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Health, Home, and Happiness: Review: One Gallon of Organic Palm Shortening

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Review: One Gallon of Organic Palm Shortening

Trans-fat free Organic Chicken breaded in coconut flour and fried in Organic Palm Shortening

I've been enjoying using palm shortening in my cooking for the past few weeks. I took pictures of it compared with coconut oil for you; the container with the spoon in it is palm shortening.  It's a little softer than coconut oil, which is a plus especially in the winter; I used it for everything I would normally use coconut oil for with no ill effects.  

I also tried making doughnuts.  They look good, don't they? Well, I just tried sweetening my regular soaked wheat bread recipe, and they were too dense and bread-y for our tastes. We ended up toasting them and using them as rolls ;) Nourished kitchen has a sprouted doughnut recipe that I'm sure is much better than my attempt.

Palm oil is the most often used oil in the rest of the world (in America the most often used oil is soybean, which is an unstable omega 6 fat).  Tropical Traditions' Palm Shortening comes from a small scale farm in South Africa with strict standards not only for quality of the oil, but for environmental and social as well.

* I have a question for you- does anyone know of a good resource to find the omega 3 vs 6 ratio of an oil? I was trying to find out the ratio of palm oil but couldn't.  I do know it's a more stable oil than liquid oils, which are prone to becoming rancid.

If you're a first time customer of Tropical Traditions, I'd love it if you would use my referral code #5682145 and you get a free book on the benefits of coconut and I get coconut oil credited to my account.  See my reviews of their other products: Coconut oil, Coconut Cream Concentrate, Shredded Coconut, and Coconut Flour.  
Hint: I wait until they have a sale; usually once a month a gallon of expeller pressed coconut oil goes on sale for $39 or less, which is a great deal.

On to the Giveaway!Tropical Traditions is giving away an entire gallon of organic palm shortening just like the one they gave me for review! To Enter:
Giveaway is over! Molly from Organic Spark won, I'm going to email her now so that Tropical Traditions can send her a big ol' tub of organic palm oil!





First, sign up for their newsletter here if you haven't already. You have to do this step to be entered.
And post a comment to let me know you did.
  • Go ahead and tell me if you make fried food at home and what kind of oil you usually use.  Leave your email address if it's not hooked up to the profile you're commenting from! 

For extra entries:
~please post a separate comment for each one, and if you're already doing them you can count them too (make sense?)

@healthhomehappy is giving away a gallon of @troptraditions #organic palm shortening #realfood http://bit.ly/cpbUtc


Giveaway ends 3/6/10 and I'll pick a winner from random.org


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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113 Comments:

Blogger Deb(bie Debbie Doo) said...

morning, Cara - signed up for the TT newsletter.

February 27, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Deb(bie Debbie Doo) said...

and just retweeted (from turtleoak)!

February 27, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Deb(bie Debbie Doo) said...

and just signed up to follow TT on twitter!

February 27, 2010 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Folky Dots....Treasures for the Sweetest People said...

I signed up for their newletter plus I'm going to put it on facebook.
Dana

February 27, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Folky Dots....Treasures for the Sweetest People said...

I joined twitter and tweeted too! Not that its worth that much since I had to join to do it.

February 27, 2010 at 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Betty said...

Hi There, Just signed up for the newsletter. I don't have facebook, or a blog, or twitter...but I'm still hopeful! I don't fry very often but if I do I have used coconut oil. Your chicken nuggets look GREAT!

February 27, 2010 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Folky Dots....Treasures for the Sweetest People said...

I should have said I'm now following you and TT.

February 27, 2010 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Peg4Jesus7 said...

I'm already getting the TT newsletter ... does that count for the giveaway?

I've been wanting to try the Palm oil; thanks for a great giveaway!

February 27, 2010 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger samann1121 said...

I signed up! I don't do much frying at home, though I'm keen to try making donuts with some coconut oil I bought recently. My husband loves donuts, but as we've been eating better, conventional ones have started making him sick!

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February 27, 2010 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger samann1121 said...

I'm following Tropical Traditions on Twitter!

February 27, 2010 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger samann1121 said...

I RSS you!

February 27, 2010 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Peg4Jesus7 said...

I posted on Facebook. Oh, and I've switched to coconut oil for frying at home.

February 27, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Peg4Jesus7 said...

I'm now a fan on Facebook!

