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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 19-Jul-13 17:15:59

Did you know rapeseed oil, sometimes labelled vegetable oil, is one of the healthiest and most versatile cooking oils you can buy? That's the message from, a not-for-profit campaign that aims to inspire people to use this cooking oil.

Take part in the challenge and add your feedback here by to be entered into the prize draw:

~ Official testers (those selected by MNHQ) can win a £250 supermarket voucher of their choice
~ Non-official testers' who add a comment can win a £150 supermarket voucher of their choice

The challenge is to buy two bottles of rapeseed oil - one labelled 'vegetable oil' and the other labelled 'cold pressed' - and then to use these in place of your normal cooking oils for two weeks and tell us what you think. (If you already use rapeseed oil, feel free to take part in this challenge too.)

If you have any questions about rapeseed oil, go to to ask the nutritionist and check out their guide to rapeseed oil FAQs.

Do try their easy and tasty recipes while you're there.

Please add your feedback here on the following:

~ Let us know what you think of rapeseed oil and if you knew about the benefits already or not

~ Have you tried out any recipes? How did you and your family find them?

~ Please add any other comments, recipes, tips or ideas you have too - we'd love to hear from you at various stages of the challenge



Please note comments made on this thread may be reproduced by Rapeseed Oil Benefits (AHDB)
Closing date: 19 August 2013, winners will be selected at random from all posting a comment: either a tester or non tester - prizes as above.

DoItTooJulia Fri 19-Jul-13 17:39:15

Ooh, oooh, ooh! I got my voucher today! First time I have been picked! Can't wait to start the trial!

BornToFolk Fri 19-Jul-13 18:20:09

I haven't had my vouchers yet but I'm very pleased to be chosen!

I've had a browse of the website and plan to make Oat and chickpea dumplings

Blueberry and oat muffins

and try out some of the dressings with the cold-pressed oil.

5madthings Fri 19-Jul-13 18:23:36

I have been chosen for this, no vouchers yet.

But shall have a look at some of their recipe suggestions.

gazzalw Fri 19-Jul-13 18:35:11

I'm looking forward to this challenge, as are the rest of the family. As I said on the other related thread, last week's Stella Magazine in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday had some seriously scrummy recipes using rapeseed oil....

DW went out and bought the two varieties (the cold-pressed variety being considerably more expensive than the 'vegetable oil' one!) today so we are ready to roll....

Oat and chickpea dumplings sound scrummy and much healthier than the suet variety!!

sc00ter Fri 19-Jul-13 19:24:37

I have received my voucher this morning and have had a look through the recipe booklet.
Excited about this challenge - will get my two bottles tomorrow with the weekly shop. smile

Maggietess Fri 19-Jul-13 19:35:02

I switched to Rapeseed oil around 6 months ago after reading about it's health benefits and I'm now wondering why we ever bothered with pricey olive oil - I've used it for all my cooking and for salad dressing (the cold pressed version) and no-one has noticed any difference!

boatclub Fri 19-Jul-13 20:35:56

Thanks I'm really excited to have been picked. My voucher arrived today so I'll go shopping over the weekend and start cooking.

Pontouf Fri 19-Jul-13 21:13:29

Got my voucher this morning, looking forward to giving it a go. Have got quite into cooking again since being on maternity leave so excited to try some new recipes.

Haven't had my voucher yet, but looking forward to testing.

aristocat Fri 19-Jul-13 21:24:59

Also chosen for this too smile will report back as soon as the voucher arrives.

FireEngineDoll Fri 19-Jul-13 22:16:59

Not received my voucher yet but very pleased to be chosen. Once it arrives I shall get cracking! I'll be interested to try the cold pressed version, we eat a lot of salads.

Crazybit Fri 19-Jul-13 23:25:12

Yay, I've been chosen.
I've checked out the website and recipes too.

Who would've known that you could use rapeseed oil in all them recipes! I think my family is going to enjoy this challenge smile

marie72 Sat 20-Jul-13 07:32:38

I've just started using Rapeseed Oil as its produced by Broighter a local farm near where I live and I'm committed to buying local. So far I've only gone as far as drizzling their delicious chilli infused oil on salads but looking forward to using it in all my cooking after realising how good it is for you!

insanityscratching Sat 20-Jul-13 07:44:57

I received my voucher out of the blue because I didn't know I'd been chosen. I'll be going shopping on Monday so will pick up the oil then. Looking forward to trying some of the recipes.

I received my voucher yesterday. I won't be able to try any rapeseed oil until the week after next though, as we're visiting the PILs and then going on holiday to Disneyland Paris. I'll report back when I'm home.

I've got my voucher and tried out the standard rapeseed oil last night. Will update as I try out new dishes, but here is the first review:

Meal one (using standard rapeseed oil - so much cheaper than olive oil!):
Home made spicy potato wedges with falafel.
To keep meals as healthy as possible, even when having treats like potato wedges, I like to oven cook as opposed to shallow or deep fry.
I made home made wedges using peeled white potatoes, generously sprinkled with cayenne pepper and paprika, and laid out in a shallow roasting tin, then drizzled them with standard rapeseed oil.
I had previously cooked and frozen the falafel, so popped them, frozen, in with the wedges.
The children especially loved this meal. The wedges were really crispy and light, and cooked evenly and well. I would usually not feel like I was cooking “properly” without using olive oil, but these were so, so tasty. Already my preconceptions of olive oil are being somewhat challenged. I have always (well in my grown up years anyway) just used vegetable oil/rapeseed oil when doing incredibly basic cooking, like for fried eggs, omelettes or pancakes, and used olive oil when dealing with what I deem to be proper meals/ingredients.
It will be interesting to see how the rapeseed oil fares when used in making a salad dressing, stir fry, and roast potatoes, together with some of the recipe ideas from the booklet I received.

BlackeyedSusan Sat 20-Jul-13 10:58:44

hmm there have just been loud squealings and whoopings. my voucher has arrived. grin I shall be off to tesco tomorrow. I fancy the scones.

Glitterfairys Sat 20-Jul-13 11:51:35

Received my voucher this morning so I'm off to Tesco soon to pick up the oils . Looking forward to trying some new recipes this weekend .

BornToFolk Sat 20-Jul-13 13:03:17

Got my voucher! I really like the look of lots of the recipes, especially the scones and the cheesecake.

Belo Sat 20-Jul-13 16:44:56

I received my voucher yesterday, thank you.

It looks like I've been doing the rapeseed oil challenge for a couple of years now without knowing. I often use vegetable oil in baking instead of butter. I hadn't realised it was rapeseed oil though.

I've just made some tabouleh to go with tonight's BBQ. I used the cold pressed oil instead of my normal extra virgin olive oil. It seems to have a lighter, milder taste than olive oil. But, I think it goes well and works in this dish.

I haven't looked at the recipes on the website yet. I'll do so next week. I have to say though that none of the ones in the booklet excited me too much.

Backpaw Sat 20-Jul-13 18:18:26

I have tried rapeseed (actually M+S's vegetable oil used to be rapeseed) for dressings and found it 'greasy' tasting (yes I know that sounds stupid!).

I usually use olive oil (which I love) that costs a forture, so hopefully the bottle of rapeseed oil I bought today will taste as good. I wonder if muffins and popcorn will taste good with it? That's all I know how to bake with oil (apart from a teensy bit in bread).

sc00ter Sat 20-Jul-13 19:27:57

bought my two bottles of oil today - the cold pressed was more than double the price of the other bottle.
We have had a BBQ this evening as it was a little cooler and used the cold pressed oil for the salad dressing. I made the one of the website - The Oriental Salad Dressing, which was very nice and I had all the ingredients already in my cupboards.
I tried a little before it went into the dressing and found it was a lot less heavy as my usual olive oil, and had a slightly nutty taste.
We all liked it. smile

violetwellies Sat 20-Jul-13 22:51:06

My post arrived late on Saturday, by which time I'd been to Sainsbo's so it will probably be Wednesday befor I get the oil, but I found I've already got 1/2 a bottle of cold pressed which I can't of liked muchor it wouldn't still be hanging around.
Cant help thinking about the heavy use of slug pellets in rape tho, is there an organic version?.

Theimpossiblegirl Sun 21-Jul-13 13:28:43

Started early too. Got the oils yesterday- the vegetable oil was comparatively cheap and the cold pressed was cheaper than olive oil so a good start. I spent £4.75 so thank you for the bottle of wine too.

I used some of the cold pressed on our new potatoes with chives last night- it was fine, tasted nice and felt healthier than butter. I preferred it to olive oil as I can't afford the expensive stuff right now and cheap olive oil has a slight tang to it (I find).

Being in the South-west means that the oil is a local product too, which I like.

Theimpossiblegirl Sun 21-Jul-13 13:29:13

Tesco do an organic version btw.

Before we attempt a bit of a Sunday afternoon baking session using the recipe booklet and ideas from the website, we had a light lunch, and put the cold pressed rapeseed oil to the test.

Salad dressing:
I used to serve with a really basic salad of romaine lettuce, tomato and cucumber together with pitta bread and falafel.
I used an approximation of 3 parts cold pressed rapeseed oil to one part balsamic vinegar, and seasoned it with salt and pepper, before adding a little whole grain mustard.

In the past I would have used an extra virgin olive oil for this kind of dressing. It is nice to know that already this is a healthier alternative due to the lower amount of saturated fat in the oil.
The salad dressing was a huge hit. My DCs kept “accidentally” pouring too much onto their salad! There was no overpowering taste from the oil and it definitely seemed lighter than olive oil, so it seemed to do its job very nicely. I’ll enjoy trying out different flavoured salad dressings using cold pressed rapeseed oil as a base, and hope that the others are as big a hit as this one was.

emily80 Sun 21-Jul-13 13:37:10

Just bought my 2 bottles, I went to my local sainsburys and they only had one of each so I didn't get a choice, I bought Sainsburys Extra Special British Coldpressed Rapeseed Oil (very fancy looking) and Sainsburys Vegetable Oil (very cheap and unhealthy looking). I usually use olive oil so will see how these compare.

bluebump Sun 21-Jul-13 15:11:08

I just bought my two bottles. Tesco had a good range of the cold pressed ones and one normal organic bottle so i'm all set ready to go!

I'm going to have a browse of the website and also re read the River Cottage Veg book as Hugh FW uses a lot of rapeseed oil I noticed.

AnneEyhtMeyer Sun 21-Jul-13 16:07:17

I've just been to Sainsbury's and bought the two bottles. The vegetable oil version was only £1.50, but I was surprised how expensive the cold-pressed one was - I bought the Saisbury's Extra Special British one at £4. I thought it would be a lot less. The bottle looks very nice though.

I'm looking forward to trying this, but my first bit of feedback actually comes from DH, who said "it looks so nice until you read the name". I tend to agree. I think a name change would be a very good idea.

LillethTheCat Sun 21-Jul-13 16:25:12

Just marking place now to bring some feedback tomorrow night

BlackeyedSusan Sun 21-Jul-13 17:28:07

also had a trrip to tesco today.

£1.25 for tesco own brand vegetable oil rapeseed and £3.00 for cold pressed. (tesco finest) it was the cheapest cold pressed per 100ml.

i am having a coffee before starting on the washing up cooking.

RappyNash Sun 21-Jul-13 17:33:23

Not an official tester, but I use cold-pressed rapeseed oil as the omega 3:6 ratios are better than olive oil.

However, there is no way I'd use the nasty processed stuff sold under the vegetable oil label. It takes a heck of a lot of yuck to make rancid oil taste, well, not rancid...

BornToFolk Sun 21-Jul-13 18:39:32

I made the muffins today! They were very easy and turned out well, really tasty and moist. I used the cold-pressed oil as per the recipe.

I also made potato wedges for dinner. I'd usually use the ordinary vegetable (i.e. rapeseed) oil but thought I'd try the cold-pressed one to see if it made any difference. It didn't! So I won't be trying that one again!

To be honest, I'm a bit meh about the flavour of the cold-pressed stuff. It's nice enough but quite bland. That makes it great for cooking with but I'm not sure how I'll like it as a dressing, when I'd normally use a flavourful EVOO.

GetKnitted Sun 21-Jul-13 21:04:35

Thanks for the voucher! We got a bottle of bog standard vege oil (£1.25) and a far posher bottle of extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil. We've cooked with the normal vegetable oil before, and it was fine tonight in our risotto, better perhaps than the olive oil would have been because of the increased omega oils.

I tasted a bit of the cold pressed oil on a spoon, and have to say I thought it tasted (very mildly!) of grass... I see others said 'nutty'. I will have more to report when the bread comes out of the bread maker.

I definitely intend putting it through its paces though, because I would quite like to switch over, simply because an oil labelled 'cold-pressed' has made me consider the alternatives which apparently (though my research has not been very thorough) could include oils extracted at high temperatures, or using chemical solvents or anti-frothing chemicals... yuk!

confusedofengland Sun 21-Jul-13 21:05:20

Got my voucher yesterday & purchased the 2 bottles of oil.

TBH, I was surprised to see that the 'vegetable oil' I normally use is actually rapeseed oil. I hadn't really thought about what it was from before.

DH cooked a cottage pie, satueeing the meat & onions in a little cold-pressed rapeseed oil (about 1 tbsp). He found it less greasy than other oil yet more flavoursome - nutty/peppery. The dish was certainly less greasy than we have had it before.

Tomorrow I plan to try a salad dressing with the cold-pressed oil - my usual basic dressing of oil, balsamic vinegar & mustard, usually made with olive oil. Will also see about trying one or two of the recipes from the booklet.

So excited to be a part of this challenge! I am always looking for ways to make my family's diet healthier with minimal effort, which this appears to be. Plus, I love a freebie, so thanks MN grin

We baked this afternoon smile

Seeded cheese scone tear ‘n’ share
Ridiculously easy and quick to make! A huge benefit is discovering that there is 50% less saturated fat content by using rapeseed oil in place of butter.

Recipe was taken from the HGCA booklet which I received with my vouchers.
The scones were light, and really delicious. I cooked them for 15 minutes instead of the recommended 10 – 13, and that seemed to get them just right in terms of a golden colour. We used pumpkin and sunflower seeds which were delicious in the scones. We just used the “cheap” rapeseed oil, so I think that this was a really good value as well as healthy recipe. Might try them again in the next few days using the cold-pressed oil to see if that makes a difference.

I must also find out what cold pressed actually means.

Does anyone know if there is a standard measurement to use to replace butter/marg with oil in baking recipes etc? Given the health benefits of using rapeseed oil over butter, would be handy to adapt existing recipes.

GetKnitted Sun 21-Jul-13 22:00:26

wavesandsmiles, I looked it up today, apparently it is exactly what it sounds like... they squash the seeds when they're cold (the seeds, not the farmers) to get the oil out.

RappyNash Sun 21-Jul-13 22:03:35

Seriously, getknitted - what they do to the processed stuff is rank. And really not good for you.

BlackeyedSusan Sun 21-Jul-13 22:24:58

we,ve had... oh fuck the fridge freezerrr has broken stir fry, using the most temperature sensitive ingredients from the fridge first. so lots of pepper a couple of carrots a red onion and some nearly defrosted lamb from the freezer, which was probably cooked for far too long as i had to rush round to a neighbour with carrier bags of food, and then drive across the city wth my entire supply of frozen vegetables.

manfalou Sun 21-Jul-13 22:52:30

Non tester but Rapessed oil is currently on offer at Aldi and after seeing the challenge decided to buy just the one bottle and have been using it a couple of days... using it in the teal acti-fry to make some sweet potato chips... very nice! Never thought about using it for a salad dressing (buy ready made stuff cos i'm laazzzzyyyy ;) ) ... however might just have to give it a bash!

gazzalw Mon 22-Jul-13 09:25:11

What really pleases me is that it's a 'home-grown' commodity that has a very low carbon footprint. We should all be buying British where possible and this is a classic example of a product type that we all use in cooking and should be selecting over imported oils...

AnneEyhtMeyer Mon 22-Jul-13 09:37:07

Just used the vegetable oil version when I was making some eggy bread for DD.

I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of "smoking" from the oil when it was very hot. Usually I have to have the extractor hood on high when I use olive oil.

Didn't notice any difference in flavour and I was very relieved it didn't taste like sunflower oil which makes me want to heave.

Also, after I had poured some in the pan, there was a drip on the bottle. Out of habit I caught this with my finger and licked it, as this is what I do with olive oil. I instantly thought "oh no, I'm going to regret that" but I didn't. It didn't taste of much at all and was certainly not unpleasant.

Pleasantly surprised so far.

RappyNash Mon 22-Jul-13 10:14:47

Here's an interesting starter link:

Processing the oil to render it colourless and flavourless involves mucho heat and chemicals. This process largely destroys the beneficial omega 3s.

Not totally convinced it's a good cooking oil pressed or chemically extracted tbh. Think I'll stick to using it cold on salads etc

AnneEyhtMeyer Mon 22-Jul-13 11:17:49

Are you from the Olive Oil Fightback group, Rappy? grin

RappyNash Mon 22-Jul-13 12:12:07

<strips, daubs self in olive oil and streaks across thread>

RappyNash Mon 22-Jul-13 12:13:17

Tbf I don't use olive oil to cook with either. I use ghee, coconut oil and sometimes lard.

snowballinashoebox Mon 22-Jul-13 12:16:35

I am following a low carb diet and am shaking my head a little at the recipes calling for low fat everything.

Interesting link rappy I don't like the look of the £1.50 bottle of veg oil at all.

I do agree that it is great to be able to buy British cold pressed oil. Will make a salad dressing with it today.

NotAQueef Mon 22-Jul-13 12:16:59

Voucher has just turned up (or so I'm told as not at home) so will go shopping tomorrow night and report back then.
Am most interested in trying to Cold Pressed oil

aristocat Mon 22-Jul-13 13:57:00

I have purchased my oil from Sainsburys, the 'normal' oil was £2 and the cold pressed one was £4. Thanks for the voucher.

I have tried the recipe from the booklet Seeded Cheese Scone Tear 'n' Share and it was delicious. I used the vegetable oil in therecipe and will definitely make these again.
My recipe for Carrot cake uses oil as an ingredient so will be making that soon.

NotAQueef Mon 22-Jul-13 14:59:30

aristo I was looking at the carrot cake recipe earlier but thought in the picture the sponge looked really dry - look forward to hearing your feedback.

ouryve Mon 22-Jul-13 16:38:23

I'm not an official tester, but we converted to rapeseed oil, this year. We don't do any deep frying and one of the reasons we converted was concern about the processes involved in making ordinary vegetable oil, sunflower oil, etc. Another reason is that much of the rapeseed oil we buy is either from Yorkshire, or Northumberland, so it's done far fewer food miles than other choices.

So we're already using it where we would normally use a neutral oil. It does have a strong taste, but not one that clashes with other flavours and it makes lovely stir fries, as it gets quite hot and has a nutty flavour which works well.

