If you have read some of my old posts, you know that I love coconut oil. It has phenomenal health benefits AND it is perfect to cook and bake with since it is stable (and doesn’t oxidize) at high temps. For more links and info, you can go back and read my post on “Coconut Series: Part 2 – Coconut Oil“.
My personal favorite is from Tropical Traditions!
It is creamy, tasty and smooth. I’ve tried lots of different brands, but their’s is my absolute favorite.
I usually get their GOLD or GREEN label kind, but if you are new to coconut oil (and not too sure about cooking/baking with something that has a milk coconut taste), the Expeller-Pressed type is probably a great place to start. Tropical Traditions has a special price on 2 quarts – buy 1 get 1 free! THIS IS ONLY GOOD THROUGH MARCH 1st! I’ll spare you my description of this type of coconut oil and instead copy the one from their site:
Tropical Traditions Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil is a high quality refined coconut oil. This oil is processed the “old” way by what is called “physical refining.” The modern way of processing coconut oil is by chemical extraction, using solvent extracts, which produces higher yields and is quicker and less expensive. Tropical Traditions Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil DOES NOT use solvent extracts. It is made the “old” way by expeller-pressed mechanical extraction. This oil is also NOT hydrogenated, and contains NO trans fatty acids. It is a very good quality food-grade coconut oil.
Tropical Traditions Organic Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil is made from certified organic coconuts that have NOT been treated with chemicals or fertilizers. It is certified organic according to European and USDA standards. Our Organic Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil is high in the medium chain fatty acids, such as Lauric acid. Organic Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil is less expensive than Virgin Coconut Oil, and because it goes through a steam deodorizing process the taste is very bland, unlike Virgin Coconut Oil which retains the odor and taste of fresh coconuts. Some people prefer a bland, tasteless oil. This coconut oil is solid below 76 degrees F. and liquid above that.
Tropical Traditions Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil, non-certified, is made from high quality coconuts in the Philippines. This is the “common” type oil that millions of people in Asia consume on a daily basis. It is less expensive than our certified organic Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil because it does not include the cost of organic certification. We get our Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil, non-certified, from unpolluted areas of the Philippines where pesticides and fertilizers for coconut palms are virtually unknown. The coconuts typically come from very rural areas in the Philippines, far away from major urban centers. It is also deodorized and processed the “old” way with “physical refining” that DOES NOT use solvent extracts. This is the most economical high-quality coconut oil we sell.
I love Tropical Traditions coconut oil because I like their story. Their story of how they discovered the coconut oil, the fact that it employs small family farms and the fact that they use traditional methods (never any chemical solvents) to extract the coconut oil. As you look on their site, you might be overwhelmed in regards to the different types of coconut oil. I found this handy chart on their website that explains the differences between their coconut oils.
I also use it for:
- in place of cooking spray for my pans (I simply take a paper towel, run it over the coconut oil and use the paper towel to apply it to the pans)
- as a supplement (big spoonful of it)
- sauteeing (as it doesn’t oxidize and create free radicals when heated)
- in place of vegetable oil when baking (I melt it before adding it to recipes in place of this)
- making stovetop popcorn (put a couple tablespoons in a pan, put cover on and heat to med-high), then add 1/4 cup popcorn and put cover back on). Once popcorn is popped, add Real Salt, drizzle some melted real/pastured butter and ENJOY!
What about you – have you tried coconut oil before? What kind do you use? How do you use it?
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***DISCLAIMER #2: Please do not take any of my advice as medical advice. Use your own common sense and consult a qualified health practitioner if you have health issues that need attention.***