Carrier Oils are vegetable oils (typically extracted via expeller or cold pressed from the seeds, nuts, or kernels of plants). Most Carrier Oils -- also known as non-volatile “Fixed Oils” -- are unscented or naturally lightly-scented, non-toxic, and non-irritating oils.
Carrier Oils do not have the intense flavor of essential oils, but they can enhance the other flavors of the food, or add moisture and nutritive content. Many Carrier Oils are highly prized for their nutritive content. Some, such as Black Seed Oil and Hemp Seed Oil are marketed as Dietary Supplements because of their nutritive value.
Many Carrier Oils are safe food ingredients that can be used in cooking oils, salad dressings, baked goods, marinades, and other food preparations. Common recognizable carrier oils that you see in a USA grocery store are olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, MCT oil, and others. Other carrier oils are used in traditional cuisines around the world.
Carrier oils are used in food formulations and food preparations in a variety of ways. Some of the most common uses include:
1. As a fat source:
2. To improve texture:
3. To impart flavor:
4. To dissolve essential oils:
5. To prevent browning:
6. To increase shelf life:
7. As a nutrient carrier:
Here are some specific examples of how carrier oils are used in food formulations and food preparations:
• Olive oil is used in salad dressings, marinades, sauces, and dips. It is also used to sauté vegetables and to make bread.
• Coconut oil is used in baking, frying, and roasting. It is also used to make ice cream and yogurt.
• Sunflower oil is used in salad dressings, marinades, and sauces. It is also used to fry food and to make mayonnaise.
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