I also use it in bread, but I've found that dried yeast doesn't work very well with it. It makes a lovely loaf using fresh yeast, though (and the two can be used interchangeably in most recipes in Panasonic breadmakers)

I made some banana and blueberry muffins, using it, a few months back and they had a lovely golden colour and were moist and light.

sc00ter Mon 22-Jul-13 16:45:05


Well it's the official start date - today I have done roasted vegetables(peppers,red, green and yellow, onion etc) which have been sitting in the oil to marinate in the fridge with herbs and later will be added to cous cous.

Today gone with the cheaper oil as I have not used that one yet.
looks a little paler in colour - but that could be that this one is in a plastic bottle and the cold pressed is in a glass bottle!!

maybe just me!!

Like the look on the veg, not to greasy looking, like my usual extra virgin olive oil, and it does not seem to over power the veg.

I will be trying some of the new recipes, however I want to see what its like on my usual cooked family meals on the whole. smile

5madthings Mon 22-Jul-13 16:48:31

I still hqvent got my vouchers yet, tho the post has been a bit crap so maybe they will turn up soon smile

florencebabyjo Mon 22-Jul-13 17:06:04

I found a local Sussex cold pressed which looked nice. I used it for the first time last night to make a salad dressing which tasted nice and light with a slightly nuttier taste than olive oil, but was nice. I'm going to try it in an Italian chocolate cake tonight and see how it stands up to being baked. The ordinary vegetable oil I used for pancakes yesterday and I couldn't taste any difference in this one. I hadn't heard of the benefits so am finding it interesting finding out.

gazzalw Mon 22-Jul-13 18:19:17

DW and DD have just made some delicious seeded cheese scones, as found in the recipe booklet send in with the £10 gift card. They are delicious and every bit as nice as 'traditional' ones. Dare I say that they are lighter - interesting to see how they will last for school packed lunch boxes tomorrow....

Got mine yesterday and cooking the turkey burgers tonight.

I had no idea of the benefits until I read about them on mumsnet. I'm particularly impressed by the reduction in saturated fat whilst still having the omega 3 benefits.

The costs seem minimal for each bottle - the cold pressed slightly more expensive, but it looks a lot posher (!) I think the vegetable oil in particular could be overlooked on the shelves - I was surprised when DH brought it home as it just looks like regular vegetable oil!

I like the taste and the smell - not overpowering at all. My Dad, who is a bit of a foody was raving about the benefits too when I told him I was doing this test.

poopoopoo Mon 22-Jul-13 18:26:57

Hello everyone,
I went to Sainsburys today and bought the cold pressed rapeseed oil and the vegetable oil version (much cheaper!). Altogether cost £5.50.
*I read a bit in the Telegraph dated 22nd July*:
As with olive oil, rapeseed oil contains Omegas 3, 6 and 9, essential fatty acids known to reduce cholesterol and maintain heart health, joint mobility and brain function. It is also a rich, natural source of vitamin E. High in mono-unsaturated fats, it is one of the few unblended oils that can be heated to deep-frying temperature without its antioxidants, character, colour and flavour spoiling. In short, it is one of best "good" oils. However Al Overton states for heavy deep frying and baking:"More and more, we are realising that the food scientists who scared us away from cooking with certain fats got it wrong. It was our grannies – who cooked with goose fat or butter, ghee or coconut oil, depending on where they came from – who had the right idea." He suggests:The simple answer is, keep a range of oils. Keep coconut or a similar saturated fat for heavy frying, olive and rapeseed oils for light frying and salads, and pumpkin and avocado oils for dressings and dips."
So an interesting article about our choices for cooking and the health science affecting our choices. I feel that I will certainly be changing over from sunflower oil which was my normal choice (though I tend to keep some olive oil for certain dishes). I will now use the cold pressed rapeseed oil instead of the olive oil in order to support UK farmers. the oils seems great. I want to further research sunflower oil and rapeseed to do some more comparison.
*Have a look at this*:
Vegetable oils all contain varying amounts of these types of fat but are generally dominated by one. For example, rapeseed is predominantly a monounsaturated fat; sunflower oil is mainly a polyunsaturated fat and palm oil is largely saturated fat.
Any type of oil or fat will help the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K), and make sex hormones. But moderating intake of fat in general, and some types in particular, is important for health.
When saturated fats are eaten to excess, they can raise blood cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart disease. Moderate amounts of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are beneficial as they lower blood cholesterol.
Polyunsaturated fats help cell membranes remain flexible and porous, allowing nutrients to enter and waste products to leave. But the amount and balance of polyunsaturated fats we eat is important, too.

Rapeseed gts a 9 out of 10
Sunflower oil gets a 6 out of 10

Plus there is a good reminder not to re use oil.

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poopoopoo Mon 22-Jul-13 18:29:24

I would also like to add I do not like to by pal oil as they chop down rain forests to plant the palms. A great deal of well known chocolate brands use palm oil....(cadburys) shame on them.

poopoopoo Mon 22-Jul-13 18:29:53

Should say Palm oil!

WelliesandPyjamas Mon 22-Jul-13 18:29:59

I bought the Borderfields British Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil for £4.50 (or maybe £4.00?) at Sainsbury's. Nice colour, good consistency.

First use today - a splash for frying sausages for tea. It actually had an appealing smell, mixed with the sausages, noticeable compared to vegetable oil.

aristocat Mon 22-Jul-13 19:10:19

NotAQueef I usually make this as my Carrot Cake and it is always good

5floz sunflower oil
2 ripe bananas (mashed)
2 eggs
5oz light muscovado sugar
4oz grated carrots
8oz SR flour
2tsp baking powder
2oz chopped walnuts

6oz fullfat soft cheese
2oz soft butter
4oz icing sugar (sieved)

Mix all ingredients together. Use an 8" deep round cake tin (lined) and cook at 180C for about an hour (maybe 50mins). Blitz the icing ingredients and spread on top of the cooled cake. Store in the fridge to keep the icing cold.

Obviously I was going to substitute rapeseed oil for the sunflower oil and I do not think it will make any difference

poopoopoo Mon 22-Jul-13 20:04:53

I really like the flavour of the cold pressed Sainsburys Taste the difference Cold Pressed Rapeseed oil. I used it as a salad dressing on a mixed leaf salad. It has a light nutty taste as it states, very pleasant. It goes very well with the balsamic vinegar. We had BBQ chicken, beefsteak tomatoes and mixed leaf salad with peas fresh from the pod dressed with Cold pressed rapeseed oil and balsamic vinegar, Yummy. I forgot to use it, but thank you for the gift card; I will give it to my mum as a thank-you for looking after the kids!

SuedeEffectPochette Mon 22-Jul-13 20:57:40

Right, I have now bought my Rapeseed oil and so far I have used it to roast vegetables (very tasty) and make a cake. I used half butter and half oil, to make it cheaper, and it was great, very moist.

We used the standard rapeseed oil today to make chocolate and cherry brownies, based on the recipe from the recommended website

Very tasty according to my builder and my DCs grin

Then for tea we had left over flan, with salad and some boiled potatoes. Usually I would put butter on the potatoes so instead we drizzled them with some of the cold-pressed rapeseed oil. Certainly lighter than butter, and tasted nice. Only needs to be used quite sparingly which is good.

alialiath Mon 22-Jul-13 21:26:22

I've spent the entire day in this heat trying to find a supermarket, or shop that stocked rapeseed oil. I tried Sainsbury's Tesco's Holland and Barrett, Lidel, Iceland, and even tried Poundland and come up a blank.

You'd think I'd be able to buy it with no problems in SW London.
Please, please can someone point me in the direction of somewhere that stocks it.

Alwayscheerful Mon 22-Jul-13 21:29:09


PiHigh Mon 22-Jul-13 21:31:34

I've got my vouchers and picked some oil up from Sainsburys at the weekend. It was £1.50 for the vegetable oil and £4 for the cold pressed one so not particularly expensive. We've been out today but will start using it asap.

Theimpossiblegirl Mon 22-Jul-13 23:02:53

DH made pizzas tonight and used the cold pressed instead of olive oil. There was no noticeable difference tbh, but the price makes that another plus for the rapeseed.

thismousebites Mon 22-Jul-13 23:35:20

"alialiath" if you go to Tesco or Sainsbury just look on their normal vegetable oil. In very small writing it should say 100% rapeseed oil somewhere.
Have used my cold pressed today in a shepherds pie. I fried the onions off first and was amazed at the gorgeous yellow colour and the fact that, after adding the mince, I did not have to drain off excess fat like I normally do.
Will be making yorkshire puds tomorrow so am going to use both oils and compare them half and half.
Will also see how well the cold pressed performs on my homemade pizza.

IncaAztec Tue 23-Jul-13 09:10:43

~ Let us know what you think of rapeseed oil and if you knew about the benefits already or not

I like rapeseed oil but I had no idea of the benefits - it seems to be difficult to pick up in store around here. Maybe it needs greater distribution?

~ Have you tried out any recipes? How did you and your family find them?

No, not yet but I might if I can get hold of some rapeseed oil.

~ Please add any other comments, recipes, tips or ideas you have too - we'd love to hear from you at various stages of the challenge

Better distribution of the product - I don't know what your price point might be - more/less expensive than olive/veg oils?

confusedofengland Tue 23-Jul-13 09:24:24

Made a salad dressing with the cold-pressed version yesterday (oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard). It was delicious smile Somehow lighter than the olive oil version, but without the twang - it was smoother.

So far so good for the rapeseed oil.

When I have a day in with the DC, we will attempt one or two of the recipes from the booklet.

NotAQueef Tue 23-Jul-13 09:49:59

aristo flowers I'll give it a try thank you

emsthecook Tue 23-Jul-13 10:32:32

Gutted not to be chosen for the rapeseed oil challenge...but maybe it's because I'm already a convert through and through! Love it!

VelvetStrider Tue 23-Jul-13 11:53:07

I've bought my oils - Farrington's Mellow Yellow at £4.30 and Sainsbury's veg oil at £1.50. I don't use a lot of oil so I'd be happy to buy the luxury brand if it's tastier and healthier - my only complaint so far is the bottle is too tall to fit on any of my shelves!!

I used some Farringtons neat on salad today and liked the taste and texture - didn't seem greasy and gloopy like some oils.

I've bought the ingredients for the lamb and quinoa patties, but I'm going to leave out the harissa paste as I'm not keen on spicy food. Will report back once I have made and eaten them!

gazzalw Tue 23-Jul-13 12:28:23

We were going to make those on Saturday, VelvetStrider, but DS vetoed the suggestion. Look forward to hearing how yours turn out....

Used some of the pressed rapeseed oil for doing my scrambled eggs on granary toast this morning - yum!

We made the cheese scones today and DS was fascinated as to how the oil and milk didn't mix. Good little science lesson.

I was impressed by how well they came out without butter, though it proved to me I need a new baking tray as they stuck horribly to the bottom.

GlobalWarning Tue 23-Jul-13 12:48:04

~ Let us know what you think of rapeseed oil and if you knew about the benefits already or not

I was briefly aware of rapeseed being better for you thanks to Hugh Fearnly. He uses it in his carrot cake recipe, so we have tried that already!
I did read the site and am quite amazed at the benefits of rapeseed. And where I live there are fields of it!!

~ Have you tried out any recipes? How did you and your family find them?

We made carrot cake and the cheese bread recipe off the site. I was really impressed with both and super easy to make. Tonight we are having turnkey thigh burgers and salad so will let you know! Sure it will be fine, we make turkey burgers a lot, but usually with olive oil, so looking forward to the substitute.

~ Please add any other comments, recipes, tips or ideas you have too - we'd love to hear from you at various stages of the challenge

I do recommend HFW's carrot cake. Uses whole meal flour and rapeseed oil and carrots and honey. So it is somewhat healthy wink

MrsMeow Tue 23-Jul-13 12:49:46

I haven't received my voucher yet - is anyone else still waiting? I'm dying to get going, starving reading all these yummy recipe ideas! smile

Glitterfairys Tue 23-Jul-13 12:52:31

Well I got the oils on Saturday and have used used them quite a bit so far. On Saturday I made hasselback potatoes and used the vegetable oil . My dh and df loved them and finished the lot between them shock
On Sunday I made a salad dressing using Mr Hugh's Cold-Pressed Rapeseed oil. I really liked it and preferred it to the olive oil version I would normally used as it doesn't seem to have the "tangy" after taste olive oil sometimes has which I'm not too keen on.
Last night , I made cornbread and used the veg oil instead of butter /marg and was pleased with it.Just as nice and still had a soft texture to it which we like.I'm impressed so far and going to try a cake from the website later on this week smile

Piffpaffpoff Tue 23-Jul-13 17:03:07

I've been using Rapeseed oil for ages now, instead of olive oil. Partly because the brand I buy is grown locally and I feel quietly virtuous for reducing my food miles!

I just use it for cooking where I would have used groundnut or olive oil. I have discovered its ok to use in a wok which is good as it means I dont need two bottles of oil. I don't notice any real difference using it other than it can colour things a bit yellow - white breadcrumbs on fish cakes or chicken nuggets for example.

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Tue 23-Jul-13 17:30:46

I got my voucher yesterday and picked up a bottle of each in Tesco.

I used the cold press oil to make a garlic oil to drizzle on homemade pizza, it was really tasty and didn't leave an after taste like olive oil.

this morning I used the vegetable oil to make pancakes and was impressed that it didn't take as long as sunflower oil to heat up.

will be trying some scones tomorrow

poopoopoo Tue 23-Jul-13 18:22:03

I used the vegetable oil to fry fish for dinner, worked a treat. I suppose the health benefits or nutritional value would be the only reason to buy the more expensive cold pressed oil. Though I can't say I have ever before purchased cooking oil for its nutritional value! But when you come to think of it, I do buy supplements of Omega 3 and 6, which perhaps are not necessary if you regularly use a healthy nutritional oil for cooking?????

Apparently the skin care market use a CO2 extraction method to obtain oils which retain even more active plant properties.

hermancakedestroyer Tue 23-Jul-13 18:25:59

I bought the oils yesterday and looked through the recipe booklet at all the tasty recipe suggestions. I liked the look of the Warm bacon, mustard and potato salad and so cooked it for my family tonight. We all thought it was delicious. The recipe used cold-pressed rapeseed oil and I have to say the dressing was delicious. Personally I couldn't tell the difference between olive oil and rapeseed oil. The taste was mild and not overpowering. I am looking forward to trying other recipes smile

hermancakedestroyer Tue 23-Jul-13 18:27:41

I also suffer with hayfever when driving past the bright yellow fields of rapeseed flowers and am waiting to see if long term use of this oil helps with this allergy.

sinpan Tue 23-Jul-13 19:34:22

What is going on with rapeseed oil? Have they got an ass-kicking marketing team in? Even my elderly aunts are buying it.

Anyway good luck everyone with the campaign - most vegetable oils are good and cooking with vegtable oil definitely makes eating a more pleasurable experience. If rapeseed is having a moment, then that's great because it can be grown locally, and as others have said, is less expensive than similar graded olive oil.

I would be really interested to know if the hay fever sufferers profit from switching - any plans for Rapeseed Oil Benefits to check up on this or maybe even fund some research?

Fraxinus Tue 23-Jul-13 20:02:02

I use vegetable oil for cooking, but this is the first time I have tried cold pressed rapeseed oil for salads and stuff.

I bought it at aldi's

I took my lovely voucher to tesco and bought some wholemealpasta, lentils, pearl barley, canned canellini beans and other things you can't get in my usual shop (aldi).i also got quinoa to do the kebabs with, but my hand refused to get the pine nuts off the shelf after my eye saw the price! I will get some from the weigh house or somewhere.

So far I have to say I haven't noticed the difference. Normally I dress salad in the bowl ( ie: just chuck some salt oil and inegar over it and mix up) but I have a friend staying who didn't want it done that way so I mixed a dressing in a jar. It was ok, and everyone said it was nice, but it's not a proper test because I put mustard in it when I don't normally.

I made a potato salad with bit and pieces in today, and I didn't notice it wasn't olive oil.

We had some of the cold pressed rapeseed oil (Fussel's) and just used it for dunking bread in this evening with balsamic vinegar. It's really tasty. DH and I both preferred the flavour to olive oil. Will definitely be using it again. Going to try some of the chilli rapeseed oil and garlic rapeseed oil too.
Off to read some of the recipes now.....

sealight123 Tue 23-Jul-13 22:03:36

Firstly, thank you ever so much for choosing me to test this product.
Secondly, I have received my voucher, bought my rapeseed oil and have swapped out all of our other cooking oils out with it, without telling my partner may I add. I am not only testing this product but setting up my own little experiment...will he be able to tell the difference?

GetKnitted Tue 23-Jul-13 23:58:30

still going well with the cold pressed rapeseed oil, it went nicely in a leek and creme fraiche pasta sauce last night and again for some shallow fried fish this evening. I haven't yet given it a go with salad, I will probably take a shot at it tomorrow.

I have to say I'm a bit reluctant to use the normal vegetable oil, now that I understand more about the process of manufacturing. Not that I expect the sunflower oil we use is any better, I hope the Olive Oil is, but will probably think twice about using any non-extra virgin.

snowymum12 Wed 24-Jul-13 08:54:40

I wasn't chosen by Mumsnet but decided to have a try anyway as I'd heard it was really good for you. I really liked how light the taste was when compared to olive oil and how well it worked within salad dressings. I'm really impressed with the health benefits and would definitely use it again.

ThatsSoVanquish Wed 24-Jul-13 10:20:02

Planned to start Monday but got a d&v bug instead shock but DP has been using the vegetable oil and is happy with it. Will report back in more detail once able to cook & eat properly!

Ponders Wed 24-Jul-13 11:44:38

I discovered this week that Aldi have 500ml bottles of extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil, from Yorkshire, for £1.99


(haven't tried it yet, mind)

PiHigh Wed 24-Jul-13 11:57:10

Well we used the cold pressed on for cooking last night and didn't notice any difference with it. I might try a salad dressing with it tonight although I'm not good at making them blush

aristocat Wed 24-Jul-13 13:16:23

Used the cold-pressed in a salad dressing yesterday. I used

1 tbsp cider vinegar
3 tbsp cold-pressed rapeseed oil
salt & freshly ground black pepper

and it was very good. A lovely taste - not too strong or greasy.

We ate the salad with Quesadillas which were cooked in the other rapeseed oil.

WelliesandPyjamas Wed 24-Jul-13 13:59:43

I used the oil whilst making rice last night. If I do say so myself, my rice is always delicious and perfectly made this poster has absolutely no modesty but I do often add a sprinkle of veg stock powder or similar to give it a bit of extra flavour. Last night, however, I made it with the cold pressed rapeseed alone and it was really lovely, subtly but noticeable, and gave it a gentle yellow colour too. Definitely repeating that.

