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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.

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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.

MimsyBorogroves Fri 19-Jul-13 21:19:19

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.

ArbitraryUsername Sat 20-Jul-13 08:33:03

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.

wavesandsmiles Sat 20-Jul-13 10:53:20

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.

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