Grapeseed oil is a cooking oil that has a high smoke point and light taste that is great for cooking and for use in dressings with Sadaf Grapeseed Oil a Kosher and all natural oil.
Just how good is it: 3/5
Grapeseed oil is a cooking oil that is extracted from grape seeds much like olive oil and is readily available at grocery stores and markets. Sadaf Foods is a manufacturer and distributor of Mediterranean, Kosher and Specialty Foods with a distribution office in the United States.
Grapeseed oil is a good source of vitamin E but main health benefits are the low levels of saturated fats and no cholesterol or trans fats. Grapeseed oil is great for use in cooking due to its fairly high smoke point at about 421 degrees Fahrenheit so the oil will be flavorful and still contain its nutritious benefits when cooking.
Grapeseed oil is extracted from the seeds of grapes and is often part of the process of wine making because the seeds are left overs when pressing grapes for wine. Sadaf Grapeseed Oil is produced in Italy, think wine country, and is certified Kosher as well as being free of solvents that are sometimes used to extract oils from seeds.
Extracting oil from grape seeds is much like the same process used in olive oil extraction using a cold press method so that the oil is naturally removed without heating the seeds. This cold press process ensures a natural product that is not heated thus starting the decay process of oil and loss of flavor.
Oils that are processed using a heat extraction method will start a decay process that will start to degrade the flavor of the oil as well as start to lower the nutritional values. Cold press extraction for oil is the best way to get the fullest flavor and most health benefits from the oil but not all types of seeds can use this method.
Grapeseed and olives can be cold pressed along with other oil producing foods like flaxseed, pumpkin and avocado but some things like soybeans cannot. Sadaf Grapeseed Oil is cold pressed using 100 percent grape seeds and no solvent to get that little extra bit of oil out of the seeds. Using a solvent can help get the most oil out of seeds but it will also change the flavor and potentially leave behind some of the chemicals during the process.
Sadaf Grapeseed Oil is available in 250 milliliter, 500 milliliter, 1 liter and 2 liter bottles with prices from $3.99 to $12.95 not including shipping. I checked out shipping from the Sadaf online website and found it costs about $12 for shipping for your first 1 liter bottle with only a couple dollars for an additional bottle.
I could not find Sadaf Grapeseed oil locally but did find other brands of Grapeseed oil in stores such as Wal-Mart with prices more in line with finding a product available at a local store. Shipping is what would kill a purchase for me of the Sadaf Grapeseed Oil but if you can find it locally it would make a great purchase for home use.
I did find some larger quantities at Amazon but even the larger quantities do cost a bit with shipping about $10 on a 5 liter bottle that costs $47 plus that $10 shipping. There are other quantities like a six pack of 2 liter bottles and a 12 pack of 1 liter bottles but these are not your normal home quantities.
Sadaf Grapeseed oil is light and does not have much flavor that is distinctive much like a good extra virgin olive oil and I really could not tell much of a difference between varieties of Grapeseed oil and olive oil in a taste test. I tried two brands of Grapeseed oil along with the Sadaf brand and did not notice much of a difference between them and could not really point to which was a better tasting oil.
Grapeseed oil is good for you and has a few more benefits than extra virgin olive oil mainly due to its higher smoke point for easier cooking. Grapeseed oil does taste much like olive oil but with a slightly lighter taste but it can be hard to tell them apart in a blind taste test.
While I could recommend Sadaf Grapeseed Oil if you can find it locally I just would not personally pay the extra cost for shipping when I can find other brands of grape seed oil at local stores. Check out Sadaf Grapeseed Oil if you can locally but I would personally just buy a local brand for a good cooking oil that is great for dressings.