When the chance came up for me to do a review and giveaway for Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, I was really excited. I had never tried coconut oil and I have been seeing it as an ingredient listed in more and more recipes I have been finding online. Tropical Traditions gets it name from the way it produces its Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil: the old traditional way. This oil is made by hand, by small scale family farms. Since the farmers live near the coconut groves, all of the oil is processed within 24 hours of harvest.
Before receiving my sample to try I had never cooked with coconut oil. So far, I have used it in two different ways for cooking and both ways the results were fabulous. When I first opened the jar, I was instantly captivated with the scent of fresh coconut!
In my Brownie Cookies, I substituted melted coconut oil for vegetable oil. The results were yummy, I just need to remember that if you mix melted coconut oil with cold ingredients, it will solidify :) In the process of rolling to cookies, I also found an additional benefit of the coconut oil, instant skin softening. After rolling out the cookies and washing my hands, they were so soft and smelled so good!
I have also pan fried tilapia and also my Tuna Bites in the coconut oil. Both times, the fish cooked up great leaving behind great flavor. There are some oils I have cooked with that leave behind a very oily nasty smell, but since this oil smells pleasant to start with, there is no such problem! I look forward to trying the coconut oil in smoothies and more baking experiments.
For those of you out there unfamiliar with the nutritional info:
1 tbsp has 117 calories, 14g Fat, 0 cholesterol. In Weight Watchers speak, that comes out to be 4 PPV per serving!
A huge thank you to the folks at Tropical Traditions for allowing me to review their excellent product and offer a sample to one of my readers as well. Check out the rafflecopter below to learn how you can get your entries to win!
Looking for more info? Check these resources!
o How to Use Coconut Oil: There are hundreds of uses!
o Buy Coconut Oil: A guide to buying coconut oil online
o What is Virgin Coconut Oil?
For an extra chance to win, check out my friend Kelly's blog, Practical Savings! She is giving away a quart of oil too!
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.
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