Fat is the flavorful foundation of our cooking. Olive oil, grass fed butter, coconut oil, mayonnaise, egg yolks – these are our favorite ingredients in the kitchen. They bring smooth texture and indulgent flavor to any meal.
Ask a French baker for the secret to a good croissant, he’ll say beurre. An Italian chef will be sure to drizzle extra olio d’oliva on her mozzarella and basil. In Spain, a butcher prefers the fattiest cuts of pastured pork for his jamon ibérico.
Fats are decadent. They also boast significant health benefits. Olive oil is packed with antioxidants, for example; avocado oil has been shown to reduce cholesterol and improve heart health.
Like any ingredient, the best fats are of the highest quality. Here’s how to pick the best quality of our three favorite fats: