In my traditional foods journey lately, I've been reading about what "fats" are good for you to use in your cooking, and which ones are not. I've been using butter and ghee since that's what I had on hand, with our wonderful dairy cows, (both of which are great to use) but was wanting something else to use at times...especially in the lean butter months, if we are getting low on butter.
Since I already knew that coconut oil was good to add to your beauty products, from making my own soaps and body butters, and even tooth paste...all of which I've done...and having heard for several years about the health benefits of coconut oil, I decided I should try using it in the kitchen, not just my medicine cabinet or soap.
When I was looking around, trying to find the best source for a GOOD coconut oil, (one that didn't use chemicals to process it) I heard that Tropical Traditions coconut oil was one of the best out there, with their Gold label coconut oil being the best of the best. So I bookmarked them, signed up for their newsletter and decided when I could I was going to try some of theirs.
Their Gold Label coconut oil, being the least processed, is the one I would choose to use whenever possible, although it does still have the coconut flavor, which in some things isn't something I want. So, for those dishes, when I don't want so much coconut flavor, I may try their expeller pressed coconut oil, as it's processed more, so the flavor is gone, yet no chemicals are used in the processing...which is important to me too.
I got the chance to receive a free sample of their Gold Label coconut oil the other day, so I jumped on it!
The first thing I tried with their coconut oil happened to be these raw chocolate macaroons. I did use the sweetened coconut like she did, simply because that's all I had...but when my unsweetened coconut gets here from Azure I'll have to try them with that, cause I think it would be healthier that way...without the extra sugar.
They are yummy! I'm going to slowly try more recipe's with my coconut oil, as I find the time to, and get the ingredients for them, but for a first time use of coconut oil in food, this was a great choice! :)
I also cooked some chicken breast in coconut oil for supper the other night. I browned it in a cast iron skillet, then made sure there was still some oil in the pan, put a cast iron lid on the skillet and slipped it in the oven to finish cooking.
It was a lot better than I thought it would be...I didn't think the coconut taste would be to my liking at all, on meat...but it wasn't to strong, and actually quite good!
There is more information about coconut oil on the tropical Traditions site if you would like to read up on it. I've found several helpful pages about coconut oil at the links below.
What is Virgin Coconut Oil
How to use coconut oil
Coconut Buying Guide
Today, courtesy of Tropical Traditions, I'm having a giveaway for a quart of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!!! If you to have been wanting to try it, or just want the chance to win a free quart of yummy coconut oil, feel free to enter below! Giveaway open to US and Canada residents only.
You MUST sign up for their newsletter (here) to win though, so if I draw a winner and announce it...and then later find out you didn't sign up, I will have to redraw...so make sure you sign up for their newsletter if you want to win! :)
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If you would like a 2nd chance to win, don't forget to leave a comment below (after saying you did in the form above) with a link to your favorite recipe using coconut oil...or if you haven't used coconut oil before, leave a link to a recipe you would like to try, using coconut oil!
The Giveaway will end April 20th, so be sure and enter as soon as possible so you don't forget! I will announce the winner on the 23rd (least that's my plans now) so be sure and come back to see if you won!
I have to say, for my first time of using coconut oil in food I'm really happy about how it turned out and tasted! I was so sure I wouldn't like the taste of it in some dishes (especially meats) but thankfully I think I could stand to use the virgin oil in more dishes than I first thought I would.
Now I get to go have more fun finding ways to use it...least till my quart jar of it is gone...think I'm going to HAVE to find the money to buy a gallon tub of it as soon as possible, so I have plenty of it to play with! LOL
P.S...If you have trouble with the rafflecopter form, let me know...it's my first time using it, so I'm having a little trouble with getting it on here myself, but think I may have finally figured it out...once I updated my blogger editor. LOL
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Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.