WelliesandPyjamas Wed 24-Jul-13 14:00:10

subtly subtle

thismousebites Wed 24-Jul-13 14:29:21

I am in danger if becoming addicted to this cold press oil.
It makes everything look, smell and taste fabulous.
I have made pizza, muffins, stuffed chicken breasts, roasted potato wedges and I even poured it over couscous.
An just about to make some cheesy breadgrin

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thismousebites Wed 24-Jul-13 17:46:32

The cheesy bread was yummy.
Lovely golden colour too instead of my usual pale and pasty looking efforts

I'm still loving the taste. It's so much more subtle than olive oil.

Took the idea from a poster yesterday of using it for scrambling eggs - lovely.

I'm going to use it in more scones next week.

Well I've been a little busy in the kitchen today (DD1 at nursery).

Made the blueberry & oat muffins and the banana chip teabread off the website. Both delicious.
I made the French dressing to go with salad at lunchtime. It was lovely & light. The rapeseed gives a much nicer flavour than olive oil.
For dinner we had the Thai turkey burgers, but I did some stir fried veggies instead of the buns. Lovely burgers & the veggies were very tasty too. The whole family enjoyed it.

Loads more recipes I want to try out on the website. Love the sound of the oat & chickpea dumplings. Going to make the pesto later in the week too.

AnneEyhtMeyer Wed 24-Jul-13 19:54:06

Had roast chicken tonight and roasted some new potatoes in the vegetable oil, then drizzled the cold pressed oil over the finished meal and it was superb!

DH took some persuading to try it, but he loved it too.

I love the flavour, and it tastes so much less greasy than olive oil, and doesn't have the harsh after-taste.

I am really surprised how nice it is. I wish I had discovered it before. However I am surprised the cold-pressed stuff is a similar price to extra virgin olive oil. I would have thought it would be cheaper as it a UK product.

I am also disappointed that I couldn't find it in Costco, as I usually buy 5l bottles of olive oil there, and would like to buy similar-sized bottles of the cold-pressed rapeseed oil.

poopoopoo Wed 24-Jul-13 20:30:29

Fried prawns for a curry and used the cold pressed oil to drizzle over baked marrow. Lovely. smile

thismousebites Wed 24-Jul-13 21:04:15

Has anyone tried it for deep frying yet? If yes does it work?

ToomuchIsBackOnBootcamp Wed 24-Jul-13 21:07:17

Hi, I always use Ola Oils, produced very locally to me in rural Aberdeenshire from rapesee. The oil is has a pure, clean flavour, doesn't burn or smell when cooking even at high temperatures, and is also good enough to use straight on salads. Ola oils also produce a range of flavoured oils and sauces which are great too.

Crazybit Wed 24-Jul-13 21:34:13

I bought the normal rapeseed vegetable oil and the cold pressed rapeseed from Tesco. The cold pressed is double the price!

So far I have used the vegetable one to make potato wedges to fry onions, can't tell the difference between my usual one tbh.

The cold pressed has been used to make the seeded cheesy scones, without the seeds as I did not have any. Dd2 and I where not keen on these, I felt the had a bit of a strange taste but dd1 and ds ate them no problem, so we need to try a little bit more experimenting with that one I think before I have any sort of verdict.

Crazybit Wed 24-Jul-13 21:34:42

Ps, I have got pictures of the scones if they are needed MN?

MsInterpret Wed 24-Jul-13 22:42:20

Griddled courgettes tossed in the cold pressed oil and served with mozzarella and sweet chilli sauce, yum.

Not a recipe from the booklet but looking forward to trying them out as well.

Very happy to be using oil which is healthier, cheaper and more local. Thanks for letting me take part.

violetwellies Wed 24-Jul-13 22:54:31

Right, finally got it, tea at Grandad's, we fell @ the first fence, he couldnt stand the smell of the cold pressed, (no organic @ sainsburys, v. dissapointing) and wouldn't let me cook with it. <Sigh>

CheeryCherry Wed 24-Jul-13 22:54:58

Bought it today from Tesco, will get cracking tomorrow!

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Thu 25-Jul-13 08:52:27

used the cold pressed to make a toffee cake yesterday in the bread maker, couldn't tell the difference from when I use sunflower oil.

made chicken curry and used the vegetable oil to fry the chicken, I've found it less greasy than sunflower oil.

I love the smell of the cold pressed one which is odd because I hate the smell of it when's growing.

gazzalw Thu 25-Jul-13 09:01:06

Just used some this morning to make American Pancakes...can't quite put my finger on it but I would definitely say that even the normal 'vegetable oil' is lighter...

I am beginning to think that butter is going to be marginalised in this house- except on crusty granary bread and in sandwiches! And olive oil too....

NotAQueef Thu 25-Jul-13 10:09:49

I made some naan bread last night and used the normal rapeseed/vegetable oil in place of olive oil and could tell no difference (therefore a winner in my mind)
Am hoping to use the cold pressed one tonight and make the sweet chilli chicken salad (though will probably substitute the pea tops for spinach!)

NotAQueef Thu 25-Jul-13 10:16:18

Am really looking forward to the weekend (payday weekend at that!) so I can buy some nice ingredients.
I till make some tapas dishes as I usually use lots of olive oil when I make chilli and garlic prawns, and patatas bravas - plus olive oil & balsamic for bread dipping. Will be nice to try the coldpressed on some yummy bread.

GlobalWarning Thu 25-Jul-13 11:27:26

Our turkey was a success. Tonight I am going to mix the cold pressed with some balsamic and mustard seeds and maybe a little honey to go over our pork salad.

HazelDormouse Thu 25-Jul-13 13:41:55

I had some problems getting the oils from my local (medium sized) Sainsburys supermarket. As a result I ended up ordering them online from Tescos. (Even online Tesco seem to have more choice in terms of these oils than Sainsburys.) The cold pressed oil was considerably more expensive than the vegetable oil. However, currently I prefer the cold pressed oil. The vegetable oil has a slightly stronger taste/smell to it. Cold pressed seems more versatile - satisfied with both the stir fry and dressing that I made. Both seem lighter than even the 'light and mild' olive oil that I have recently been using.

BookwormMummy Thu 25-Jul-13 13:48:50

Well, got my Tesco vouchers at weekend and went straight out to buy the oils. I'm actually quite surprised to find out that like someone else has mentioned on this thread, I already made the change to vegetable oil from sunflower oil some months ago, however I was not aware that it was also known as Rapeseed oil and I certainly didn't think it could actually be more beneficial.

I think this challenge has made me re-look at just how I use oil in general. I tend to do a lot of baking but have never thought of using oil in place of butter in any of my recipes. So, I decided to modify the cheese scone recipe and try oil for the first time. The recipe was a success and the scones didn't last long. Not one of my children said a thing about the change and even though I tried a few of the scones and did notice the strong smell of the oil, I suppose I could get used to if I wanted to keep cooking with it, which I would like to do.

I have used the cold pressed oil for frying, chips, eggs etc and also for drizzling on roast potatoes and I can honestly say that although the substance seems a bit more slick (greasier looking if possible), the taste is actually quite impressive.

I had never heard of cold pressed oil before but suspect I will be quite knowledgeable about it by the end of this challenge!

Got my oils from Tesco earlier this week and am already converted. I genuinely didn't know about the health benefits so to be informed about that and for the oil to be so much cheaper than the olive oil that I've been habitually buying for years means a happy customer here.

From the recipe booklet, we've made the oaty pork in cider which was a hit with the whole family. Really easy to make and tasted great. Also the cheese scones were a hit. Fish on Fridays here so tomorrow we'll have the smoked salmon and oat baked cheesecake and the oat topped mackerel which both look great

CuppaSarah Thu 25-Jul-13 15:52:42

I got the oils last week from tesco and have started using them already. I haven't had a chance to use any of the recipes from the website yet, but am excited about trying a few soon.

I've been using the cold pressed oil this week and plan to use the vegetable oil next week. So far I've been loving the cold pressed stuff! I've used it to brown off meat before it went in the slow cooker. It made the meat a really nice colour and it did have some affect on the taste which surprised me. The meat tasted quite a bit better! I was surprised that it even made a difference to be truthful.

I even used a little while baking and lined the tray with it. The biscuits came out lovely and I am a very poor baker.

I am really impressed with the oil and I genuinely was shocked reading up about it on the website. I honestly think if more people were aware of how much better it is for you than other oils that there'd be no competition at all. I love that there's an option of a normal oil and a fancy posh oil too.

SmilingandWaving Thu 25-Jul-13 16:54:15

I used the cold pressed to make pizza yesterday, used a tablespoon in the dough & it didn't seem any different to the olive oil I would normally use. I also used it to make a tomato/vegetable sauce which I then blended to use as a topping. I don't think it really made any difference taste wise but it's nice to know that it's healthier.

I did try a bit on it's own and I actually prefer the taste to the olive oil we usually use, think I will be buying another bottle once this one has run out.

We already had a bottle of cheap rapeseed/vegetable oil, but we don't actually use it that much. I did use it to make eggy bread for DS the other day and it worked just as it always does and didn't seem to leave any oily taste etc.

I think someone may have mentioned already that Aldi have 500ml bottles of cold pressed oil for £1.99 at the moment. I'm tempted to go back and get a couple of bottles. Definitely a convert at that price.

SmilingandWaving Thu 25-Jul-13 16:55:24

Oh and DS & I are going to make the savory flapjack from the recipes on the website tomorrow so will let you know how that goes.

sc00ter Thu 25-Jul-13 19:41:45

Hi ( used the cheaper of the two oils today)
Made a roast chicken and the trimmings today. The chicken was lovely and my roast potatoes were really crispy and were not at all oily.
Very impressed with the results today and the kids commented how nice it all was. So praise indeed. smile

VelvetStrider Thu 25-Jul-13 20:10:53

Oh no, the lamb mince I got to make the quinoa patties has gone a brown colour instead of red. It's been in the fridge and is still in date. Does anybody know if it's safe to use, or should I get some more? I've never cooked with lamb mince before blush.

emily80 Thu 25-Jul-13 21:33:00

I used the cold pressed oil to make the oat and chickpea dumplings and was impressed. I used quite a lot to cook and then stick them together, but they didn't turn out greasy at all and the taste of the oil seems very subtle - just what I want in a cooking oil.

lljkk Thu 25-Jul-13 21:39:10

I think it's a weird contest when consumption of nearly all canola (oilseed rape) is not cold pressed, so solvent residue perfectly possible.

The marketing hype about Canola health benefits has been going on since the 1980s at least, but maybe not in UK (shrug).

Do you all know the history of how canola was developed? Canadian, a variety to make brassica seeds edible. And of course Monsanto was involved along the way.

We don't consume much veg oil so useless for the challenge.

Hopezibah Thu 25-Jul-13 21:52:58

Non-tester but already a HUGE fan of rapeseed oil!

We made the switch a few months ago to using rapeseed oil for cooking initially as we were concerned about how even olive oil can deteriorate at high temperatures but rapeseed oil remains stable and healthy. A friend of ours mentioned it to us but then we noticed lots of top TV chefs saying the same thing.

Then we tried the cold pressed rapeseed oil for salads, dressings etc and found we loved that too. So now we pretty much only used rapeseed oil in our household.

One of the things I was concerned about was that the smell and flavour would not be nice - but amazingly it smells nothing like the yukky smell of rapeseed fields and tastes great so it was not an issue at all.

Usually works out as good value in comparison to olive oil so we love it!

alialiath Thu 25-Jul-13 22:16:21

Bought my two bottles of rapeseed oil today, and the more expensive one also had a competition to win a holiday to Malaysia;))
As it was such a hot day, it was salad for tea tonight, so used the rapeseed oil to make a salad dressing which tasted delicious.
Will use it in a different way tomorrow, plus looking forward to working my way through the recipes in the booklet that was

sharond101 Thu 25-Jul-13 22:21:22

We have been using rapeseed oil for around 3 months as Aldi sell a really good value one and I had been reading about it's health benefits. My husband hasn't noticed any difference in the taste of his food although we use very little oil. Tonight as a special treat I made deep fried chicken goujons and they took on a beautiful golden colour and tasted really delicious. I am sure the oil made a difference. Other things I have used it for are salad dressings, frying crepes, stir fries and paella.

AnneEyhtMeyer Thu 25-Jul-13 22:54:26

Made a beef and spinach stir fry tonight and used the cold-pressed oil instead of sesame oil. It was really nice, tasted less greasy and had a good flavour.

1 week in and we are very impressed. It is really nice in dressings and I am trying out some of the recipes next week as one of my new mindees is dairy intolerant so can use it in place of butter, you may have a total convert!

GlobalWarning Fri 26-Jul-13 13:17:07

I too am very impressed at using it in salad dressings. It really is nicer and not heavy like I thought. I love that it is British too!!

BornToFolk Fri 26-Jul-13 13:34:14

I'm not that keen on it in salad dressings. It's fine but I do prefer the flavour of olive oil.

However, I used it in place of butter in a loaf of bread I was doing in the breadmaker and that turned out well so I might carry on with that. Cheaper and healthier and you can't taste the difference!

LillethTheCat Fri 26-Jul-13 14:36:16

Sorry Ive not been to do my report on the oil I forgot blush No excuse either.

Anyway we have been using a bit this last week.

TBH I haven't noticed much difference, but DH says that he finds the Rapeseed oil to be nicer on his salads. He also does the cooking and prefers to use Rapeseed than other oils now.

Im not sure about the health benefits as I really can't tell TBH, but that doesnt mean that nothing is happening on the inside of me.

I was surprised to see that it wasn't really overpriced either. The little bottles look like they should be costly.

aristocat Fri 26-Jul-13 15:23:07

~ Let us know what you think of rapeseed oil and if you knew about the benefits already or not
I love rapeseed oil and had been using it occasionally but it will be a definite regular purchase from now. I must admit I didn't realise the health benefits before.

~ Have you tried out any recipes? How did you and your family find them?
Yes, we have made the scones, eastern lamb and quinoa patties and the bacon, mustard & potato salad. I have also substituted the rapeseed oil for other oil/s in my own recipes.
DCs have not noticed any change yet, but I am always experimenting with food (so they just get used to it!)

~ Please add any other comments, recipes, tips or ideas you have too - we'd love to hear from you at various stages of the challenge
I had hoped that the cold-pressed would be a more reasonable price because it is from the UK.

bluebump Fri 26-Jul-13 18:48:16

I had no idea about the benefits of using rapeseed oil, I have always used olive oil as i've always assumed this was the healthiest oil.

Today we made the tear and share cheese seedy scones which were delicious.

I made a salad dressing from the cold pressed oil which I found in a Hugh F-W book which was tasty and I have so far used the other oil to fry various foods (tonight it was falafels), and i've been really impressed with it. I am going to have a browse on the website for more inspiration.

Kveta Fri 26-Jul-13 20:58:06

I'm one of the 'official' testers.

We have used the cold pressed stuff in place of olive oil all week, and for most cooking it has been fine, DH hasn't noticed most of the time smile I used it to make a honey and mustard dressing to have with new potatoes and with salad, and I really like it - DH doesn't like honey mustard dressings though, or so he tells me now!

I also used it in making a chicken and sweet potato bake, which I thought was delicious - the oil is VERY orange though, which I found off putting, as it was so vibrant! Also in a pasta sauce, and I did miss the flavour of olive oil, but DH and DCs didn't notice.

The regular vegetable oil, I have been using as vegetable oil - so I made a cake with it (DELICIOUS!) and also used it to fry some eggy bread for lunch today.

I think we will stick with the regular vegetable oil rapeseedoil, but not that impressed with the cold pressed, as I can't see any flavour benefits over olive oil - we don't cook with oil at every meal, or even every day, so the health benefits are not so exciting for us.

violetwellies Fri 26-Jul-13 21:47:40

Not sure about the cold pressed in dressing, I made my usual, substituting the rape seed for Olive oil, it wasnt horrible, but it just wasnt as nice, a bit tasteless I think. Ds loves any kind of dressing and volunteered to drink it up, and Dp didnt pass comment, (I havnt mentioned the substitution)

SuedeEffectPochette Fri 26-Jul-13 23:20:21

Ok I am converted. It is tasty. I am using it instead of butter in cakes (they turn out fine) and today tried it with bread and balsamic vinegar as I would olive oil. Very delicious. Given that it is so much cheaper than olive oil, I would definitely use it again.

BlackeyedSusan Sat 27-Jul-13 00:09:17

so far we have made scones with the cold pressed, and wholemeal flour. (not such a good idea. they are heavy, but may be the wholemeal flour and little fingers)

also made spagetti bolognase and stir fry... using vegetable oil to cook with. i thiink that both were better...

mum is concerned as her cholesterol has gone up again, but her weight is dropping. told her i had substituted the oil for one with less cholesterol and she seemed happier, as my cooking is very greasy apparently. (that would be the stir fry then and she is very meat and two veg, but as these do not freeze well as ready meals she either cooks for herself, faffs about with the instuctions on shop ready meals or whacks one of my meals into the microwave until hot aaaaggghh) i shall continue using the oil at her house.

Theimpossiblegirl Sat 27-Jul-13 00:18:33

I have used the oil instead of butter today to make a banana loaf with left over bananas. I couldn't taste a difference but am sure it is healthier than butter (lower cholesterol). DD wants to make jaffa cakes tomorrow (any excuse).

Cheeseatmidnight Sat 27-Jul-13 01:56:17

Getting on great with cooking! Will update properly as soon as I can!

Ahardyfool Sat 27-Jul-13 10:26:34

I'm not entering the challenge but I can confirm things go a bit orange when Rapeseed oil is involved. Not that that matters.

Loving the cold pressed oil! just seen a celebrity chef on t.v recommend rapeseed oil for making mayonnaise instead of olive oil so think im gonna give it a try!

AnneEyhtMeyer Sat 27-Jul-13 16:11:06

I'm making two things today - firstly the cheese and seed tear and share scones and secondly I am using a product from another MN test, the Schwartz 2 in 1 Chicken tikka bites mix, where instead of olive oil I have used cold pressed rapeseed oil.

I'll update once they have been cooked and eaten!

