Also used in the cosmetic industry for softening skin, hair, and nails, grapeseed oil is also good for cooking. It has a high smoke point and lends itself quite well to making fondue bourguignonne. It is particularly flavorful and can be stored with dried herbs (thyme, bay leaf, rosemary), which will give it even more flavor.
The price of grapeseed oil varies greatly as a result of the production process. Certain oils are labeled “organic” (made with organically grown grapes), while others are labeled “virgin” (more precisely additive-free, first cold-press virgin oil). A cold-press oil preserves all the nutrients from the seeds.
Grapeseed oil has a high enough smoke point (temperature at which oils break down and are denatured) to enable it to be used at high temperatures.
Grapeseed oil is suitable for cooking fondue bourguignonne, because it doesn’t release any smell. It is recommended for making mayonnaise, but it can also be used to season other dishes, particularly in vinaigrette.
Store grapeseed oil away from light, heat, and moisture.
Grapeseed oil is an excellent source of vitamin E, which means it has antioxidant properties. It contains polyunsaturated fatty acids that lower levels of “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. Like all oils, it contains practically only fat and is very high in calories.