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Posted on: Sun, 06/18/2006 - 4:15am
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Quote:Originally posted by DRobbins:
[b]This isn't addressed to anyone in particular, but I just want to remind everyone: Please don't forget that the answer of "100% vegetable oil" does not mean peanut oil isn't being used. While vegetable oil is usually a combination of corn and soybean oil, it can also contain other non-animal oils, including peanut. So don't accept the answer of "100% vegetable oil" without pressing further.[/b]
DRobbins,
You read my mind. That drives me nuts when I ask about this at restaurants, especially when while asking that I will ask them to check what type of vegetable if vegetable oil is used.
I'm in Northern Virginia and have found a couple of places that use peanut oil or a peanut oil blend for their french fries. Five Guys is a prime example but they're also unsafe because of the unshelled peanuts they put out for patrons. Also, in Ashburn, San Vito restaurant uses peanut oil for their fries.

Posted on: Sun, 06/18/2006 - 8:44am
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Great Steak & Potato Co. is a fast food place that cooks their french fries in peanut oil. I noticed it today when I was at a mall, looking for some lunch. Fortunately, it says right on the menu that they use peanut oil.

Posted on: Sun, 06/18/2006 - 10:07pm
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I have run across peanut oil at a few Cracker Barrels, Applebee's and Sonic restaurants. This has been in the past year.

Posted on: Sun, 06/18/2006 - 11:12pm
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Quote:Originally posted by DRobbins:
[b]This isn't addressed to anyone in particular, but I just want to remind everyone: Please don't forget that the answer of "100% vegetable oil" does not mean peanut oil isn't being used. While vegetable oil is usually a combination of corn and soybean oil, it can also contain other non-animal oils, including peanut. So don't accept the answer of "100% vegetable oil" without pressing further.[/b]
Good catch...I guess it was a little early when I wrote my response. Your right...I usually don't settle for a response unless they say "no peanut oil is used" or they say canola oil. Thanks for the clarification.
Donna

Posted on: Mon, 06/19/2006 - 1:54am
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Quote:Originally posted by notnutty:
[b] Good catch...I guess it was a little early when I wrote my response. Your right...I usually don't settle for a response unless they say "no peanut oil is used" or they say canola oil. Thanks for the clarification.
Donna[/b]
I agree...I always ask the server (or manager on the phone earlier in the day) to go in the kitchen and actually read the jug/vat of oil to tell me precisely what is used. Honestly, usually it's 100% canola. But there have been occasions where they read off this oil blend that does have peanut oil in it (or a warning)
Adrienne
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Posted on: Mon, 06/19/2006 - 10:32am
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Here in NC definitely a lot of peanut oil used- especially at seafood restaurants- they say it browns fried food better...Good suggestion about having them show you the jug of oil as much as possible- so much easier than explaining 4-5 times why just being told 100% vegetable oil is not enough. It is usually very easy to see what it is on the label and then maybe the staff can learn what to look for too...

Posted on: Wed, 06/21/2006 - 8:39am
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Other than the Great Steak and Potato Co. and a cheesesteak place that has since gone out of business, I've not run into restaurants that use peanut oil in CA. Not that I'm saying they don't exist... I just haven't been to one yet and when Jason is with me, I always ask.
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Cheryl, mom to Jason (8 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and egg)
Joey (6 NKA)
Allison (3 MFA including milk, butternut squash, several fruits and suspected shellfish allergies, avoiding tree nuts, RAST - for peanut)
Ryan (born 12/27/05) nka *knock on wood*

Posted on: Tue, 06/27/2006 - 3:19am
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I live in Ohio and we have a few "pennstation's" they do the hot subs and cook their fries in peanut oil for the low cholestrol thing. Before we found out about HB's PA we went there and he would nibble on the fries, no reaction I guess the boiling does something to the oil but I won't temp it now that we know.
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Posted on: Tue, 06/27/2006 - 11:40am
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Just earlier this month we were vacationing in Saugatuck Michigan and a movie theater used peanut oil for their popcorn. I have never run across that before. Thankfully there was an allergy alert sign posted on the popcorn machine.

Posted on: Tue, 06/27/2006 - 1:24pm
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Watch it in the South. Everywhere I went in Georgia and on the way home used it. Up here, in NY, I run into it less, but I do always ask since, unfortunately, my son is really into french fries.
Last one was a Spanish restaurant that serves amazing Paella.

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