I have spent the week using the coldpressed oil, and have found it an improvement on the olive. Less greasy IMO. I have used it in flatbread to great effect, to roast chicken, in spag bol and to fry eggs. Much less overpowering than olive oil, and doesn't burn like butter. What's not to like?
Next week I will use the vegetable oil, which tbh I'm dubious of, but we'll see.

hermancakedestroyer Sat 27-Jul-13 19:29:34

Hi meal 2 completed. This time another recipe from the booklet 'thai turkey burgers in wholemeal baps'. This used rapeseed oil to fry the burgers off in. Worked absolutely fine. Didn't smoke at the temperatures I was cooking at and is a lot less expensive but still with the health benefits of olive oil. The burgers were really tasty as well. Win win situation. I look forward to continuing my rapeseed oil trial....

sealight123 Sat 27-Jul-13 23:10:57

So far with my little experiment of switching all of our oils with rapeseed oil, without telling my partner, is going rather swimmingly. He hasn't noticed at all, which is pretty amazing as he can always tell if I've changed brand of tea, bread, butter etc. I will secretly get us healthier and healthier bit by bit. Now if only I could make us think we're sat eating chocolate when we're in fact at the gym...then my plans will be complete :P

sealight123 Sat 27-Jul-13 23:13:19

Totally going to try baking this tomorrow -

Just to add to my healthy eating :P

GlobalWarning Sun 28-Jul-13 09:23:47

We had the cheese bread, it was really good! I have literally replaced olive oil completely now. We eat salad most days so it makes a great dressing, I have used it in a stiryfry, cooking pork chops and baking. It's much more versatile than olive oil.

Howstricks Sun 28-Jul-13 09:44:43

Got mine and took them camping! (Even bottles of oil need a holiday).
Cooked two lots of bacon sandwiches first morning and did a blind taste test...none of us could taste any difference at all..which suggests the flavour is mild and overpowered by stronger, bearing in mind the health benefits of rapeseed would be happy to use the cheaper one for general cooking. (Sweating onions, frying eggs, browning mince etc) Back home we had a dinner party. In the name of research and developing arm muscles like popeye I made mayo. One batch with the cheaper rapeseed, one with sunflower oil and olive oil. There was a definate difference. The olive oil batch had a 'grassy' note that was quite defined, the rapeseeda more neutral taste and our win win for cheap rapeseed so far. Going head to head with oil and balsamic dips tomorrow and going to try baking.

Howstricks Sun 28-Jul-13 09:51:01

Sorry..too clarify, the bacon sandwiches were one pan with cheaper rapeseed and one with sunflower oil.

AnneEyhtMeyer Sun 28-Jul-13 12:44:15

Well the cheese and seed scones were a big hit! The oil also worked well in the chicken tikka recipe.

I did some oil and balsamic vinegar to dip bread in and I have to say it wasn't as nice as olive oil, so that will not be done again.

I am still shocked at the price of the cold-pressed oil. I think the price will probably mean I revert to olive oil after the challenge for most things as I can buy it cheaper at Costco. This is a shame because I have preferred the cold-pressed rapeseed oil in most things. Why is the price so high? I thought as a UK product it would be cheaper.

thismousebites Sun 28-Jul-13 16:42:42

Have made mash today and used the cold pressed oil instead of the usual butter and cream I normally put in. Still just as creamy but with a subtle nutty flavour.
Will be having a tuna salad later drizzled with the cold pressed, if there's any leftsmile

fuckwittery Sun 28-Jul-13 18:30:56

Thank you for the voucher! Got back from hols on Friday, and today was the first opportunity to get the oil from sainsburies. I bought Crisp and Dry oil (rapeseed) reduced from £2 to £1.50 and decided to go for the most expensive version of the cold pressed oil which was at £4.50 (2 other varieties at £4 each). I also looked to see where the cold pressed oil had come from, and this one was the most local, Northamptonshire. I'm hoping it might help DH's hayfever if he is allergic to rapeseed pollen! (Same principle as eating local honey to increase tolerance to local pollen).
We went to a few foodie places while visiting the Lakes last week and I noted cold pressed rapeseed oil appeared a few times on menus.
Will give first impressions and update when I've cooked a few more things,
Smell of coldpressed oil took me by surprise, it was very nutty. I opened it to make scrambled eggs, but felt that the flavour would be very strong and had a craving for buttery scrambled eggs, so didn't use.
However, iust made some pasta with a creamy celery cheese sauce for tra and first tossed the plain pasta in the coldpressed oil, tried a spoon with some maldon salt just plain and was nuttily tasty. I often eat pasta with chopped salad veggies, or just chilli and garlic with olive oil as a side dish, and love the taste of the olive oil so it is high praise that the rapeseed was a good substitute. Kids lapped up the dish, I also sauteed the onion and celery for the sauce in the crisp and dry. It will take a lot for me to stop eating pasta with olive oil

Tomorrow or maybe tonight am making these and there will be left over pasta salad with the rapeseed oil tomorrow for lunch.

gazzalw Sun 28-Jul-13 21:05:30

Currently cooking some 'smashed' new potatoes in garlic and the cold pressed rapeseed oil as an accompaniment to pork chops and some veggies.....

Really getting 'smitten' by rapeseed oil and it being a British oil :-)

Theimpossiblegirl Sun 28-Jul-13 21:21:39

I made spag bol tonight and used a little of the cold pressed rapeseed oil to brown the mince instead of olive oil. Probably just a coincidence but DD usually moans about eating spag bol, and she said she liked it tonight and ate the lot!

Belo Mon 29-Jul-13 08:20:36

Sorry for infrequent updates. I've been manic on the work front. But, I have not used Olive Oil or sunflower oil at all for the past 9 days. I've only used the two bottles of Rapeseed oil. Swapping 'vegetable' oil for my standard 'sunflower' oil has not affected the taste of my food at all. We even used it for some blackberry and yoghurt cupcakes and they were eaten as quickly as ever. I can't report what the taste was like as they all went before i had chance to have one!

As to the coldpressed rapeseed oil. It does give some foods (less strong flavoured dishes) a lighter taste than olive oil does. I.e. sometimes a strong olive oil can overpower a dish. So, I will carry on using the Rapeseed oil. But, there will be times when I fancy the taste of olive oil.

We don't really use butter or marg in our house. We tend to dribble olive oil on our toast. We used the rapeseed oil instead. It was Ok, but I think I missed the olive oil taste here. DH didn't notice that I had changed oil. DD1 did!

hermancakedestroyer Mon 29-Jul-13 08:46:21

This time made the seeded cheese scone tear'n'share. We were all really impressed with the result. In our opinion the scones were lighter and fluffier using the rapeseed oil than they would be made from butter. So far I'm really impressed with the rapeseed oil. Just an observation but the vegetable oil in tescos did not have rapeseed oil listed as the ingredient whereas the vegetable oil in the co-op did.

NK524b11c6X117842a636b Mon 29-Jul-13 09:14:16

I only use rapeseed oil now, not only healthier but also it has a higher burning point so means I can do kids stir frys without filling the kitchen with smoke!! Really cheap to buy on amazon I buy 'just oils' in a big tin, btw their crisps are amazing, jalapeño are my fave.

PiHigh Mon 29-Jul-13 09:38:39

Well so far we're very happy with the oil. I think I'm more impressed with the cold pressed one.

We did a bit of a blind taste test the other day. Dh made potato wedges and did half with the cold pressed rapeseed oil and half with our usual oil. I didn't really notice much difference. They tasted lovely.
chop small potatoes into wedges
10 mins in microwave on full power
Tip onto baking tray, drizzle with oil and grind black pepper over it
Bake in oven until they're as crispy as you like

One of the other things I like about it is that the packaging is nice. It's similar to a bottle of olive oil. I do wonder though if I'll revert to olive oil through habit as the rapeseed oil doesn't really stand out much on the shelves (only a couple of different bottles compared with loads of olive oil)

CMOTDibbler Mon 29-Jul-13 10:23:32

I made some carrot cake and potato wedges with the standard oil. Cake tasted great, and the wedges were very crispy and not greasy.

I used cold pressed in a salad dressing, and was very impressed with the taste. I hadn't used rapeseed oil in that way before, and am converted from now on.

I like that the food miles are very low - I was able to buy an oil produced and processed within 7 miles of where I live.

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Mon 29-Jul-13 12:12:40

I've used the vegetable oil in everyday cooking ie frying and dp used it to make chips yesterday.

the cold pressed has been used in baking, dressings and to marinade pork chops, lamb chops and chicken breasts.

we are very impressed with it and think I will be permanently switching, I especially like the cold pressed one as Im not a huge lover of olive oil.

we didn't know about the health benefits until this product test so it's good to know we are making a healthy change.

Thank you so much for giving me this trial!. I wasn't even aware of the difference in oils and it has really opened my eyes. I haven't tried any of the recipes in the booklet I received as yet but I have made real mayonnaise with the cold pressed (as recommended by a celebrity chef) and it was delish!.

Crazybit Mon 29-Jul-13 13:01:53

Cold pressed is not good for making pancakes!
The cold pressed tastes a bit like corn imo.

thismousebites Mon 29-Jul-13 15:15:17

Have run outhmm
Need to get some more. Think I will try the one in ALDIsmile

NotAQueef Mon 29-Jul-13 16:13:46

Sorry haven't had the chance to post for a few days - life got in the way!
Have been using the regular oil for all cooking and am very happy.
Used the cold pressed one in a chicken and pea risotto the other day and it was delicious - I actually much prefer it to EVOO as I always find the after taste too bitter, but rapeseed oil is much softer tasting.

Has anyone else noticed that rapeseed oil seems to be mentioned everywhere at the moment?
PiHigh I think that the more we buy rapeseed oil, the more choice there will be on the shelves. Olive oil has really taken over the last decade or so (thanks probably in a large part to the tv chefs who constantly use it)

I saw a programme t'other day with Raymond Blanc who was trialling the cold pressed rapeseed oil and he said it made better mayonaise (as it emulsified better) than olive oil. We need more awareness of this lovely local product.

NotAQueef Mon 29-Jul-13 16:17:39

I've just looked online at a local deli and they sell an oil produced a few miles away so think will pick some up at the weekend

Tidypidy Mon 29-Jul-13 16:19:15

We're away this week in the caravan so using the cold pressed oil for salad dressing and for dipping into with bread. We all love the flavour- slightly nutty but lighter and less greasy than our usual olive oil. It's also been delicious drizzled over pizza and risotto. Before we came away I made cheesy scones and potato wedges with the vegetable oil version and both were very tasty. The wedges were crispy but again not greasy.
I bought a crisp n dry vegetable oil labelled rapeseed oil which came in a huge bottle for only £2.75 at tesco and a Fussels cold pressed oil for £4. The Fussels is grown about 5 miles from our house so it's a really local product that taste- and price-wise beats our usual olive oil hands down.
I was aware of some of the benefits of rape seed oil but have tended to 'play safe' and purchase sunflower and olive oil. This challenge has completely converted our family! Looking forward to trying more of the recipes when we get home.
Thank you for the voucher we've enjoyed the challenge!smile

confusedofengland Mon 29-Jul-13 18:27:12

Used the vegetable oil version for roast potatoes yesterday, would usually use lard or goose fat. I will not be going back! They were perfect, crispy on the outside, fluffy in the middle. Plus the oil did not cause the smoke alarm to go off when I got it out of the oven to put the roasties in.

Used the same oil today for pancakes (made with leftover yorkshire batter, yum). Was fine. Did not smoke or smell, which I liked. Cooked pancakes quickly enough & with no taste.

hermancakedestroyer Mon 29-Jul-13 19:04:35

Tonight's dinner consisted of garlic and rosemary focaccia style bread which included 4 tbsp cold pressed rapeseed oil and not only made the house smell really good it also tasted divine.
This was accompanied by the oak smoked ham and pepper frittata which used 1 tbsp of regular rapeseed oil. I have never attempted a fritatta but I am pleased to report that it came out beautifully and was enjoyed by the whole family.

violetwellies There is an organic version of rapeseed oil in tescos if you're interested. Slightly more expensive but worth it.

florencebabyjo Mon 29-Jul-13 19:13:46

I just tried the Banana Chip Teabread which was very moist and looks like it will keep well. I have also tried in a savoury pastry instead of olive oil and it worked well without a strong flavour. I will try in a sweet pastry next. I have been using it in salad dressings and used a little to fry an egg instead of olive oil and it was quite light and not overpowering which was good.
Er.. Not sure if I should add this to the post but I did use it on my hair to tame frizzles as a conditioner and it left it lovely and soft!(Remember to wash it out though)

I'm definitely converted to the cold pressed oil instead of olive oil. It's been brilliant, and I've loved using it in scones etc instead of butter. It'll definitely be a staple in most of our meals.

The sunflower oil isn't something I've used that much - but then I don't use it regularly anyway (although a recent poster has just reminded me about pancakes. I'll make those especially for this thread, if I must <sigh> wink) I'll be converting to that too, although I'll be pricing up in Aldi.

majjsu Mon 29-Jul-13 20:29:23

I love this challenge. I have been using veg oil for a while, just never realised it was rapeseed oil. Plus didn't realise the benefits.

With veg oil have made yorkshire puddings and cheese scones, both a hit. With the cold pressed, I find it lighter and nicer than olive oil. I used it to make stir fry, rhythmically bread, fried eggs, pancakes and an omelette. I will definitely be switching.

fuckwittery Mon 29-Jul-13 21:06:16

made chocolate and beetroot muffins today, used the cold pressed oil. Wondered if I should have used the vegetable oil, but decided the cold pressed would give that nut taste that would go really well. DH is devouring them, kids are not keen, but they taste more beetrooty than anything and the children have detected the hidden veg!

Had cod in parcels with home made salsa made with the cold pressed oil today, didn't overpower the fish like olive oil could, all of us liked.

Working late tomorrow, but planning scones on Wednesday!

racingheart Mon 29-Jul-13 21:39:39

I prefer rapeseed oil when cooking Indian or middle eastern food as olive oil tastes disgusting with spices imho. Used it today to cook falafel. Very mild, fresh and non-greasy flavour. I had no idea it had health benefits though.

emily80 Mon 29-Jul-13 21:55:53

Made a veggie spaghetti bolognaise with the cold pressed yesterday and it was lovely. I find it really easy to cook with, maybe it's the higher burn point than olive oil, but it doesn't tend to smoke or overheat at all. I'll definitely continue to buy it, probably alongside my usual olive oil.

aristocat Mon 29-Jul-13 22:14:55

Still using my oil/s here too. Cooked a full breakfast using oil for my fried eggs and DH thought they were great. Also used some for my onion and spices for a curry.

poopoopoo Tue 30-Jul-13 06:55:38

We made banana muffins! We had some 'on the way over' bananas and I was not sure what to do them or with the kids. (They were jumping all over the living room like crazies). There were no cake recipes in the Easy and tasty recipes sent with the voucher, I suppose because they are not really healthy! But the kids wanted cake and I wanted to get rid of the bananas. So I found this recipe online for easy banana cake- sounded good to me as I am not a good cook. ( I replaced the butter with the cold pressed rapeseed oil (used a bit less). We decided to use the mixture in small cases like muffins. My youngest had great fun measuring out the ingredients. They turned out great, we ate some while they were warm. Then we had fun decorating the rest with the even more unhealthy chocolate icing and sprinkles, Yummmmmm. grin

GetKnitted Tue 30-Jul-13 07:18:01

birthday pancakes with cold pressed rapeseed oil coming up... dh bought 3 bottles from aldi thanks

sealight123 Tue 30-Jul-13 15:11:09

My favourite meal with rapeseed oil rather than olive oil so far is Fajitas. We eat a lot of mexican food and if you put too much olive oil in the pan you end up with greasy soggy peppers. did not have this issue with rapeseed oil. It was a lot lighter tasting and the spices didn't clump up as much as they usually do....

I tried baking a cake the other day with rapeseed oil too...It was delicious...I was going to take a picture but I just ate it instead....HOW IS THIS HEALTHIER AGAIN? :p

confusedofengland Tue 30-Jul-13 16:31:21

I've just made the cheese scones from the leaflet, with DSes (4 & 2). It was a rainy day activity! I found the oil (veg version) great to work with, as it was easier for the boys to mix in than butter would have been, not to mention less messy. It was also very convenient for today as we had run out of butter & eggs & this way I didn't have to buy any! I also used the oil to grease the baking sheet, and that worked well. Also I was pleasantly surprised how little oil was needed.

Can't comment yet on taste, but they look & smell delicious.

sc00ter Tue 30-Jul-13 16:32:15

Today I have done a recipe from the booklet - Oat Topped Mackerel with Roast Tomatoes.

We all enjoy fish in our house and I do like to try to eat a variety, must admit I am not usually a big fan of Mackerel, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Enjoyed this dish quick and easy to do and on the table quick, which is great with the kids being off school.
We had the dish with more salad veg and new potatoes.
This was a winner in our house will do again and again. smile

Just over a week into the challenge and we now have almost a full bottle of vegetable oil and NOTHING LEFT of the cold pressed! I used them both for the same dish at the start (mushrooms with smoked paprika) and the cold pressed was so good that I've been using it in everything. It has a lovely fresh nutty smell to it, as opposed to the vegetable oil which smells of nothing much. I wouldn't usually buy either but I will be buying the cold pressed again. I looked at the recipe booklet, but most of the recipes were what I would class as Autumn/Winter dishes and we were in the midst of a heatwave, so I have only cooked the bacon/mustard/new potato salad (I made it with quorn bacon as we are vegetarians) It was gorgeous! In fact I made it twice in two days as we were having friends round and they loved it too. I like the look of the tear & share scones, so we will probably make those soon too.

I made ricotta hotcakes with charred aubergines in creme fraiche, and again the flavour was better. Mostly I've just been frying onions, tomatoes etc or making salad dressings.

I normally cook everything with olive oil and make salad dressings with extra virgin olive oil. I'll definitely buy cold pressed rapeseed oil after this. Before the challenge, I wouldn't have bought it if it came with a free cream cake - sorry, but the name 'rapeseed' is so offputting. (connotations of violent crime at worst, and hayfever at best) However I think I can get over that because it tastes lovely, seems a bit better for you and comes from Yorkshire so I can feel better about food miles. I don't know how you're going to get people over this - it's a great product, but saddled with a terrible name and unfortunately women not only do most of the food shopping but are most likely to recoil from the word 'rape'.

The bottle of vegetable oil is most likely to be used for making playdough or for end-of-the-month-oh-god-we're-skint cooking.

AnneEyhtMeyer Tue 30-Jul-13 17:34:28

Can someone please tell me how they are making cakes with the rapeseed oil? Are you replacing the butter with the same weight of oil or is there some magic formula?

Really would like to give one a go as the cheese scones came out really well, but I'm nervous about making an actual cake. TIA.

celestialbows Tue 30-Jul-13 18:31:05

We tried the middle eastern lamb and quinoa patties and the seeded cheese tear n share scones using ingredients we already had in the house, delicious, quick and easy, my kind of cooking.
I'm a real olive l oil fan and occasionally try various nut oils, I wasn't keen on using the rapeseed oil but I was pleasantly surprised, it has a nice flavour and seemed quite 'delicate' in comparison to our usual olive oil. We have used it in place of olive for the last few days.
I have used it as an emergency treatment for my sunkissed tresses as well as my sunkissed skin and it has definitely improved the texture of both, I love having multi-functional kitchen products.

