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**Special thanks to the generous folks over at Tropical Traditions for providing me with a sample of your Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to try for the purposes of this review and for offering a giveaway to my readers**
Lately, I have been hearing all about coconut oil and how it can be used for baking, cooking and even cosmetic purposes. After hearing about all the wonders that are coconut oil, I started researching. What I found was amazing, there are countless ways that coconut oil can be used and how beneficial it can be.
Once I learned about all the ways coconut oil can be used, I couldn’t wait to try it out. I love the smell and taste of coconut. I did find it interesting that some people could tell it was added or used in a recipe and some couldn’t.
I tried multiple recipes to see if the flavor would be noticeable, the first thing I used it for was cooking ground beef. I know that sounds weird but we use organic beef extremely low in fat, so we need to add a little water or oil to cook it without burning sometimes. For this test, I substituted my regular oil with the Tropical Traditions Gold Label Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. I could taste the difference, it gave the meat a sweet flavor and I absolutely loved the aroma it made in the house while cooking. Maybe it was because I knew it was in there but my husband could not smell or taste the difference while my daughter could smell something different but not detect a flavor change.
My next test was in our daily smoothies. Morning smoothie usually consists of two cups mixed fruits, a banana, juice (or ice if I am cutting calories) and 6-8oz yogurt. The first trial was not the best, I added the coconut oil direct from the jar and it did not want to blend or mix very well. This was an error on my part as coconut oil is solid at less than 76 degrees and a liquid at higher temps. For my second attempt, I warmed and melted it and it blended perfectly. The taste? AMAZING!!! Loved it, again I could totally taste it and the husband couldn’t.
I used it for baking a yummy chocolate and peanut butter fudge type desert, replaced the butter on my English muffin with it and also used it in my bread maker bread recipe. UM!!! Both turned out wonderful and I loved that added coconut taste that the coconut oil added to all my dishes.
If you would like to get some Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil of your own or learn more, check them out in the following places:
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Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?
You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:
Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.
Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil! Ends 6/22/2013
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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. If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.