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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.

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.

wavesandsmiles Sat 17-Aug-13 11:37:15

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

wavesandsmiles Sun 18-Aug-13 15:07:48

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

AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 21-Aug-13 15:20:05

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