EmLH Tue 30-Jul-13 18:36:19

First off, thank you very much for the voucher, which I used to buy oils from Tesco. I bought Tesco's own bog-standard vegetable oil as the non-cold pressed option. Can't remember the exact price, but I remember thinking it was very cheap. As for the cold-pressed, I bought a bottle of Mr Hugh's because it is made relatively near to where I live and the bottle looked nice. It was also on offer, which was a bonus!

So far, I have used both oils and have to say that although the cold-pressed looks the most appealing packaging-wise, I am finding the cheaper oil to be lighter and better suited to frying and baking things in the oven. I have drizzled it over baked fish, chicken and potatoes and all have come out well.

There is a definite difference in colour, with the cold-pressed being a lot more orange. I think the appearance of the bottle has a lot to do with how healthy people perceive the oils to be. I would always gravitate towards the glass bottles with pretty writing and good advertising slogans, but have found that the oil in the manky looking plastic bottle is really quite nice!

The cold-pressed has a lovely nutty flavour and is good in dressings and with bread, but I found that it has an awful, strong smell if you burn it. This happened to me when I put a bit in a frying pan to warm up whilst chopping up some courgettes to lightly fry. I momentarily forgot that I needed to keep an eye on it and when I turned round it was smoking and smelt really bad; reminded me of old oil that had had fish fried in it! So that has put me off frying with it again.

However, I do think I would buy both oils again as they are cheaper than my usual olive oil and I wasn't aware of the health benefits. I am also interested in replacing butter with oil when baking and will be looking up a few cake recipes to have a go at. I am also going to make the cheese scones, just haven't got round to it yet. Will come back with more feedback when I've been a bit more adventurous!

WelliesandPyjamas Tue 30-Jul-13 18:53:58

Not that nice on a cabbage salad, much prefer the veg oil.

alialiath Tue 30-Jul-13 19:31:33

I used the rapeseed oil to fry lambs liver, and it really made a huge difference. The liver was so succulent and non greasy and it melted in my mouth, and really improved the taste of something I don't really enjoy eating, but have been advised to eat as I have anaemia.

Glitterfairys Tue 30-Jul-13 20:14:35

Just made a chorizo and potato stew using the cold pressed oil. It was yum !! I'm definitely sticking to this oil now as I prefer it to olive oil . It cooks better and tastes better :-)

emily80 Tue 30-Jul-13 20:54:44

Tonight I tried using the veg oil for the first time, maybe I'm a bit of an oil snob, but I'd been avoiding using it as it looks quite cheap and unhealthy! Anyway, I was quite surprised - it doesn't smell of anything and didn't seem to flavour the food, just cooked it nicely and my spicy vegetable cous cous was great and not at all greasy as I'd feared.

I'm also interested in how to substitute oil for butter in cake recipes? I'm making buns for my son's party on Saturday and would like to try using oil instead of butter in them.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 30-Jul-13 21:07:51

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This thread will be kept open until 19 August 2013 to give you plenty of time to get your feedback on here to be entered into our prize draws.

We're really glad to see so much enthusiasm about rapeseed oil as you learn about its benefits – UK farmers and producers will be very happy I'm sure. smile

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violetwellies Tue 30-Jul-13 21:29:12

I sauteed some onions in the cheap stuff, they were fine, made onion gravy, still fine, tasted the oil and strangely it tasted of nothing.

amigotia Tue 30-Jul-13 22:34:29

I currenly use rapeseed oil and never knew! So I have been cooking as normal by replacing my usual rapeseed oil with the cold pressed. I have done several meals in my Actifry and have noticed that the colour is more yellow and there is a distinctive nutty flavour, which is not unpleasant. The family haven't complained which can only be good! I much prefer it in the salad dressing to olive oil as it does seem a lot lighter and a lot tastier. I am now converted.

FireEngineDoll Tue 30-Jul-13 22:35:45

Thank you for my vouchers. I bought vegetable(rapeseed) oil and extra virgin cold pressed oil the other day from Tesco.

So far I have cooked pork meatballs with the standard oil, used it to cook the onion, spoces and brown the meat. It was excellent, great taste, I was actually easily converted as I have been worrying about cooking with olive oil since I read it was not good for you. So now I know the benefits of rapeseed I will stick to that. And tell my friends who cook too! The kids did not notice any difference in taste either.

I then made feta, olive and cucumber salad and used the cold pressed oil. But this I did not like. I'm used to the taste of very good extra virgn olive oil and I felt like I had poured cooking oil on my salad. Probably psychological but I will stick with olive oil for salads.

We have also done grilled lamb chops with the veg oil on and this was very good. Will report back once we have cooked more! I will try cooking with the cold pressed oil too.

Cheeseatmidnight Tue 30-Jul-13 22:57:14

I am a little behind on comments so will have a quick catch up!

Firstly, so pleased to be chosen! Thank you!

I had no idea at all about cold pressed rapeseed oil or even that the oil I had been using was rapeseed, so this has been enlightening from the start. As a result, when I went to the supermarket to buy my 2 bottles, confusion ensued. I could not find it for the life of me. I looked everywhere and finally found it on the top shelf. Why is it up there pushed back and out if reach for the 5 ft nothings amongst us!?

Anyway, I finally got a bottle down, the most expensive Farringtons MellowYellow, and I immediately loved the colour of it! I opened it as soon as I got home and smelled it, and tasted it. Such a lovely flavour, slightly nutty and subtle. I convinced dp to try it, and he was pleasantly surprised.

I have been cooking with it over the past week and plan on making the scones tomorrow. It worked well in my chocolate orange cake, and I am using it in my nieces birthday cake as she is dairy intolerant and I make cakes with oil in for her. Well keep you posted!

As far as salads and frying goes, I adore it. It doesn't seem to smoke as much and when used as a dressing I much prefer the flavour. I am definitely going to make this a regular part of my shop. I am intrigued to see what the cheaper cold pressed oils taste like as I went for the most expensive as I had the voucher!

Jackie221084 Tue 30-Jul-13 23:14:23

Thanks for the voucher and i have really enjoyed this trial :-)
~ Let us know what you think of rapeseed oil and if you knew about the benefits already or not
I had never even heard of this oil before this trial...i must lead a very sheltered life lol. I have done a bit of research into it and notice that it is a lot better and healthier for us. Normally i just use plain vegetable oil.

~ Have you tried out any recipes? How did you and your family find them?
Me and my daughter baked the carrot cake and it was delicious!

~ Please add any other comments, recipes, tips or ideas you have too - we'd love to hear from you at various stages of the challenge
We wont ever be using any other oil again :-)

katiesobol Tue 30-Jul-13 23:22:22

Thank you for my voucher, which I have used to buy some bog standard Tesco Vegetable Oil and some of Mr Hugh's Cold Pressed Rapeseed oil.

I am fascinated by this challenge, as since I have looked into this I realise that my normal preferred oil - Crisp n Dry - is 100% Rapeseed oil and I have been buying this over and above sunflower oil for a number of years on preference of taste (I now know I could also add vegetable oil to the options as it is basically the same thing).

The real revelation has been the cold-pressed rapeseed oil, which has such an amazing colour and flavour. I used it last night on some oven roasted chicken - not veering away from my usual recipe - just oil, garlic, salt and pepper - but it came out with this real depth of flavour. I have also tasted some with some balsamic and ciabatta and olives - and I love the nutty flavour it has, which is what gave the chicken the extra depth I think.

Anyway - I can wait to try some new recipes from the booklet to see what they are like.

cornflakegirl Tue 30-Jul-13 23:41:57

We have been cooking with vegetable oil for ages and I hadn't realised it was rapeseed oil. I find it really good - versatile, high smoke point, no discernible flavour.

I spent the voucher today on a couple of bottles of cold pressed oil - one Tesco own, one Mr Hugh's extra virgin cold pressed. I like the flavour of both of them. Will try making salad dressing - don't normally make this as I don't like the flavour of olive oil (can't stand olives). I will also try it instead of butter in bread, mash and scrambled eggs, as recommended up thread. I like the idea of being able to reduce the saturated fat content. I also fancy trying the cheese scones.

AnneEyhtMeyer Wed 31-Jul-13 08:39:14

Still hoping to hear how to bake cakes with it - someone must know!

I have managed to convert two other families to Rapeseed Oil during this challenge! I seem to have become quite evangelical about it! grin

Twostep Wed 31-Jul-13 09:17:44

I made the Bestest Chocolate Cake in the World with my Tesco own brand! It was so light and 'dry' - I thought it may have turned out greasy and oily tasting but no, it was really lovely! I will pop back with the recipe - I got it from the bbc website (googled something like 'easy best chocolate cake'!). Sane principle as muffins except you add boiling water at the end).

I would probably use the more expensive brands - I don't trust cheaper ones to be pure or from 100% reliable suppliers (horsegate anyone?).

I am yet to try it in a dressing - I love the taste of oilive oil so am not sure how rapeseed will measure up!

I fried some turkey breast using it, then tossrd in pre boiled new potatoes with some herbs. DS really liked the taste.

hermancakedestroyer Wed 31-Jul-13 09:49:46

Made the light spaghetti carbonara last night. My family and I are enjoying cooking together and really enjoy the taste of the rapeseed oil and cold pressed rapeseed oil. We will certianly be converting from olive oil.

gazzalw Wed 31-Jul-13 10:35:46

DW and DD are going to try a lemon cake made with rapeseed oil this morning.....(pesterpower goes a long way to making the most of these challenges particularly when they involve food making activities) grin

starlight36 Wed 31-Jul-13 13:44:48

I am one of the official testers. Thanks again for the voucher.

As with other testers I was surprised to see that the standard vegetable oil we normally use was already 100% rapeseed oil so to some extent we have been testers for a while and regularly use this oil. I discovered this when I was looking for rapeseed oil in our local supermarkets and reading the small print on the back of the bottles. Like other testers it was harder to find a cold-pressed oil - I eventually found the Farrington's Mellow Yellow in Waitrose. The bottle is attractive and the oil is a deep yellow colour. There is no discernible smell.

Reading Hugh Feaney-Whittingstall's cookery books I was aware of the benefits of using locally-produced oil but hadn't fully appreciated the health benefits until I saw the product test thread.

We have continued to use the vegetable oil as we would normally do so (in bread in our bread maker, on potato wedges in the oven are two examples) but really focused on using the cold pressed oil in place of our olive oil. We have used it in all of our usual recipes and haven't noticed any difference taste wise. The oil heats to a higher temperature than olive oil so is much better in stir frys. I noticed that the higher cooker temperature caused more splatters when i was browning chicken pieces and have learnt to adapt the cooking temperature on the hob. I've also found that you need less of it and am pleasantly surprised how little of the bottle we have used so far.

From the I have made the Lemon Chicken Parcels which were really tasty and seemed a healthy, light family meal. I used home-grown courgettes and onion in place of the baby corn and together with some packet couscous (made with vegetable rapeseed oil) and salad this was a filling meal.

Reading some of the other posts I'm now keen to try some of the baking recipes and will post again with feedback.

Thank you for the opportunity to try the Rapeseed Challenge. I found it really interesting to find out that vegetable oil was actually Rapeseed. I normally use Sunflower oil and Olive Oil (not extra virgin) for cooking. I use Extra Virgin for Salads and pasta. So I swapped it all. I used the Vegetable oil for normal cooking and to be honest never noticed. There isn't really a taste to it and cooked as well as Sunflower oil... was also much cheaper!
As for the Cold pressed I bought the British Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil. I used this in place of my Extra Virgin Olive oil. Obviously it doesn't taste the same but to be honest I preferred it as it was more subtle. I could definitely taste something with this compared to the Veg oil. What I love is this is British. Not imported like olive oil. Costs about the same and I know it will help British Farmers. I am a convert!

GlobalWarning Wed 31-Jul-13 15:16:19

Thanks for choosing me MN. It's been a culinary pleasure. And in our quest to buy mainly British this is excellent, healthy(as healthy as oil can get) and easy to get hold of!

Had a look on the website for recipes - there are some nice vegetarian ones on there if you scout around (will definitely make oat and chickpea dumplings) but you might want to sort out the search facility, as it thinks salmon is a vegetable!

fudge65 Wed 31-Jul-13 18:15:30

I bought Sainsburys Extra Special British Coldpressed rapeseed oil and Sainsburys vegetable oil. I was impressed with both these oils but I preferred the taste of the cold-pressed. I usually use olive oil but the cold-pressed was lovely as a salad dressing - nutty flavour and a light, fresh taste. I made the bacon, mustard and potato salad with the oil and it was delicious. I would definitely use these oils again, and these oils seem better value than olive oil.

boatclub Wed 31-Jul-13 19:56:46

I bought Sainsbury's veg oil and Borderfields cold pressed. The cold pressed has been great in salad dressings and a whole range of cooking. I haven't really enjoyed the veg oil - it left a definite flavour in a carrot which my usual sunflower wouldn't.

violetwellies Wed 31-Jul-13 22:34:15

Made dressing (again) using balsamic rather than red wine vinegar with the cold pressed. DS wanted dressing (with a different dinner hmm ) and Dp managed to knock the jug onto the carpet <sigh> from what I could tell this was a rounded success.
I just cant taste anything in the cheap stuff so Im using the cold pressed for everything, soup next, and may give the veg oil away, (previously used Organic &/or EVOO for most things as I LIKE the bitter olive taste.

lorka Wed 31-Jul-13 23:13:08

Thank you so much for the voucher and for the opportunity to try the rapeseed challenge.

~ Let us know what you think of rapeseed oil and if you knew about the benefits already or not
I usually use olive oil for both cooking and as salad dressings. I was not aware of the rapeseed oil benefits but now that I am I will be using it in the future. The bottle I bought of cold pressed oil was £3.49 which isn't cheap but will last us for ages and about the same price as olive oil anyway.
I used the oils instead of olive oil for all my cooking and salads and no-one noticed the flavour change. The only thing my husband commented on was that the cold pressed oil was very yellow on his salad!!

~ Have you tried out any recipes? How did you and your family find them?
I've not tried any of the recipes yet but they do look good and I will give them a go when I next do my meal planner.

~ Please add any other comments, recipes, tips or ideas you have too - we'd love to hear from you at various stages of the challenge
I liked the fact it is British and with the extra health benefits I will be buying it in the future.

Thanks for the opportunity to try it out. smile

thismousebites Wed 31-Jul-13 23:24:41

I must say I am a complete convert now and love the taste of Rapeseed.
When you see all those expensive bottles of olive oil on the shelves, that don't taste half as nice, it makes you realise just how brainwashed we can become by supermarket clap trap.

fuckwittery Thu 01-Aug-13 00:17:42

I havent yet found a failsafe conversion of butter/marge into oil for cakes but there are lots of cake recipes out there with oil if you google, this nigella one I bet would be delish with rapeseed oil with its the nutty taste

Suggest experimenting with oil and baking with some oil recipes, I sort of know the consistency needed now and what works and what doesn't. I had found that almonds and chocolate works well with oil, have just googled and found out about the science here which is very interesting!

I love olive oil taste in savoury foods although the change is ok, it will never fully replace it for me, but I'm definitely a convert to rapeseed in sweetdishes

fuckwittery Thu 01-Aug-13 00:19:57

Oh and canola oil = rapeseed oil on that dairy free and other american sites if you are googling recipes!

AnneEyhtMeyer Thu 01-Aug-13 07:08:39

Thanks fuckwittery! Will go off and have a google and read that science link and have a go!

CuppaSarah Thu 01-Aug-13 09:41:29

We made the Thai Turkey burgers and oh my god they were lovely. Definitely becoming a regular in our house. I also made roasties with both oils to see how they compared. The vegetable oil ones were a little bit tastie but felt much more greasy. The cold pressed ones were slightly less yummy, but they were way less greasy feeling and the texture was way better. I'll definitely being using the cold pressed for roasties from now on, they all taste the same once you put gravy on top, so textures the more important thing.

This week I've been using the vegetable oil in my cooking. I have to say I haven't noticed much in the way of differences between it and my sunflower oil. There's absolutely no notable difference. Considering the benefits it seems daft to get sun flower oil now. It does feel more greasy than the cold pressed oil, but it's a really good every day cooking oil. Like I said before I love that there's the option of every day oil and fancy oil.

Safe to say this household is converted to rape seed oil.

I've now been able to actually do the testing bit.

I got a bottle of cheap sainsbury's vegetable oil and some extra virgin cold pressed stuff. The vegetable oil is... well... Vegetable oil. I used it to make some stir fry and it was fine. The kids noticed no difference really and were more interested in what was in the sauce than anything else (mirin, soy sauce and some wine for anyone ho might care).

The cold pressed stuff is indeed very yellow. I made a simple salad dressing with it (just some oil and cider vinegar) which was nice. I think I prefer the flavour of olive oil generally, but it's always good to have variations on dressings. I don't think I'd want to dip bread in the rapeseed oil though, as the flavour on it's own was a bit standard vegetable-oily.

I tend to choose ingredients based on flavour rather than their supposed health qualities. So I'd be likely to use the rapeseed oil in dishes where the flavour was appropriate rather than switch to using only rapeseed oil.

Ooh, joining in! I'm a very recent convert to rapeseed oil, I have just moved to Kent and the farm just down the road cold presses their own (the brand is 'Pure Kent' if anyone is interested - highly recommended).

It is sold in the local farm shops, £4.75 for the large bottle. Been really impressed, will never buy any other type of oil again, as I really like supporting local.

I used it last night in place of olive oil in pesto, and it's really good. I also give a bottle to my foodie friends as a gift when we go to their house for a barbecue/lunch etc, our local farm shop will wrap it for you, so it's like giving a gift of extra-virgin olive oil (DH was a bit skeptical about a gift of cooking oil, but so far the reception has been positive!)

ArkadyRose Thu 01-Aug-13 11:23:29

Not an official tester but I've been trying out rapeseed oil - both the usual stuff and coldpressed - and frankly I'm completely unimpressed and don't care for the flavour at all, or the way food feels much greasier after being cooked in it. I'll be sticking to olive oil. I'm also very dubious of the health claims on the website, as I always am for any site dedicated to pushing something for its supposed health benefits. Rapeseed oil? Snake oil more likely!

FrootLoops Thu 01-Aug-13 11:31:29

I have been using the rapeseed oil for over a week now and have to say I'm impressed. I haven't tried any of the recipes on the website because I had already done my fortnight's shopping before finding that I had been chosen but I would really like to try the cheese scone recipe and the baked peaches. I have been using it instead of any other oil in all my cooking.

The vegetable oil has been fine, I do notice a slight taste in some of the food but it is a positive one and nothing overpowering so that has been a straight forward swap really.

The cold pressed oil is lovely. It smells and tastes great and I actually prefer it to the cheap olive oil that I normally use. It makes great roast potatoes and works nicely in bread recipes too. Also makes nice salad dressings.

I wasn't aware of the health benefits before taking part in the challenge but it is an easy way to help my family eat healthily. I am converted. Thanks for the chance to try this out as I probably wouldn't have made the switch on my own.

