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When do you use oil, and when do you use butter?

Just thought of this question as I was cooking some perogies.
 

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When do you use oil, and when do you use butter?

Just thought of this question as I was cooking some perogies.
You should often use both.

Add butter if you want the taste of milk fat added to the food. So for example, basting a steak in butter and rosemary. But mixing that butter with grapeseed oil to raise the smoke point so that it doesn't just catch on fire. Or clarifying the butter first to avoid burning it, etc.

Butter will often leave you with a less oil, more succulent taste and texture around the food - but sometimes that can overpower a dish. On proteins that are mild, like pork or chicken; butter is likely too strong of a flavor, and you're better off with a more neutral oil, or simply olive oil.

On salmon, vegetables, etc, you don't want or need high temps and the food lends itself to the flavor that butter offers - so you can do without added oil.

tl;dr, it all comes down to what you're cooking. For perogies, I would assuredly use butter. You can add olive oil to taste, but it is not necessary if you clarify the butter or use ghee.
 

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When do you use oil, and when do you use butter?

Just thought of this question as I was cooking some perogies.
Piggybacking off of what gouri already said...

Take temperature into account as well. Butter burns at a lower temperature than most oils. Olive oil also burns at a relatively low temperature compared to, say, veg oil, and thus shouldn't be used if you're going above medium or so.
 

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How the fuck do I use an insta pot?

This feels like a big guessing game. I have no idea how Long stir fry takes.
 

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@King Stannis is right, but I wouldn't use an instant pot for stir fry.

I use mine a lot for risotto, beans, rice, and any of those like "one pot slowcooker" meals.

I love the saute mode to get the savory base going, then you just dump in the rest of the ingredients and let it do its thing.

ONE WORD OF CAUTION: DO NOT OVERFILL IT

I made black beans for a party (20-ish people) in it, and when I opened the pressure valve, I had a fountain of black bean liquid spraying all over my kitchen island, the lights above it, etc.
 

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Used Instapot for first time this weekend.

I have been making slow cooker East Carolina pulled pork for years. I do my own version so its not exactly what you’d read online.

It’s 4-5lb pork shoulder, cider vinegar, black pepper, sea salt, cayenne, red pepper, hot pepper sauce, garlic, stone ground mustard, honey and/or brown sugar

I used the instapot instead of the slow cooker this time and it was the best version of it I ever had. The pork was just so much better.
 

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I barely care about taste. I just need to cook massive amounts of food quickly
 

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I barely care about taste. I just need to cook massive amounts of food quickly
In that case just throw dog food or poop in there.

There are things that eat both of those things so technically they are both food.
 

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In that case just throw dog food or poop in there.

There are things that eat both of those things so technically they are both food.
Who cooks poop? It's fine raw
 

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I barely care about taste. I just need to cook massive amounts of food quickly
In any event stir fry is not the best choice.

Any sort of soup or stews, or pot roast, steamed meat, is good for quick turnarounds, dump it and go type stuff.

Pot roast usually takes several hours or more. Throw a chuck roast into that insta-pot for 50 minutes plus cool down. Throw in a tomatoe, onions, carrots and celery along with a cup of water and a can of beef consume. You’ll be sitting pretty with plenty of time to spare.
 

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If you want to cook a lot of stir fry quickly then you need one of these:


No point in making stir fry in an InstaPot...that's pretty much the opposite of what should be cooked in it.
 

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Cooking stir fry in an instapot is like cooking stew on a grill.
 

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