Oil is like the lifeblood of FIREDISC® cooking. As such, the ones you choose to cook with will have an impact on dinner — and your cooker. And there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.
That’s not a bad thing.
Some oils are healthier than others; some people prefer the taste of one over another. Allergies play a role too — people who should avoid peanut oil know to check on what’s cooking first. Here’s a breakdown to make you the master oil chef in your campground.
Oil before you cook
First-time FIREDISC® users should season the griddle with oil before its first use. Then, you’ll want to season again after you clean it to prep for the next round. Oil helps create a natural non-stick surface for easy cleaning — and extra flavor.
This heart-healthy oil has lots of vitamin E and oleic acid, an unsaturated fat. It’s low in bad cholesterol and high in good cholesterol, too. It has an even higher smoke point than olive oil, making it great for high-heat cooking methods.
Use avocado oil on your FIREDISC® for:
RISOTTO MUSHROOM: Substitute avocado oil in this one for an unbeatable comfort dish.
Canola oil (or another vegetable oil)
Canola oil has omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, both elements for healthier cooking. Fatty acids season your ‘disc best, and with 7% saturated fat, it’s a lower-cholesterol option. They’re liquid at room temperature, so there’s no melting required as with butter.
Use canola oil on your FIREDISC® for:
SHRIMP TACOS: Show off your cooking acumen with this gotta-have-some dinner.
Coconut oil is well-suited for high-heat cooking such as frying. It’s high in saturated fat lauric acid, which makes it resistant to oxidation at high heat. It is solid at room temperature and has a longer shelf life than many oils.
Use coconut oil on your FIREDISC® for:
FRIED PICKLES: Season these just as you’d like — they’re a perfect companion to burgers.
Flaxseed oil has plenty of nutrients, such as potassium and omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. That’s only when consumed before heating, which transforms healthy fats into harmful ones in this oil. Flaxseed oil is best used in the dish but not in cooking it.
Grapeseed oil has a high smoke point and subtle flavor, so ingredients shine through. It’s high in vitamin E and polyunsaturated fats. Grapeseed oil is perfect to sautee or stir-fry in.
Use grapeseed oil on your FIREDISC® for:
PHILLY CHEESESTEAK: The City of Brotherly Love meets the South in a delicious way.
Extra virgin olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil is nutritious. It has good fatty acids some other oils do and lots of vitamins E and K. The difference: potent antioxidants, which might reduce the risk of chronic disease.
Use extra virgin olive oil on your FIREDISC® for:
CRAPPIE FISH FRY: Fresh out of the lake, right into the pan. Delicious.
Shortening makes a good alternative to oil because of its high melting point. It’s also more heat-stable than oil, so it makes fewer unwanted compounds in cooking. Your food will be less greasy, too.
Use vegetable shortening on your FIREDISC® for:
CRISPY FRENCH FRIES: Cut them thick or thin and use your favorite FIREDISC® seasoning.
What oil should I use in the FIREDISC®?
It’s your call, based on personal views and tastes. Your house likely has a few choices of cooking oils in the pantry. Experiment with them and see which gives you the results and taste you’re after.