Cheeseatmidnight Thu 01-Aug-13 20:57:15

The scones are divine, and are a lovely colour!

This evening I cooked sauté potatoes in the cold pressed and they came out tasting gorgeous. They are oily tasting with normal rapeseed, but with this they were so tasty and although oily, it was like a dressing rather than a greasy coating.

Tomorrow I am taking it to my sisters house to add to a salad and get their opinions....

OK, have tried the oil for almost 2 weeks and I have to say I will be buying it in place of Olive Oil from now on. The cold pressed oil is brilliant, it tastes nice and light and makes a lovely salad dressing when mixed with a little balsamic vinegar. There is also some produced nice and close to where we live cutting down on food miles and supporting local farmers smile

~ Let us know what you think of rapeseed oil and if you knew about the benefits already or not

I didn't know about the benefits, I was vaguely aware of it (we live quite near a farm which grows lots of rape).

~ Have you tried out any recipes? How did you and your family find them?

We tried the scones (yum, they will be featuring regularly) and DH loved the mayo from the website. I've mostly used it in place of olive oil when cooking / baking or in place of butter when baking cakes. It works really well and keeps bread lovely and moist.

~ Please add any other comments, recipes, tips or ideas you have too - we'd love to hear from you at various stages of the challenge

We will definitely be using it more frequently, it is a very reasonably priced oil and tastes fantastic. We had it as a dip in place of olive oil with breads and cheese one night and it was yummy.

hermancakedestroyer Fri 02-Aug-13 08:14:34

Cooking again and this time I made a banana and choc chip loaf for DDs guide camp holiday. The recipe called for 100g of butter and so (after a bit of research) I substituted the butter for 80ml of rapeseed oil. The cake looked light and fluffy but for taste analysis we'll have to wait until Sunday when the guides return!

hermancakedestroyer Fri 02-Aug-13 08:25:25

AnneEyhtMeyer Hi there. I googled you very same question and the answer I got was 100g butter / marg is equivalent to about 80ml rapseed oil. I tried it with a banana and chocolate loaf cake as above and it seemed to work really well. smile

AnneEyhtMeyer Fri 02-Aug-13 08:31:09

Oh Herman thank you! I couldn't find that anywhere and I just keep reading about chocolate cakes and I don't like those. I am nervous that I can't seem to find anything about non-chocolate cakes - I wonder if other cakes just don't work?

TracyKNixon Fri 02-Aug-13 11:19:25

I have been chosen for this, no vouchers have arrived yet?

mistlethrush Fri 02-Aug-13 12:01:44

I have had a bit of a problem with this trial in that I've torn all the ligaments in my ankle (just before this started) so have been fairly immobile and DH has been doing most of the cooking and all of the shopping. However, he did manage to get me a bottle of the cold-pressed oil which I have used - I normally use olive oil. In comparison the flavour is slightly lighter - certainly not an unpleasant flavour and equally acceptable as olive oil. It didn't colour up as much as the olive oil and fried some eggs in the same frying pan without any more oil being added very nicely.

~ Let us know what you think of rapeseed oil and if you knew about the benefits already or not

Yes - I was contemplating getting some anyway, and this made me take the plunge!

~ Have you tried out any recipes? How did you and your family find them?

Not yet - might contemplate at the weekend if I can get on my feet for long enough!

cornflakegirl Fri 02-Aug-13 12:36:10

I used the cold pressed oil with some balsamic vinegar as a salad dressing last night. I would normally use mayonnaise, because I don't like olive oil, and the rapeseed oil worked well. Think I used a bit too much, as DH thought it was a bit runny. No real flavour of the oil came through, but that was fine.

madmumm Fri 02-Aug-13 14:30:56

I have always bought and used olive oil in cooking and always believed it to be the healthiest and tastiest oil to use in cooking, very stuck in my ways! With my voucher I purchased the 2 bottles of oil and was surprised at just how cheap the vegetable oil was and even the cold pressed oil was cheaper than the olive oil I normally buy. I cooked a quick midweek meal of spaghetti Bolognese but rather than use olive oil, kept it all the same and used the cold pressed rapeseed oil. Extremely impressed with the results, even DH commented on how tasty it was, without knowing I had changed the oil. It tasted much less greasy/oily than it normally does. I also noticed how there was a lot less smoking when the oil was hot frying the onions and minced beef and I didn't need to use the extractor fan. Definitely converted from olive oil to rapeseed oil and will be trying it out on salads and roast potatoes over the weekend.

sarahbanshee Fri 02-Aug-13 15:04:21

I bought my 2 bottles from Tesco - the ordinary seemed very good value, the cold pressed compared fairly well with extra virgin olive oil although I usually look for offers on EVOO so rarely pay full price.

I was excited to try it out as I was already aware of the health and environmental benefits of rapeseed oil and have had it in food when eating out before (farm shop cafes and the like).

I have used the cold pressed as a salad dressing, on bulgur wheat to make a tabbouleh, and in making hummus and I think it is really delicious. The hummus especially seemed to have a lovely nutty taste which I don't get with olive oil and I thought this worked really well.

I have used the ordinary rapeseed oil in pretty much all our cooking this last couple of weeks - chilli, bacon and tomato pasta sauce, mushroom risotto, roasted vegetables, and on a chicken for roasting. I can't say to be honest I have noticed a huge difference from my normal olive oil but there has been less smoke from the oven on the roasted dishes. The flavour is fine, nothing really negative or positive to say about the flavour but that is fine as I haven't wanted it to have a strong flavour.

I haven't yet tried any of the recipes but would like to try it in baking. DS has a couple of good friends with severe dairy allergies so butter substitutes in baking are always welcome for when we host or visit them!

sc00ter Fri 02-Aug-13 16:33:08


Last night we tried the two variety's my son used the cold pressed to make Blueberry Muffins.( got the kids doing a bit of supervised cooking as they are off school, daughter will be cooking Saturday)

The muffins came out really well and well risen and super fluffy.
Tasted great too. smile

I used the ordinary one for my family favourite - Pasta Bake.
I used it to brown the mince beef and fry onions, garlic and any other veg have in.
Also impressed with the results again.
Went down well with everyone as usually does and another thumbs up from our house. smile

gazzalw Fri 02-Aug-13 16:47:38

DW and DD have just made a rapeseed lemon drizzle's cooking as I type this.....Will let you know how it turns out but it smells delicious.

AnneEyhtMeyer Fri 02-Aug-13 16:49:01

Oh please could I have the recipe, gazzalw?

5madthings Fri 02-Aug-13 17:00:52

Right late replying to this thread, sorry.

Partly as I thought my vouchers hadn't arrived...only they had and were in the boys bedroom! Not sure how our when they got there but hey ho!

I was surprised to realize that the vegetable oil we often use is actually rape seed oil! Will teach me to read the label.

And dp has bought the cold pressed oil which I am yet to use but will do tomorrow.

We made cheese scones, they were lovely and a hit with the kids, next time I will try them with the cold pressed oil to see if it makes a difference.

I use the regular oil in stuff like bolognase/chilli etc and as I said I didn't realize I had been using it, I just bought what was on offer at the supermarket.

We use olive oil a lot as well as I always assumed it was healthier.. So shall try the cold pressed oil instead of olive oil next time.

I also sometimes use sesame oil, and a toasted/roasted sesame oil? In stir fries so will try the cold pressed instead of that.

I like the little recipe book, there are a few recipes in it I want to try and have had as quick look at the online site but will look more thoroughly later.

AnneEyhtMeyer Fri 02-Aug-13 18:35:51

I think I am definitely converted as I sent DH out earlier to buy another bottle of the cold-pressed oil!

As well as my posts earlier in the thread I suppose I should answer the questions asked at the beginning:

~ Let us know what you think of rapeseed oil and if you knew about the benefits already or not

Before the test I knew nothing of rapeseed oil apart from seeing the crop in the fields. I assumed it would be greasy and taste like sunflower oil, which I hate. I knew nothing of the health benefits, and always thought olive oil was the most healthy of all the cooking oils.

~ Have you tried out any recipes? How did you and your family find them?

I have tried the cheese and seed tear and share scones. They were very tasty and a big hit with family and friends.

~ Please add any other comments, recipes, tips or ideas you have too - we'd love to hear from you at various stages of the challenge

I have used the oils in all my cooking over the last two weeks and would definitely say I am converted. I prefer the taste to that of olive oil - it is less bitter and seems less greasy. I like the colour of the cold-pressed oil and really like the fact that both versions have a much higher smoke-point. I have posted through the thread of the different things I've cooked and everything so far has been a success. I am keen to try baking something sweet and have bought more oil in order to try more recipes.

Friends and family have commented on the bottle of cold-pressed oil in the kitchen and I have recommended it to them to try for themselves. Several people have commented to me that they have heard celebrity chefs talking about it recently.

Thank you very much for letting me be a tester - I've really enjoyed this challenge and will continue to use the product now that I've had a chance to try it.

I just made a cake using the standard rapeseed oil instead of margarine. Glad that it makes it a little healthier! It was just a basic vanilla sponge (all I can muster given that I have given birth since starting to test the rapeseed oil and now have a six day old to look after)

DD and I just tasted it and it is absolutely scrummy. And because I am breastfeeding I am "allowed" to eat the rest of it if I want wink

I used the conversion helpfully posted above, replacing 100g equivalent butter with 80ml rapeseed oil.

With DS1 and DD I used olive oil on their skin after a bath to ease newborn dryness. Does anyone know if it would be ok to use the rapeseed oil on DS2? I guess the cold pressed would be preferable as it is subject to less processing and refinement.

ThatsSoVanquish Fri 02-Aug-13 19:13:13

A slow start after being off food with a d&v bug..

I regularly use vegetable oil under pain of death from my mother -she avidly researches health benefits. So I knew about the benefits but I hadn't realised this is actually Rapeseed Oil. I am very happy with it - cheap, healthy, no weird taste. Will continue to use of for frying, roasting etc.

We tried the Turkey burgers. Very easy and quick to make, I like them, DP liked them a lot and ate all the leftovers for his lunch the next day.
I am also planning to make the potato sald this weekend.

We tried the cold-pressed oil where we would usually use olive oil - in salad dressing and on baking potatoes. It worked really well rubbed on the potatoes with some salt, nice crisp skin, pleasant texture and taste. Also pleasant in salad dressing and good with flavoured vinegars where you don't want a strong olive taste. It seemed quite pricey but it is a big bottle so probably reasonable enough.

ThatsSoVanquish Fri 02-Aug-13 19:14:42

Also my mother put it in cake for DD (she is dairy and egg allergic). worked really well - lovely and moist, the holy grail of the egg and dairy free cake!

Used for baked potatoes here too - fab! Grrrrr when I think of the money I could have saved by not buying olive oil over all these years.....

TheBreastmilksOnMe Fri 02-Aug-13 19:33:49

I've tried out a few of the recipes over the course of the last week including the warm bacon, mustard and potato salad (yum), the smoked salmon and oat baked cheesecake (double yum) and the baked peaches which went down a treat.

I found both oils worked really well in all of these recipes and I'm looking forward to trying out the other recipes. I couldn't really tell the difference in the taste between these oils and my usual olive oil. I was surprised at the benefits as like most people people I have been led to believe that olive oil is the healthier of the two. I will definitely be using these oils in my cooking from on now on as the whole family have enjoyed the meals I have prepared using them.

sisteroutlaw Fri 02-Aug-13 21:52:48

So pleased to have been picked to take part in a foodie sort of trial! Been a bit slack about posting til now. Slapped wrist.

OK the points in the OP:

Initially didn't know much about rapeseed oil until Hugh Fearnley-Whittingsall (HFW) started banging on about it in his recipes in the Grauniad. I leapt to the conclusion it must be because he's concerned with food miles and that rapeseed is an indigenous crop/product. This pleases me. Love the idea of a Mediterranean diet but don't want to have to ship in the components.

Didn't realise the positive health benefits. Love that rapeseed oil has a high smoke point as I do tend to shallow fry for ease and flavour shock. I'd rather eat my omegas and heart healthies through food rather than supplements so that's another tick.

[Aside: I always thought it was a crop for animals - it's quite a potent sight and smell where I grew up and not thought of in all that positive a light. I'm pleased to have this image of it reversed.]

I love the recipe booklet that arrived with the voucher - quite an interesting bent on some familiar recipes. Really keen on trying the cheese tear and share scones.

I bought one bottle of Tesco's own finest cold-pressed and one of Crisp N Dry (what is anti-foaming agent...? confused)

Things I've made:
Apple and raisin muffins - own cup of this and that recipe. I usually use flavouless grapeseed oil for cakes/muffins. Substituted for the more expensive cold-pressed. Didn't add flavour so that's a bonus. Does add a golden hue.

Sweet potato falafels - Al fa'ez packet mix. Reduce water added to approx.100ml + 2 large sweet potatoes cooked and mashed (microwave for 10 mins turning once half way til soft then scoop out and add to mix). Made into ping pong balls and flattened. Shallow fry in an obscene 5ml to 1 cm of oil to a good colour. Drain on kitchen paper. Kids go wild for them. Serve with greek yoghurt (poss add chopped mint and tiny bit crushed garlic). Used Crisp N Dry.

Pan fried rainbow trout. Used cold-pressed.

Courgette pasta thing. Didn't stink the house out when I forgot to turn them the courgettes over... Got a bit too much colour but most tasty.

My feelings: doesn't add flavour like EVOO. Not sure how I feel about this for some cooking and salads. Got so used to the flavour in some dishes. I feel this is somewhat lighter. That's not a bad thing. Certainly made me reconsider the oils I buy and I'll most probably be boring people about it - home-grown and healthy - really?! etc.

Deffo push the UK crop angle.

FireEngineDoll Fri 02-Aug-13 23:18:22

Back again. Cooked the kids cheesy pasta with chicken and peas. Did the chicken in a pan with rapeseed oil and it went down very well with the kids who actually finished their whole portions (normally unheard of).

While I am here I just wanted to say I really hope people become more aware of the benefits of rapeseed oil from this campaign (and the subsequent word of mouth) as unless you are particularly well informed food wise you just don't hear about it. I am never using olive oil to cook again and very pleased to have found a healthy alternative.

And like the poster above I'd be interested to know what anti-foaming agent is. Off to google.

RedRoseMummy Fri 02-Aug-13 23:31:50

I purchased my oils from Sainsbury's, standard vegetable oil for £2 and cold pressed in a very fancy bottle for just under £4.

So far I've been using the standard oil in place of the sunflower oil or olive oil I use for frying and been very impressed. I have a Tefal Actifry and have been using the Rapeseed Oil as the spoonful of oil to cook with. I haven't noticed any discernible difference in taste and it cooks just as well as the other oils.

I think I'm converted to the cold pressed oil. I've used it in a salad dressing with chive flower vinegar and mustard and it tasted great. The oil has a peppery taste to it which complemented the other ingredients well.

So far I've made the Tear and Share Cheese Scone recipe and the whole family loved it. I served it with a chicken salad and my son ate about hald the scones and none of his meal! This is a recipe that I will definitely use again. It was so simple and gave impressive results. I think I might also try it with the cold pressed oil to see if that gives it added flavour.

I can see us buying the cold pressed oil again in the future, I've really enjoyed trying that and never would have done so without this challenge. The health benefits are an added bonus and it's always good to find an easier way of getting omega 3 in to my family's diet.

CointreauVersial Fri 02-Aug-13 23:58:06

Very interesting.....

I'm not an official tester, but I've been using rapeseed oil for a few years now, ever since a friend told me it was healthier than sunflower oil. It cooks as well as any vegetable oil, better then olive oil, as it is stable at a higher temperature.

BUT I've not yet come across the cold-pressed variety, for salads etc, and I will definitely be seeking it out. I like olive oil, but also like to try different oils in dressings (e.g. walnut).

Cheeseatmidnight Sat 03-Aug-13 08:10:18

Took the rapeseed to my sister's house yesterday and everyone loved it and are going to buy it.

Interestingly my sil asked where it was as she looked the other week and couldn't find it... Top shelf issues too!

ataraxia Sat 03-Aug-13 08:50:52

not an official tester - can't say I've ever thought much about what oil I'm using for cooking - it's more about the price and delivery system. So I have some vegetable oil from the poundstore for general frying and cooking - it's absolutely fine and lasts ages. Then I have a spray (not sure which oil) when I just need a small amount of oil.

Would probably use olive oil for salad dressing so interesting to hear that coldpress might be good for that. Also interesting to hear about using oil in baking e.g. muffins.

Rapeseed oil sounds versatile with health benefits - I think the main sticking point (pardon the pun!) would be the name! So sticking with veg oil and cold press branding seems to be a good move.

gazzalw Sat 03-Aug-13 11:19:18

The Rapeseed Oil Lemon Drizzle Cake was delicious......

We are well and truly converted in this household and will be buying it in future. Pity you can't get it in a solid form to substitute butter!

My only gripe is that rapeseed ruins honey as it makes it very oily...great pity as I'm a honey lover too....bit of a conflict of interests!!!

Blatherskite Sat 03-Aug-13 12:38:40

I've always avoided anything obviously labelled as rapeseed oil as those yellow flowers are an awful hayfever trigger for me. Interested in this trial though....

MrsJohnDeere Sat 03-Aug-13 15:49:28

Sorry to be so late posting my feedback blush

We were on holiday for most of the trial period but were self-catering so took rapeseed oil instead of our usual groundnut and olive oils. I used the standard rapeseed oil for frying things (eggs, sausages) and the cold-pressed in situations where I'd normally use extra brain olive oil (salad dressings, potato salad).

I knew a little about the health benefits already. I am interested in the the idea that eating something homegrown might help with hayfever. We live in the countryside and rapeseed in full bloom makes our lives fairly hellish for a few weeks (definitely the worst trigger for hayfever). If eating more of it would help with that I'm all in favour.

We cooked things we normally would, but fairly basic stuff because we were on holiday with limited cooking facilities. Our absolute favourite was crushed new potatoes with rapeseed oil and seasoning. Not sure about the yellowish tinge to the potatoes but it was no big deal.
Jury's out on salad dressing. We not ally make one with 4 parts olive oil, one part balsamic or white wine vinegar, salt, pepper. Substituting rapeseed oil for olive oil wasn't quite as nice IMHO.
The Dcs loved having pasta (spinach and ricotta tortellini) drizzled with the oil instead of pesto or tomato sauce. They were ver y impressed (and are fussy eaters....)

We didnt try the recipes because we didnt have Internet access.

I would certainly buy and use it again though.

It took two attempts to but the standard oil. One branch of Sainsburys didn't have it. Lots of choice of the cold-pressed one (4 different types?).

Thank you for letting me try this. A product test that all the family enjoyed. smile

helenthemadex Sat 03-Aug-13 15:49:37

I bought my oils just before going away on holiday and as we were self catering I took them with me to try.

