil be used interchangeably?
Cooking Oils
In the test kitchen, we use different cooking oils to suit the flavor and cooking temperature requirements of the recipe at hand. These are the oils we commonly…
Flavored Shortening
Can you use Butter Flavor Crisco instead of regular Crisco to bake or fry?
Canola Oil vs. Shortening For Pie Crusts
Can canola oil be used as a substitute for shortening or butter in pie crust recipes? 
Frying Oil Temperature
You don’t want to rely on guesswork for determining when frying oil is hot. Here's the test kitchen’s method.