I just wanted to thank my friend who posted an interesting comment on “Know Before You Go.”
He stated, correctly, that some people with peanut allergies can ingest food cooked in peanut oil under certain circumstances. I’ve discussed this same thing with our allergist who reiterated what the poster wrote.
In our experience, it’s so hard to discern the differences between oils and the processes used to refine them. If you’re lucky enough to distinguish the differences between these cooking oils, I imagine your culinary world will open up. This may be a great option for an older child or an allergic adult. To reiterate what the poster stated, always consult with your doctor first before trying something like this
In our case, the allergist suggested that my son stay away from all peanut, tree nut and sesame oils due to his age and the uncertainty related to type of oil and refining process being used in a given kitchen/factory. Sadly, we’ve found that most restaurants don’t know which variety of peanut/sesame oil is being used (cold-pressed, gourmet, etc) and are uncomfortable guaranteeing my son’s safety should he eat something cooked in that oil.