Oil is something that can enhance the flavour of a dish while making your whole cooking process more convenient. We use oil so much in our everyday cooking that you may think it’s impossible to cook without it. However, there are ways you can cook without oil, without sacrificing the flavour of the dish.
Why Oil-Free Cooking?
Oil is a necessary part of our diet. It keeps our skin healthy, our hair shiny, and helps us absorb different vitamins, like vitamin A, D, and E. But as we all have heard, too much of anything is bad. A high amount of oil intake in our bodies can lead to dangerous illnesses. It can increase our level of cholesterol which can result in heart diseases like strokes or heart attacks. It may also lead to severe weight gain and increase the risk of diabetes. Too much oil may also change our hormonal levels and result in breakouts and acne. If you think about it, we can avoid many illnesses if we just eat the right food and maintain a healthy diet! All those French fries and are not worth the multiple visits to the doctor. Hence it is important for you to practice oil-free cooking and here are some ways you can do that.
Frying Pan Foil
Every time you need to fry your food, non-stick pans may not be as efficient as you want them to be. Using frying pan foil will make sure that your food doesn’t stick to the pan without using any oil. You can buy Asahi Kasei frying pan foil which has a silicone coating on one side, making it easier to cook your food. The frying pan foil helps the food get a crisp gold layer without oil, and it even helps you to avoid doing the dishes!
Baking is a healthy alternative when you’re trying to reduce oil intake. You can line your baking pans with Asahi Kasei Cooking Sheet, and bake or roast your vegetables in the oven. There’s no need to brush oil on the ingredients. If you bake it for a little longer, it will brown and become crispy.
Steaming with our Premium Wrap
Steaming is a method of cooking that works when boiling water vaporizes into steam and carries heat to the food. If you don’t gave a steamer at home there is a simple way you can do this. First, fill a large vessel with half an inch of water. Take your frying pan foil and scrunch them into three balls. Place these balls in the pot, and lay a heatproof plate on top of them. Make sure it’s balanced. After this, you can simply place the food on the plate, heat the water till it starts simmering, and cover the vessel. Your vegetables will take lesser time to cook, and will retain all their nutrients.
Frying with Liquids Instead of Oil
It is a common practice to substitute liquids for oils if you’re trying to avoid oil. Whenever you are frying or sauteing anything on the stove, you can replace oil with vegetable broth, vinegar, chicken broth, or even water! Heat a couple of tablespoons of the liquid of medium heat. Once it starts simmering, add the sliced food, and stir frequently. If the food started sticking, just add more water to the pan.
Not All Oils Are Bad, Make the Right Choice
Highly refined oils go through a huge amount of processing that can affect their quality. This type of oil tends to be cheaper and is commonly consumed. They are extracted through chemical solvents and can be very unhealthy. On the other hand, certain oils are extracted by pressing plants and seeds. The nutritional value is preserved in these oils they are much healthier to consume. Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils among these. Others include avocado oil and sesame oil.
Cooking without oil is not as difficult as it seems. With Asahi Kasei frying pan foil, it becomes even simpler! At the end of the day, oil-free cooking makes you healthier, keeps you away from the doctor, and even saves you the trouble of cleaning extra dishes. Try some of these methods and enjoy healthy oil-free cooking!