February 27, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Peg4Jesus7 said...

I'm already a fan of TT on Facebook.

February 27, 2010 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Peg4Jesus7 said...

I already follow you on Blogger.com. Too bad I don't "Tweet" ;-)

February 27, 2010 at 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Angela said...

I signed up for the newsletter. We have used coconut oil in the past to deep dry fish, yummy! starrysky11 @ hotmail dot com

February 27, 2010 at 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Angela said...

I am a fan on facebook.starrysky111 @ hotmail dot com

February 27, 2010 at 10:25 AM  
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Signed up to receive by email too. starrysky111 @ hotmail dot com

February 27, 2010 at 10:30 AM  
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February 27, 2010 at 10:30 AM  
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February 27, 2010 at 10:33 AM  
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I signed up for the TT newsletter.

February 27, 2010 at 11:43 AM  
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signed up for newsletter. :)

February 27, 2010 at 11:43 AM  
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tweeted: http://twitter.com/EatFromPantry/status/9740565967

February 27, 2010 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Trish T. said...

We don't do much frying, but when we do, we use coconut oil. My husbands loves fried, ripe plantains. I occasionally fry salmon cakes or some other kind of fritter.

February 27, 2010 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Trish T. said...

I am a subscriber to your blog!

February 27, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
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I'm a fan on fb.

February 27, 2010 at 11:46 AM  
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added to fb profile

February 27, 2010 at 11:48 AM  
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Following TT on Twitter (@EatFromPantry)

February 27, 2010 at 11:49 AM  
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February 27, 2010 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger The Queen Herself said...

I already signed up for TT newsletters.

February 27, 2010 at 12:29 PM  
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I already subscribe to your blog.

February 27, 2010 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger The Queen Herself said...

I am your fan on facebook.

February 27, 2010 at 12:30 PM  
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I twittered!

February 27, 2010 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger The Queen Herself said...

I signed up to follow TT on Twitter!

February 27, 2010 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger chaylife said...

I signed up to get the Tropical Traditions newsletter. I've never used Palm oil before, but would like to give it a try.

Joie
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February 27, 2010 at 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Alison @ Hospitality Haven said...

When I make fried food (which isn't regularly) I use coconut oil or olive oil.

Have you used palm sugar before??

February 27, 2010 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I signed up for their newsletter!

February 27, 2010 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I have made fried foods using Canola oil.

February 27, 2010 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I am a subscriber!!

February 27, 2010 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Evelyn said...

I am subscribed to tropical traditions mailing list.

February 27, 2010 at 6:44 PM  
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I am subscribed to your RSS feed

February 27, 2010 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Evelyn said...

I became a fan of yours on Facebook :)

February 27, 2010 at 6:46 PM  
Anonymous christine said...

I get the TT newsletter.
I sometimes fried food once in a while. I usually use coconut oil for it.
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February 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM  
Anonymous christine said...

I'm a fan of yours on facebook
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February 27, 2010 at 7:36 PM  
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I follow TT on twitter (gatheremeralds)
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February 27, 2010 at 7:47 PM  
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I subscribe by e-mail.
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February 27, 2010 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger Sheri said...

i'm already signed up for tt's newsletter for an entry, thanks,

i use tt's coconut oil, gold label, for frying, yum...

sheri

February 27, 2010 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Me Me said...

i'm already signed up for tt's newsletter for an entry, thanks,

We love their oil, honey and soaps

February 27, 2010 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger June said...

I signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter. I use coconut oil, but I am looking forward to using palm oil as well.

February 27, 2010 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I signed up for their newsletter previously, would love to win this!

February 27, 2010 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger SaraH said...

I joined the newsletter.

February 27, 2010 at 11:04 PM  
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I follow you on google reader :)

February 27, 2010 at 11:05 PM  
Anonymous Micheleh said...

I signed up for TT newsletter!

February 28, 2010 at 6:13 AM  
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I subscribe via email

February 28, 2010 at 6:14 AM  
Anonymous Lea said...

I signed up for TT's e-mail :)

February 28, 2010 at 7:45 AM  
Anonymous Lea said...

I fry chicken, one of my husband's favorites, and I use corn oil. It's pricey, but not as pricey as coconut oil or ghee, and it's better than soybean. I had never heard of palm shortening before, and I've love to try it.