I made up several different salad dressings with the cold pressed oil and everyone enjoyed them, the oil seemed to be much lighter and added a subtle taste to the dressings.

The vegetable oil was used for a variety of dishes. In roasted vegetables I often find that the usual olive oil can make them slightly greasy but with this oil they were not greasy. I used it in a bolgense and that was really good lovely and light, not heavy and slightly greasy as it sometimes can be, it also had much more flavour than usual. I also used the oil to fry onions for hot dogs when we had a bbq, and found that the onions tasted better

It was good to be part of this product test because I probably would have stuck with olive oil thinking it was the healthiest option

EstoyAqui Sat 03-Aug-13 16:27:44

I went to Sainsburys and purchased Hillfarm Oils Coldpressed Extra Virgin Rapeseed Oil and Sainsbury's Pure Vegetable Oil. I wasn't aware that several of the oils I have used in the past were actually from rapeseed. This was surprising to me as I like to think I'm a conscious shopper but apparently not!

We did not try any of the recipes from the website or booklet as its been a very busy couple of weeks and as such the tolerance for new things lowers with my DCs, but we incorporated them into our regular recipes.

I liked the price of the oils. They were competitively priced and the bottles looked attractive. My DH is Spanish and was adamant the flavours would not be as nice in typical dishes but he was unable to tell the difference in both cooked dishes and salad dressings. The only differences I noticed was on making a carrot cake the oil seeped into the cases more than usual and in serving the Extra Virgin oil with Balsamic for dipping bread into it felt greasier in the mouth.

I wasn't aware of any health benefits to the oils but since starting the taste trial I've been looking into them. I'm really suprised by what they offer health wise such as less saturated fat. My MIL is concerned though that its healthier than Spanish olive oil, she refuses to believe this!

We used the oils in all many different dishes including; paella with side salad, carrot cake, cooking our courgettes in a tempura batter, crab curry, pakora, pancakes, frying eggs, and homemade bread. We could not tell the flavour difference in any of the dishes, except those listed above. The one thing I noted was our tempuras came out much darker than usual as did our pakoras.

I buy various different oils with our shopping and testing this will prompt me to add Rapeseed oil to our basket.

Thanks for the opportunity of testing.

madamegourmand Sat 03-Aug-13 17:10:36

I'd heard a lot about rapeseed oil before the challenge but had never purchased a bottle. I used the vegetable rapeseed for my day to day cooking and the cold pressed for salad and dressings. During the two weeks I made various dishes including pasta, chilli, turkey burgers, falafel, salad, honey soy chicken, lamb kebabs, kofta, omelette, French toast, muffins and bread. I found the raw taste of the oil much lighter than my usual variety and the vegetable oil didn't burn on a high heat. I was very impressed with both of the oils and I'm happy to pay more in the future for these two varietys. I will definitely be making another purchase.

GlobalWarning Sat 03-Aug-13 18:03:00

we have continued to cook with ours. tonight it is burgers cooked in a little oil (they are veggie so need the help). they tasted delicious. I Love that the oil doesn't leave an after taste. I also made some pasta salad and used some oil to dress is in a simple sauce with lemon and parmasan. I'm finding baking with the oil really easy too. grin grin

CheeryCherry Sat 03-Aug-13 21:12:13

Sorry for the late feedback, I bought the bottles and took them in holiday to try it out on our extended family!
I hadn't really heard if using rapeseed oil before this challenge, but was very interested, having been brought up surrounded by the bright yellow fields, and knowing many people allergic to it. Is there any evidence that this product will help desensitise?
I am impressed that it is such a local product to me, with much less air mileage involved. Plus the reduced saturated fat is a no brainer.
I made three batches of the cheese scone tear and share (with extra parmesan on top) which went down a storm.
I also used it for roasted veg for a pizza topping, chicken and veg kebabs, frying sausages for sausage pasta salad, garlic mushrooms, and morning breakfast bacon butties. I used the cold pressed oil for salad dressing, drizzled on salmon and in potato salad. The dressing was particularly noticeably lighter.
I am definitely going to recommend this oil to friends and family. I collect Yorkshire products for a hamper each Christmas, these will certainly be going in this year!
Thank you smile

Ohheckscarednow Sat 03-Aug-13 21:17:02

I have both using both for a week now.

Surprised how much I like the taste of the cooking oil given how much I use olive oil as standard. It was great with a stuffed mushroom recipe.

The cold pressed is ok on salads, but not my preference for dressings, but I'll persevere as I think the flavour could work with something's like nut based salads.

The recipe book was not good for vegetarians. No savoury veggie meal recipe in it which I thought was pretty poor.

I will probably use the veg oil more in cooking as it's cheaper and tasted good.

Barbeasty Sat 03-Aug-13 21:48:05

I didn't know about the benefits, but have been using it for a while, after buying some at a farmer's market.

I tried the scone recipe, when friends came and I didn't have a chance to get bread. They went down well.

The ordinary oil is fantastic for roast potatoes, even better than the cold pressed version.

To be honest, recently we've had both cold pressed and olive oil in, but I think I might drop the olive oil in future. And DH says he wants rapeseed rather than sunflower oil.

DoItTooJulia Sat 03-Aug-13 21:53:19

I have been using both for a week.

The cheaper vegetable oil type one I have used and noticed no difference at all! Whatsoever! Totally converted.

The cold pressed one I have used before and I really like it. I originally got it because of the health benefits and I am now a convert. Olive oil tastes heavy now, and quite greasy. The cold pressed one is a richer colour too.

I made tabbouleh with the cold pressed rapeseed oil and it was gorgeous! I cooked bulgar wheat and when cooled seasoned it with salt, pepper and a huge glug of rapeseed oil. Then I added chopped mint, cucumber, spring onion and a clove of garlic. Mixed well and refrigerated for half an hour.

As vegetarians I am always looking for new ways to get Omega oils that we don't get from fish, and this is great, tasty way!

shinytrousers Sun 04-Aug-13 08:17:05

I've not been chosen but have been using rapeseed oil for years. It has a higher burning point than olive oil, so none of that black smoke you sometimes get with olive oil when stir frying and you can use less in cooking. It also seems to be a lot lighter in baking too!

lambfam Sun 04-Aug-13 09:08:57

I went to Tesco and purchased the Great Ness Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Rapeseed Oil and the Tesco organic rapeseed oil. I had not realised that the oil is lower in saturated fats than other oils but this would definitely influence my decision in buying it in the future as I try to make healthy choices for my family.

We used the organic rapeseed oil for all our cooking for the 2 weeks and mostly used the cold pressed oil as a salad dressing. We made roast potatoes; potato wedges and oven chips with the oil and the family did not notice a difference between our normal oil and this so I would choose it in future for its health benefits.

We all liked the taste of the cold press oil and my boys both said that they thought it tasted nutty. We then did a blind test where we tried our normal cold pressed olive oil and the rapeseed oil and on some salad and had to choose which one we preferred without knowing which was which. We all chose the rapeseed over the olive oil and are now converted!

We tried the tear and share scones which I really liked but unfortunately the rest of the family really didnt like, so wont be doing that one again. That was disappointing as we are a big fan of scones and I like the idea of the health benefits of the oats.

Being non-meat eaters there were not many recipes that were of interest but I do like the look of oat topped mackerel - when I see some nice fresh mackerel in the shop I will give that one a try.

So overall, a great challenge for our family and we are now converted. I have been spreading the word already and telling everyone to try it and about the health benefits

lyndseyh78 Sun 04-Aug-13 13:22:10

I went to Sainsburys and bought British Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil & also a large veg oil. I wasn't already aware of the health benefits but was very interested to read how good it was for you!

I have used the oil in place of all other oil for over 2 weeks now an i am really impressed it doesn't have a strong taste and when i used it in place of butter for flapjacks they were delicious and much more moist than the ones i normally make (which is every week for my daughters lunch box) We also made Moroccan Pork Kebabs with Cous Cous which was really nice and my little ones really enjoyed it. I also used it for various other things where i would normally use olive oil.

I am going to bake the carrot cake this week with my little ones as it looks delicious

I really liked the oil and will be using it in place of olive oil from now on.

Thank you for letting us test this oil we have had great fun baking things and trying new dishes grin

I bought the cheap £1.25 vegetable oil and the Tesco Finest Cold Pressed Oil.
I used both the oils to fry Quorn bacon and eggs to go in breakfast baguettes and both were really nice.
I used the vegetable oil to fry some veggie mince for a bolognaise and that was fine too.

I have been using olive oil and now knowing the health benefits of rapeseed I'll definitely be using this from now.

I saw upthread someone bought a local Kent one so will look out for it when this one starts to run out.

I didn't realise it was the healthiest choice of oils before this test so am grateful for that info. I'll not bother with olive or sunflower oil again.

~ Have you tried out any recipes? How did you and your family find them?
Well, I tried the carrot cake and messed it up a bit. I got the flour amount wrong somehow and didn't put enough in. It made it rather carrotty.
But, the method was so easy, not having to cream the butter so will definitely be cutting out butter and mixing oil with the eggs.

Am very happy, thank you.

MrsMeow Sun 04-Aug-13 13:52:37

I bought the British cold pressed oil and Sainsburys own veg oil (which I usually use anyway)

We fried bacon and sausages in the rapeseed and even my husband agreed that they tasted better. I also made salad dressing with the rapeseed oil which I wouldn't do with normal veg oil so can see rapeseed being a bit more economical in the long run as it will get used more instead of us throwing half a bottle of out of date stuff out!

This is as far as I've got so far I'm afraid as due to a glitch I didn't receive my voucher until Friday. I'll definitely be sticking to the rapeseed oil though. I like the taste better and of course the health benefits are a major reason for it.

Looking forward to trying the buttercream with just oil & eggs. Sounds so much easier!

stephgr Sun 04-Aug-13 15:16:02

I didn't receive the voucher for the trial but when looking into the benefits of rapeseed oil, I decided it was really worthwhile participating

~ I was aware of rapeseed oil but had never tried it before which is daft given the health benefits. I was really surprised and impressed to learn about the benefits of rapeseed oil. We have a history of heart problems in my family with high cholesterol (even when I eat only the so-called good fats my levels are crazily high) so I was intrigued from the start.

~ I have mostly been using the oil for roasting and frying because it has a higher burning point than olive oils. All the family liked the cold pressed British rapeseed oil because of its nutty flavour. Neither my husband nor children noticed the difference when I used rapeseed oil for roasting and frying which is fine. From the site I made Chicken Breasts Roasted with Peppers and Courgettes, Salmon and Avocado Salad with Lemon Dressing and the lemon chicken parcels. They all tasted good but especially the salad because the dressing is so flavoursome. I'm definitely going to try more dressings.

Apart from the specific recipes I also used it for stir fries and roasts. I also used it in a chocolate cake recipe and it worked brilliantly - the sponge was really moist and it wasn't dry when we polished off the rest of the cake 2 days later. The only problem is my children are now begging me to make more cakes but at least the cakes will be a bit healthier!

I also like the added environmental benefit - because it is produced locally it cuts down on the carbon footprint of imported oils.

I am definitely buying it from now onwards given it tastes good, is healthier and kinder to the environment. It's a win, win, win!

BookwormMummy Sun 04-Aug-13 17:15:58

Tried the cold pressed oil with my roast potatoes today. (Think I may have slightly over done the amount of oil needed though!). Taste was fine. The only problem I noticed with the cold pressed oil though is the very strong smell. I'm sure I am more aware of it because I am the one cooking it though because none of my family mentioned it.
I did notice a very nutty smell during the cooking process though and I do have to say it is the aroma which I still struggle with...

TheFutureMrsB Sun 04-Aug-13 17:24:07

I didn't realise the health benefits of using Rapeseed oil over Olive Oil but now I do know I think I will be buying this in future.

I used it over the potatoes today to roast and they came out brilliantly, I really liked the crisp texture and they didn't taste as thought I had changed the oil so the kids didn't complain which can only be a good thing!

Also used the cold pressed over a pasta salad that me and my partner had last night and it was delicious with a slightly nutty taste, it made the salad a bit more interesting.

Haven't had a chance to do any baking yet but will definitely be trying out some of the recipes. I didn't realise you could use the oil in place of butter!

snowwhite27 Sun 04-Aug-13 18:41:34

Not an official tester. However I have used rapeseed oil for years now. I like it for the health benefits compared up other oils when frying or roasting. I generally use it for my roast potatoes, which come out very crispy. I also use it yo fry instead of vegetable/sunflower oil. All in all a very healthy alternative

sc00ter Sun 04-Aug-13 18:42:38


Yesterday evening I decided to have a go at a couple of the recipes from your booklet, as we were going on a family day out to the zoo.
I thought this would be a great way to test take away goodies.

So I used the two varieties - used the cheaper one to make the seeded cheese scones, and the cold pressed to make the smoked salmon and oat baked cheesecake.

Loved these two recipes and were great as an alternative to sandwiches!

The only things extra to buy for these recipes were the seeds for the scones and salmon for the bake - so not to much to spend as all the other ingredients i already had in the house which was a bonus too smile

The kids loved the scones and will do again when my mom visits to have with our tea. My husband and I loved the Salmon Bake, but I love Salmon anyway and this was a new way of having it and very portable. My husband will take some to work tomorrow for lunch, so another bonus I am one step ahead there. smile

Howstricks Sun 04-Aug-13 21:03:56

We have finished our bottles!! Now normally a bottle of oil would last best part of a month..but we have been oil crazy in the name of research. The balsamic and oil dip..well this was the absolute only dish where the expensive extra virgin olive oil won. The guests preferred the grassy, olivey taste and found the less powerful taste of rapeseed not quite so attractive.Every other dish..mayo, cakes, frying, baking, salad dressing, and a twist on garlic bread..rapeseed was versatile, delicious and performed. I was aware of the health benefits from a food show and will happily keep an expensive british made bottle for dressings etc and the cheaper alternative for general use. Oh yes..i did spill some and scooped it up and rubbed it into my hands..beautifully not just for eating! smile

Chugnut Sun 04-Aug-13 21:06:42

I bought British cold pressed oil and Sainsburys own vegetable oil. I normally buy oil in Lidl and use their veg oil and olive oil as it's so cheap but was pleasantly surprised at the cost comparison of the cold pressed to the normal olive that I buy.

We have cooked normal meals using both the oils - Roast beef and homemade yorkshire puds which rose brilliantly using the cold pressed oil and tasted yummy! Roast potatoes also came out crispy and everyone said that they tasted the same as normal.

We also had paella from scratch which tasted the same as with olive oil, chow mein with the left over roast beef, and curry from scratch - fried the onions on a v low heat for about 20 mins using the veg oil and they turned out fab to make the curry base from.

I did bake a little using the oil but not sweet - we made oven baked frittata as we had a glut of quails eggs and for a change made it in individual pie tins sprayed with oil and they cooked and rose beautifully (and tasted amazing!)

Very interested in the health benefits as compared to Olive oil and will probably be making the switch permanent after doing a lot of reading!

Thank you for the opportunity to test.

Fraxinus Sun 04-Aug-13 21:34:56

After about 2 weeks of testing, I would say that apart from the colour, nobody has really noticed the difference!

I put some cold pressed on the potato salad (1 child hates mayo) and they said oh no is it curry potatoes? Thinking it was turmeric which they don't like. They tucked in and ate the lot.

I am wondering HOW the yellow colour is removed from the refined oil.... Did someone say is was a chemical and nasty process?

Also am not convinced that cold pressed rape seed oil is cheaper than budget olive oil, and unfortunately, 50 p more on a bottle is going to stop me from buying it regularly.

Thank you for the opportunity to try it though

zipzap Sun 04-Aug-13 23:39:02

I got the sainsburys vegetable rapeseed oil and the Farringdon cold pressed rapeseed oil - which I have used previously.

Because it's been so hot I haven't done lots of cooking recently but we've just lived off salads. So much so that the bottle of cold pressed oil is almost out as it has been used for so much salad dressing! It's great in dressing - either as a basic vinaigrette made with the cold pressed rapeseed oil and a good squirt of Merchant Gourmet Balsamic glaze (which is delicious and yummy and makes a fab dressing) or if I have a bit more time on my hands then it's my eclectic dressing (or eccentric dressing as dh calls it!) - c.p. rapeseed oil, a good squirt of thai sweet chilli sauce and a good dollop of Barts chopped coriander in a jar (so wet rather than dried herbs). Sounds really weird but works really well, especially with the nuttiness of the cold pressed rapeseed oil. Sometimes add a squirt of merchant gourmet balsamic glaze to it as well, if I feel in the mood for it to be a bit more vinegary.

We've also been using the cp oil and balsamic glaze for dipping bread into which the dc think is fun and makes a change from bread and butter for them.

Today I did do a roast beef joint and as have lost the butter I bought the other day (not good on a warm weekend, beginning to dread finding it as it's definitely not in the fridge!) I used the cold pressed oil to drizzle over the beef rather than stick a big knob of butter on it. Tasted absolutely fine, nobody noticed and the beef was beautifully tender. As I make the gravy in the pan with the meat juices it meant it was in the gravy too and it worked really well. I don't usually add salt to food although I do use salted butter, so it took me a little while to figure out that the gravy needed a hint of salt to taste similar to normal as it usually gets it from the butter. But that was fine.

Still haven't found my butter but not sure that I am brave enough to have cold pressed rapeseed oil on my crumpets for breakfast! Might make the muffins though tomorrow, they would be a good breakfast thing, even if I haven't done them in time for tomorrow!

The vegetable oil I've used for doing bacon and egg - works really well although I would probably add a small knob of butter for flavour when frying egg as I like a bit of butteriness with it! DH managed to use the cold pressed oil to do bacon and egg with one day - he said it was nice but was hard pressed to work out what the difference was with what he normally has grin

Maybe now that it's going to be cooler this week I'll actually want to switch the oven on and do some proper cooking!

I'm also going to look out for a recipe for microwave chocolate cake in a cup and see if I can use the oil for that recipe - sounds like the sort of thing that might work very well...

zipzap Sun 04-Aug-13 23:41:23

Oh and I'm not sure what I did wrong but when I tried to get a copy of the recipe booklet I got a runtime error and that was it - no idea if I have submitted a request for the booklet or if it never made it that far!

Thought I'd do it again tomorrow when I have a little more time and dc aren't around... fingers crossed!

insanityscratching Mon 05-Aug-13 07:45:23

~ Let us know what you think of rapeseed oil and if you knew about the benefits already or not.
I had heard of rapeseed oil but I hadn't read of the benefits, neither did I know that the oil I generally buy was rapeseed oil.

~ Have you tried out any recipes? How did you and your family find them?
I've used the oil as I normally would and in place of olive oil no one noticed on taste although they did comment on colour when I used the cold pressed oil to make a salad dressing. I made the carrot cake, the brownies and the cheese scones and they were all a hit and plan on making a chocolate fudge cake today using the oil.

