I was thrilled when Tropical Traditions recently sent me their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to try. I am completely new to cooking with coconut oil and was relatively unaware of its benefits until I started doing some research. You can go here if are interested in learning more about the many benefits of regularly incorporating coconut oil into your diet. You also can watch their interview with founder with Brian Shilhavy, CEO as tells how he initially started using and then making coconut oil for his family. I love that their Gold Label Coconut Oil is made by small family farms in the Philippines using organic coconuts and traditional methods! Coconut oil can be used as a substitute in any recipe that calls for oil, butter or margarine. At room temperature it is a solid but when melted it quickly becomes smooth liquid oil. It was delivered packaged and boxed so well that I would have no worries that it might break in shipping any future orders.
I enjoy finding new ways to cook healthy foods and at the same time I often seem to approach a new recipe with a bit of trepidation. I decided it would be best to start using the coconut oil with a recipe form Tropical Traditions’ free Coconut Recipe blog.
I chose the World’s Best Movie Popcorn recipe and it was beyond delicious! I love popcorn but have only ever tried the microwavable bags. I was excited to try cooking popcorn on the stove top using the coconut oil and I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to go back to the store bought bags again! I used only ½ cup of popcorn popping kernels and as you can see it filled my 12in everyday pan, making plenty for Husband and I to share. Husband has only started eating popcorn on occasion in the last few years. When he tasted this popcorn with Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil he immediately said “wow, tastes like gourmet popcorn!” We tend to like lots of butter so I admit I did use the entire 3Tbsp on the popcorn, but it was mouthwatering tasty. Random side note: it’s super fun to actually watch the kernels pop in the pan! I made this after Munchkins had gone to bed but am eagerly awaiting making it with her.
One quality unique to Virgin Coconut Oil is that it does retain the odor and taste of fresh coconuts. There was a lovely smell of coconut after cooking with it. While I could not really taste the coconut flavor on the popcorn, Husband claims he could. He also tried a teaspoon full of plain coconut oil prior to my making the popcorn so perhaps he had more of taste for it. Husband says in its solid state the coconut oil melts in your mouth. The jar I was sent is 32oz and should easily last awhile, especially as I learn to incorporate it into more of my recipes and try new ones.
You can purchase your 32oz jar of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil here. Retails for $40.00 but it’s currently on sale for $29.50. If this is your first purchase you can receive first-time purchase will also receive a FREE gift, book “Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours!”
Also, now until June 30th the 16oz jar is Buy 1 Get 1 (B1G1) Free for $19.95.
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