I keep hearing coconut oil being touted as beneficial for cooking and health.
Honestly, I was not sure about it. I googled a bit and found this article in the NY Times. My curiosity was piqued when I heard it produces yummy, flaky baked goods.
I had to check it out.
I read about Tropical Traditions and requested a jar of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. I felt daring, only a bit behind all the foodies!
I am glad I was curious. This stuff smells fantastic and is certified organic and produced by hand in the Philippines, using a wet-milling process of extracting the oil from fresh coconuts.
So how do they do it? Well, wet-milling is way of shredding coconuts. In the Tropical Traditions (TT) process, organic coconuts are shredded and cold-pressed in their own milk. After a little bit, the oil separates out naturally and can then be filtered from the coconut solids. This natural way of processing leaves an oil with no trans fatty acids. While so natural this oil has a long shelf life because of the inherent high level of antioxidants.
Here is what TT says: “As a cooking oil, its chemical structure is kept intact and therefore is resistant to mutations of fatty acid chains even when used in higher cooking temperatures, unlike most vegetable oils. Research shows that the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil boosts the body’s metabolism, raises body temperatures, and helps provide greater energy which can lead to weight loss. Also, Virgin Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a nutrient that supports the body’s immune system.”
Well, when I first got this coconut oil, I still wasn’t positive what to do with it. So I played with it. I switched it out for my regular cooking oil when sauteing, made some chocolate/pistachio candy and pumpkin muffins. The candy and pumpkins muffins were delicious. I am sensitive to smells and I found the coconut scent very pleasant.
I really enjoy the versatility of using the coconut oil. It lends a sweetness to my gluten free cooking and now I have several choices I feel are good for my family in the kitchen.
In my quest to use all organics in the kitchen, I am becoming a much better cook!
For recipes and ideas for ways you can cook with coconut oil, visit the Tropical traditions Coconut Recipe blog found here: http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/index.htm.
You can purchase TT Coconut Oil here (and they are having some sales, too!):
And, I get to giveaway one 32oz. Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, with a retail value of $40!
You really have to try this!
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