~ Please add any other comments, recipes, tips or ideas you have too - we'd love to hear from you at various stages of the challenge
Until I was asked to take part in the challenge I would never have considered using rapeseed oil when making a cake, it had to be butter but it has made me think again not only for the health benefits but also because cost wise the oil works out cheaper than butter.

aristocat Mon 05-Aug-13 08:06:56

Thanks for this rapeseed challenge, we have really loved it. Will definitely be always buying rapeseed from now on and both of my bottles are almost empty.

I have also made Moroccan Pork Kebabs and Chocolate & cranberry brownies from the website. Both were delicious smile DCs liked the brownies very much.

mummyofcutetwo Mon 05-Aug-13 12:21:30

We thought the rapeseed oil was great! Turns out that I've been using the non cold pressed stuff as my "cheap" oil (for frying eggs etc) for a fair while! I didn't know of the benefits of rapeseed oil before, but I'm becoming a bit of a convert, telling everyone about it.

I haven't tried any of the recipes as life has been a bit hectic these last couple of weeks. Instead I've just used it where I'd previously have used olive oil (which was largely for everything except frying eggs!).

The whole family appears to have enjoyed it. My 5yo isn't usually shy of voicing an opinion and there were no complaints from him, so I'm assuming he liked it. Similarly with my husband.

We'll definitely be using it in future.

Ok, I am officially a convert to rapeseed oil in terms of baking. Last week I made a vanilla sponge using the cheap rapeseed oil instead of butter, and today I made flapjacks and a huge coffee and walnut cake. OMG - absolutely delicious! (Do I have to share it???)

It is brilliant to know that the saturated fat content is less, and of course it is so much cheaper than using butter. Mum has been ordered to follow a low saturated fat diet due to heart problems, and will be delighted to know that she can substantially reduce the fat content by using this oil, and in such a variety of ways.

We are planning to try some home made fishcakes tomorrow, with a stirfry, to see how the cold-pressed rapeseed oil fares in place of olive oil.

I found some more recipes here (and used the one on this site for the traditional flapjacks)

hermancakedestroyer Mon 05-Aug-13 14:24:39

Thanks wavesandsmiles am just off to bake some ANZAC biscuits - DD has just tried them on guide pack holiday and says they are delicious - will let you know!

mrslurkalot Mon 05-Aug-13 15:31:16

Impressed so far!!

I bought 'crisp and dry' which is apparently rapeseed oil - who knew???!, used it in place of other oils when doing a stir fry, it was great as the pan got really hot and the oil showed no signs of burning. I don't tend to use oil very much for any other cooking, as I am not a big baker, and other than stir fry, I don't like to fry food.

I also bought the tesco finest cold pressed rapeseed oil, which I have used to make salad dressings. Very impressed with this v olive oil. I actually prefer the taste, and love the idea that it's less saturated fat.

I have been meaning to try rapeseed oil for ages, and am now converted!

insanityscratching Mon 05-Aug-13 15:40:27

I love ANZAC biscuits, it's years since I had any, so will make some with dd tomorrow. I really like the look of the chocolate and sour cherry muffins on the page waves linked to so might have a go at them later in the week.

BlackeyedSusan Mon 05-Aug-13 18:26:33

i have been cooking with rapeseed oil since the start of the experiment. it may be conincidence, but I have lost a little weight. only a couple of pounds, mind. i would have to see whether this keeps up when back in term time habits though.

zipzap Mon 05-Aug-13 18:43:19

While I remember - I've realised that I have a small Berio spray of light olive oil that I use quite a lot when I need just a little oil to say put on the bottom of a baking sheet to stop things sticking when cooking (I know they're supposed to be non-stick but that just seems to mean that the coating then comes off on your food rather than sticking to the baking sheet) or say if I'm doing quorn sausages for dh (I know, I know, I don't like the things!) I give them a quick spray to help them cook. Also if I'm slow roasting a chicken or lamb joint in the slow cooker, I've found that a quick spray will mean that the skin goes brown and relatively crispy (well, it doesn't stay pale and flaccid anyhow!) which is really useful. Or when doing mediterranean roasted vegetables like peppers and aubergines - a quick spray is easier than drizzling oil over.

So what I'm trying to say is - please could you consider doing a spray version of rapeseed oil too! It would be really useful...

boatclub Mon 05-Aug-13 19:37:51

Any excuse for a food ponce moment. I've been given some Aberdeenshire cold pressed rapeseed oil and thought I'd do a little tasting to compare it to the borderfields I got with the voucher. I've had a little dunk with some French stick then made a salad dressing. The borders one was mellower and the Aberdeen one was fruitier and worked better for the dressing.

I've ditched the beg oil - yuk but think I'd use the borderfields as a general everyday oil - its great in baking and save the other for dressings.

mamacheeks Mon 05-Aug-13 20:52:21

We've been using the cold pressed oil since the start of the experiment - actually went out and bought it just before the vouchers came as presumed we wouldn't be chosen! The best news is that neither husband nor DCs have noticed the change of oil from light olive oil and food has been consumed as usual! I've enjoyed the cold pressed in particular as part of salad dressing and when cooking scrambled eggs and stir fries. Just waiting for the time to experiment with more of the recipes suggested!

emily80 Mon 05-Aug-13 20:55:11

I've been using the rapeseed oils for 3 weeks now and am still very impressed and definitely a convert. I've found myself using it in preference to olive oil most of the time as it seems to flavour the food less, I'll definitely be looking out for and buying it in future.

gazzalw Tue 06-Aug-13 13:36:11

Did you hear Raymond Blanc extolling the virtues of rapeseed oil on his BBC2 programme yesterday evening? If it's good enough for Raymond it's good enough for us grin.

We are officially converted so thanks for letting us take part in the product trial - it's been a pleasure, has meant more home-baked products than normal (which can only be a good thing!) and I think tastier food generally.....

sc00ter Tue 06-Aug-13 14:13:10


Just wanted to say I have enjoyed the two week challenge and I will buy it again as there is little or no over powering taste on the dishes I have been cooking.

Also there is of course the price difference. smile

Many thanks for the opportunity to try the oils out for myself, but I ask myself why didn't I buy any before??

I mean its always been sitting there on the shelves!

I suppose we are all creatures of habit and tend to buy as we always have done in the past, or we buy what our mother bought etc.... until well we are given an opportunity to be different.

So many thanks again smile

CelticPromise Tue 06-Aug-13 14:20:08

I buy a local rapeseed oil from the Chilterns, it's really good quality and great to cook with, and I love the the fact it is not imported.

snowballinashoebox Tue 06-Aug-13 16:50:04

Firstly apologies for the late posting, been camping and still drying out.

~ Let us know what you think of rapeseed oil and if you knew about the benefits already or not:

I bought the Borderfields cold pressed oil and think it's a keeper. I love the colour loads more exciting that olive oil. The veg oil is um veg oil. I sort of knew that Rapeseed oil had a higher burn point and might have waffled on about omega 3 and 6 but didn't really know much about it. The biggest benefit for me is that I can buy it very locally to me, so cutting food miles is fab.

~ Have you tried out any recipes? How did you and your family find them?

Before we went camping, when it was still hot, lots of salad dressings with the cold pressed oil. The tear and share and potato and bacon salad all well received. Whilst camping in the fog and rain a vast amount of bacon butties were consumed all fried in rapeseed oil, no difference at all so happy with that. My fried onions, culinary camping genius that I am took on a good colour cooked in the cold pressed oil.

Today I made a carrot and apricot cake using veg oil for the first time and it looks good, nicely risen far less faff than messing about with butter and much cheaper. So that has got me thinking about cooking more with oil although I am still shuddering a bit about the processing that the cheaper oil goes through.

~ Please add any other comments, recipes, tips or ideas you have too - we'd love to hear from you at various stages of the challenge

Thanks for the vouchers and including me in this challenge it has been interesting and I will now always look above the middle shelf.

GetKnitted Tue 06-Aug-13 22:14:41

Thanks again, this has been a lovely trial and cold pressed rapeseed oil is on our shopping list now!

HazelDormouse Tue 06-Aug-13 22:17:53

I have had no problems whatsoever with using the two oils. Really rather pleased with all cooking results, (Cold pressed was even used with great success in a blueberry muffin recipe.) Since I started this trial, I have started to notice how often rapeseed oil is used in a variety of supermarket bought food, even in baby/toddler food. Found this quite interesting.

Cheeseatmidnight Thu 08-Aug-13 08:11:59

I am absolutely loving the cold pressed oil. I used it in mash last night and dp commented immediately on how nice the mash was and asked what I had done differently.

I am pleased it is not too pricey as I can afford to carry on using it, and I don't seem to have got through as much as I thought I would. I don't seem to need as much as other oils as the flavour is nice with just a drizzle and in cooking it doesn't burn off so a light coating is fine.

So pleased I took part in this as I honestly had no idea it existed.


Put the cold pressed oil through its savoury paces again today after my recent cake baking spree (and no doubt I'm a convert to using the oil for making cakes)

I treated my DCs to a cooked breakfast and used the cold pressed oil for cooking fried bread, fried egg and scrambled egg (I grill the meat). Tasted lovely, and the brea and eggs took on a gorgeous yellow colour. Will definitely be the way to cook this in future.

For tea it was just sandwiches, so I lightly fried some slivers of chicken in the cold pressed oil. No overpowering flavour, and again, a lovely colour. Both DCs thoroughly enjoyed it. Not even any left overs for the dog and cat smile I served a side salad and used the oil to make a dressing, was lovely and light and I like the slightly nutty taste. Yum.

I'm so delighted with the results of testing the oils. It is brilliant to discover the health benefits and just as good to know that the food miles are so low. I like using spray oils and have looked up online how to make my own DIY spray oils, but as someone else suggested, perhaps local producers could think about a spray product as that is a very healthy way to cook with oil and would reinforce the health benefits message.

sealight123 Thu 08-Aug-13 20:49:46

I'm not sure if it tasted delicious or not, as I hate eggs but, my partner does tell me that his fried egg sandwiches this evening were stupendous....he is still non the wiser about my olive oil to rapeseed oil switcharoo :P

thismousebites Thu 08-Aug-13 22:04:49

I have become a Cold Pressed convertgrin

AnneEyhtMeyer Thu 08-Aug-13 22:28:38

I am completely converted too. Haven't touched the bottle of olive oil since I started the trial.

I love the taste of crushed new potatoes with the oil, and it is gorgeous with chicken too.

WelliesandPyjamas Fri 09-Aug-13 10:49:30

I think I'll try freezing fresh herbs in the coldpressed rapeseed oil - has anyone tried this yet?

confusedofengland Sun 11-Aug-13 12:40:07

Well, I haven't revisited this page for a while but had to update! I used the cold-pressed oil in a potato salad dressing where EV Olive Oil was suggested (oil, tarragon vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper) & it was a hit! Everybody was asking me what oil I had used & commented on the fact that it did not overpower the other flavours like olive oil would have done. The potato salad completely disappeared grin

WelliesandPyjamas Sun 11-Aug-13 16:52:27

Yum, confusedofengland! Sounds lovely smile

DoubleMum Tue 13-Aug-13 17:57:50

I have used cold pressed rapeseed oil for quite a while now, mainly because my 92 yr old grandma has been banging on for years and years about only using cold-pressed oils and it's easier without the ear ache. I like it, and the family has never complained!

GetStuffezd Wed 14-Aug-13 18:21:06

Out of curiosity I bought a bottle of rapeseed oil this week instead of my usual olive oil. I'm really impressed - when I've fried off meat to go in stews or curries it gets it nice and brown, but the oil doesn't burn and smoke like olive oil does. Very impressed and will buy again.

MoogDroog Thu 15-Aug-13 07:06:10

Non tester but this has given me the impetus to try the bottle languishing in the cupboard. I'm impressed!
Had previously only used for salad dressings, but have recently used it to roast veg, in pasta, to fry the millions of courgettes in getting from the garden - it's great. I'm a convert.

TracyKNixon Thu 15-Aug-13 13:58:24

I enjoyed the challenge!!! As requested, I purchased some vegetable rapeseed oil and also some cold pressed rapeseed oil....

One sunny day I made warm bacon, mustard and potato salad using the cold-pressed oil, and me and the kids enjoyed it outside on our picnic table! Results: Wonderful! It didn't taste oily at all - in fact it seemed to enhance the flavours of the mustard, cheese and bacon even more! I gave it a 10 out of 10 and my four children gave it an 8, 8, 9 and 9!! So a great result!

Next I used the vegetable oil to make oat topped mackerel with roast tomatoes as my parents were coming round for dinner. I used fresh mackerel caught by my dad!!!! Again the dish was a hit all round!!! I gae it a 10, my parents each gave it a 10 and my eldest son and daughter gave it a 9 too. Unfortunately I couldn't tempt my youngest son and daughter to try the dish as they are not too keen on fish!!! This dis was very tasty and felt very healthy too. As mackerel is quite oily already, I thought the oil might have made it a little too oily but it didn't - and I think this was because of the oaty topping.

Overall I enjoyed the challenge and will enjoy using and then buying again both the veg and cold-pressed rapeseed oils. I loved your little recipe book to and cannot wait to try out the Thai burgers and smoked salmon and oat baked cheesecake!

KatherinaMinola Thu 15-Aug-13 21:52:14

We were very happy to be testers for this - I had heard of the benefits of cold-pressed rapeseed oil particularly and had been meaning to try it. I already use the ordinary variety.

During the two weeks we used it for everything except cooking pasta sauce (did not want to risk ruining a vat of it). We did try it drizzled on pasta though - I have to say that it's not great and I will stick to olive oil in future for pasta dishes.

We didn't have time to try out the new recipes, but we did use rapeseed oil for a variety of different dishes, including stir fries, roasted veg, curries, salads, chili, pie.

It worked well for most things - some things better than others. DH did a blind taste test for us on fried butternut squash (curry accompaniment), cooking one batch with sunflower and one with rapeseed. We both preferred the sunflower oil batch - the rapeseed had a slightly acrid aftertaste.

I really liked the cold-pressed oil on wholefood-style salads (chickpeas, seeds, quinoa, roasted veg etc). We used Borderfields oil, which had a nice strong nutty taste. I think I still prefer olive oil on a traditional fresh salad.

I found the website a bit vague and at times misleading on the health benefits, which put me off - obviously it is a promotional site, but I'd rather it was completely transparent about what benefits do and don't derive from using the product.

One other plus point for me is that the oil is British (food miles etc). As I've said, I already use rapeseed oil regularly and will continue to - I don't think it works for everything, but it was a good experiment. I liked and would buy the cold-pressed variety again, particularly for use on wholefoody salads.

Pontouf Fri 16-Aug-13 06:14:47

First of all, thanks so much for choosing me to be a tester for this. I had read an article in the Guardian about the various health benefits, but the article had suggested that the uses for were quite limited due to a "cabbagey" flavour. This hasn't been my experience at all. I have been using the cooking oil in all my cooking for a few weeks now and while I have found that it is necessary to use it sparingly or the food becomes greasy, it is simply a tasty, efficient oil so you don't actually need much. I have also used the oil to make bread in our bread maker and it has been a huge success. I'll definitely keep using it just because it's so much cheaper than the olive oil we were using before and has a much better sat fat level.

I haven't used the cold pressed oil myself as I'm not a massive fan of oil on salads/bread but I have offered it to my Dh and to guests who have all said they enjoyed it and couldn't honestly tell the difference between the rapeseed oils and olive oil.

One massive plus point for me is that's the oil is British made. I believe very strongly in using local produce and using foods that haven't travelled thousands of miles to get to us.

Thanks again

babypowder Sat 17-Aug-13 10:28:45

I bought my oil from Tesco. I like using cold-pressed oil in salad dressings (as an alternative to olive oil). I also made mayonnaise with it, and it had a lovely delicate flavour.

I like e idea of supporting our local farmers by using rapeseed oil. I tend to cook mostly with ghee or butter. That said, the 'normal' rapeseed oil provides a flavourless base if I need to deep fry doughnuts grin

Thanks for selecting me to be part of the trial, and sorry it took me so long to respond.

I'm hoping my newborn will let me have the time to do a bit more baking before Monday, but in the meantime I used cold pressed oil in place of the usual olive oil to bake potatoes in (each wrapped in tinfoil, drizzled with oil and sprinkled with salt). Just as good as using olive oil I am pleased to report. Fingers crossed I will try out banana bread later today as I've made that with butter a few times with olive oil before so will be very interesting to see how it turns out

Banana bread and lemon drizzle cake have been turned out today (thankfully babywaves has finished his 3 week growth spurt).

The banana bread is half gone already, and was a huge hit. I used the following recipe:

3 large ripe bananas
180g plain flour
2.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
160g demerara sugar
2 eggs
4 tbsp rapeseed oil
50g roughly chopped walnuts.

DD mashed the banana whilst I sifted the flour, baking powder and salt. I then mixed together the sugar, eggs and oil and mixed it all until it was really light, then folded in the banana and flour mixture. During that, DS1 chopped the walnuts which we added once the flour was no longer visible in the mixture. Popped it all into a loaf tin, and baked in the over for 55 minutes on 160. Left it to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire tray and standing guard over it to stop the DCs eating it immediately and entirely

It was really moist and light - and we have all enjoyed it very much!

Lemon drizzle cake is also looking really light and moist smile

I've pretty much gone through my entire baking repertoire during the product test, and can say that the substitution of the oil for butter has been absolutely brilliant and I will be using oil in my baking in future without a doubt.

Thanks for selecting me for this product test grin

mahalo Mon 19-Aug-13 00:06:32

I was first introduced to Rapeseed Oil by Bath Harvest at a tasting event in Wiltshire. I was hooked straight away. I had used Olive Oil and Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Oil for years for all my cooking but after that first taste of Rapeseed I was converted! My husband (a trained chef) was a little sceptical to start with but is now most definitely on board!
I use the Vegetable Oil to make the most fantastic patatas bravas which the kids love for the bright yellow colour of the potato skins and the delicious flavour. The Cold Pressed makes a super dressing for a chick pea, red chilli and parsley salad alongside grilled haloumi and courgettes (both basted in Rapeseed Oil).

alialiath Mon 19-Aug-13 21:01:58

Rapeseed oil got good free advertisement on The Incredible Spice Brothers on BBC2 this evening. You'll be able to watch this on BBC iplayer if you missed the show.

AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 20-Aug-13 17:13:40

Thanks to everyone who took part in the challenge, as well as those who weren't official testers and added their comments.

Congratulations to MrsJohnDeere, who wins a £250 supermarket voucher for taking part as an official tester and neepsandtatties, who wins a £150 supermarket voucher for taking part as a non-tester smile

MrsJohnDeere Wed 21-Aug-13 14:10:29

Thank you so much. gringringrin

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