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veggoddess
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:45 AM
Hello,
I have just been clued in to the dangers of canola oil, and am looking for a good vegan margarine recipe...anyone know of one?

Thanks!

P.S. I'm a newbie and I thought I posted this already, so if you are seeing it twice, it's because I am not navigating very smoothly yet :)

harpy
Jan 10th, 2007, 12:41 PM
Hello there - what do you want to use the margarine for, if I may ask? Just oil will do instead for a lot of things.

veggoddess
Jan 13th, 2007, 06:39 PM
I am thinking that I will miss margarine on toast and cornbread...for baking-oil has worked just fine.

:)

harpy
Jan 13th, 2007, 07:03 PM
I just put flax or hemp oil on my toast before adding whatever other spread I'm having (e.g. yeast extract and/or peanut butter :o ) and that works fine (mind you it's a long time since I used margarine so I can't really remember if there's much difference).

Not sure about the corn bread - does the marge go in it or on it?

Edited to add that I don't know about where you are but here there are commercial margarines that are supposed to be free of both canola oil (which is called rape oil here) and hydrogenated fats. Have you looked in a wholefood market type place?

Tigerlily
Jan 13th, 2007, 07:11 PM
There's a veggie butter recipe in the cookbook How It All Vegan. :) You can use whatever oil you want.

Roxy
Jan 14th, 2007, 05:29 AM
Earthbalance is quite a good vegan margarine. The whipped one is even better for being able to spread on toast and other stuff :D

http://www.earthbalance.net/

Smoothie
Jan 14th, 2007, 11:52 PM
what are the dangers of canola oil, exactly? - everyone tells something different, and here in denmark, it's praised to be the second best oil, after olive oil. i usually use grapeseed oil, or sunfloweroil, when not olive oil, but i would like to know what's the bad thing with canola oil? i mean, here, it's the most local you can get, and i'm kind of into eating as local as possible, but doesn't wanna harm my body.

Roxy
Jan 15th, 2007, 04:46 AM
I don't really know, but I think it has something to do with the fact that most canola crops are genetically modified and resistant to all sorts of pesticides.

harpy
Jan 15th, 2007, 10:40 AM
Don't think (all of) the rapeseed (i.e. canola) oil sold in Europe is from GM plants though:

http://www.waitrose.com/food_drink/foodexpertise/sourcing/smallproducers/farringtonoils.asp

I have also seen claims that the oil is toxic but I think they may be from the same camp as the soy-will-make-your-arms-and-legs-drop-off rumours. Haven't really looked into it in detail though.