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Cooking oil blends

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Updated October 31, 2014 at 4:11 AM
Created October 24, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Lately when I cook steaks, I've been doing a mix of organic olive oil + grass-fed butter ghee + a little bit of water. I find this allows me to cook at a semi-higher temp without burning the meat or the olive oil. The thicker the steak or longer it needs to cook, the more water I sometimes have to add. I usually finish it with a splash of organic soy sauce (wheat-free) in the pan for nice color / salt, then plate and season with pepper.

Does anyone else do a OO+butter+water mix? What else works well? Nom.

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1005 · November 01, 2013 at 5:53 AM

TIL an interesting factoid about the OO/Butter mix.

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1005 · October 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM

I was wondering what effect the water was having (seems to be the key.) Is it just keeping the pan at the boiling point temp of water? Or do I have some sort of higher-temp convection + lowered-temp conduction with a lowered boiling point of the oils once mixed with the water (which would normally boil at 212F but now boils hotter.)

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208 · October 25, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Pre season the meat a few hours ahead with salt, put it closely under a very hot broiler and cook about a total of 7 minutes. I don't add any oils or butter. Hamburgers usually in a pan with some coconut oil to prevent sticking to pan.

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41471 · October 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM

I cook everything in an olive oil & butter mixture. Burgers pan-fried in butter/olive oil are awesome, then caramelize onions in the beef fat/olive oil/butter drippings. Only at that point will I deglaze with some water.

The water actually holds the temperature down in the pan.

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1005 · October 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM

I was wondering what effect the water was having (seems to be the key.) Is it just keeping the pan at the boiling point temp of water? Or do I have some sort of higher-temp convection + lowered-temp conduction with a lowered boiling point of the oils once mixed with the water (which would normally boil at 212F but now boils hotter.)

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1005 · November 01, 2013 at 5:53 AM

TIL an interesting factoid about the OO/Butter mix.

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