Recently I received a jar of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Organic Coconut Oil to try out.
I’ve been seeing articles for awhile now, about the health benefits of using coconut oil, all the EFAs and medium-chain fatty acids and such that my kids weren’t getting since they’d sworn off the cod-liver oil I used to feed them in their juice, so I was pretty excited to start using this!
I even started using the oil myself, orally, for oil pulling (natural health technique – try Googling ‘coconut oil pulling’) and I had no problems with swishing the oil around my mouth for 15-20 minutes at a time. I sure wouldn’t want to do that with olive oil!
And normally I cook with organic extra-virgin olive oil, or as Rachel Ray calls it: EVOO. It sort of tastes ‘olive-y’ in a vague sort of way, but let me emphatically state that Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Organic Coconut Oil definitely tastes of coconut! I’ve been using it in milkshakes and other recipes and so far the kids have liked it. I even used it instead of melted butter in a muffin recipe, and it came out with a nice tropical aroma and taste!
And I also like the pizzazz it gives the usual oriental cooking I do for my husband (who’s from Japan). It sorta gives an exotic Thai flavor to fried rice and so on. (This is a good thing, as my husband once wanted us to take a vacation to Thailand, just so he could go around to all the different restaurants there!) Now I just have to add some of the Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Organic Coconut Oil in, and voila! Instant flavor of the orient! Or the tropics! It’s like having a culinary multi-national passport in a bottle 🙂
Here’s a recipe from Tropical Traditions’ Recipe collection:
Above 75 degrees F, the oil stays liquid, and below that, it starts to solidify. You don’t need to store it in the fridge, it doesn’t go rancid, and sometimes, after measuring it out, I swipe out what’s left in the measuring spoon or cup and massage it into my hands or other dry skin areas – it’s great and I feel very exotic, like I’m on a tropical island vacation with sun lotion slathered all over me….oh, cabana boy! Another (virgin) daquiri please!
Here’s a video from the Tropical Traditions website that tells how they discovered this terrific product:
And what’s even greater is that Tropical Traditions offered to sponsor a giveaway so that one of my readers can win their own 32oz jar of their Organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil! (Just like the one I’ve been using!)
*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.