February 28, 2010 at 7:46 AM  
Anonymous Lea said...

I also joined your BF page :)

February 28, 2010 at 7:46 AM  
Anonymous Lea said...

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February 28, 2010 at 7:46 AM  
Anonymous Lea said...

I use coconut oil to fry eggs, as not much is needed (would be expensive to use for frying chicken!).

February 28, 2010 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Jennah said...

I signed up for the newsletter!! We use coconut oil for frying!

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February 28, 2010 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Signed up for the newsletter! I would love to try some palm shortening. And thanks for the tip on the sales of coconut oil. I just ran out!

February 28, 2010 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Just became a fan of yours on facebook!

February 28, 2010 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Susanna said...

I signed up for TT's newsletter.

March 2, 2010 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Susanna said...

I signed up to receive your blog via e-mail. I usually use coconut oil for any frying, but would love to try palm oil!

March 2, 2010 at 12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm already signed up for the TT newsletter. We use coconut oil to fry but don't eat fried food very often.

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March 3, 2010 at 8:13 AM  
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March 3, 2010 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

I subscribe to TT via email.

I fry food once a year when I make Pazcki for the Polish "Fat Thursday". I use coconut oil to fry, but would like to try palm oil.

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March 3, 2010 at 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I love to fry in coconut oil, but use olive, peanut and canola also. Would love to try the palm.

Thanks
Melissa
barrett69(at)bellsouth(dot)net

March 3, 2010 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

I'm your fan on facebook.

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March 3, 2010 at 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I subscribed to your blog.
Thanks
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March 3, 2010 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger jgregornik said...

I signed up for the TT newsletter. Currently I deep fry with US Wellness tallow.

March 3, 2010 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger kevnjacks said...

Signed up for their newsletter! I normally only pan-fry and currently use canola oil (trying to use that up!) but looking to switch to healthier alternatives!

March 3, 2010 at 10:30 AM  
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Subscribed to the newsletter!

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March 3, 2010 at 11:44 AM  
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Following on Twitter and tweeted!

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Blogger Sheila said...

I'm signed up for their newsletter! Thanks!
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March 3, 2010 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

I only fry in coconut oil right now (really only fry breaded chicken for chicken parmesean!) but I'd love to try the palm oil from Tropical Traditions!
Thanks!
sheila.ryan.tx at gmail.com

March 3, 2010 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

I'm subscribed to your blog!
Thanks!
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March 3, 2010 at 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Grace in Alaska said...

signed up for the newsletter. I fry with Coconut oil right now. Haven't tried using it in my deep fryer though.

March 3, 2010 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Grace Leah said...

Following on Twitter and tweeted

March 3, 2010 at 3:07 PM  
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became your fan on Facebook

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March 3, 2010 at 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Sabrina said...

signed up for TT. I usually use coonut oil to fry but haven't tried the palm oil yet!
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March 3, 2010 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Grace Leah said...

Subscribed to your blog

March 3, 2010 at 3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi
I am signed up for the newsletter. I don't really fry anything :)

Eryn
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March 3, 2010 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger me said...

I am signed up for the newsletter. We fry a lot of fresh fish that we catch in the gulf. We also fry deer meat nuggets. Typically we use canola or vegetable oil, and occasionally olive oil. I also do a lot of baking and I make tortillas. I currently use Crisco for the majority of my baked goods. I've tried substituting olive oil, but I haven't worked that out in all recipes yet. I just started reading about the health benefits of palm oil.

March 3, 2010 at 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Miss Hannah Grace said...

I use my sisters Palm Shortening and i would love to have one of these for my own! I use it for fried chicken and fried potatoes! Yummy!
Thank you!
Love,
Miss Hannah

March 3, 2010 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger stacey said...

I get TT newsletter.

I don't really fry much except for okra! Fried okra, yum!

March 3, 2010 at 7:00 PM  
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I get your blog through Google feed.

March 3, 2010 at 7:00 PM  
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I am one of your FB fans! :)

March 3, 2010 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I follow TT on twitter.

March 4, 2010 at 8:29 AM  
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I subscribed to TT's newsletter

March 4, 2010 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I follow you on twitter and retweeted

March 4, 2010 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I subscribed to your blog. It's a good one. Thank you!

March 4, 2010 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger angie lilly said...

I get their newsletter already. I do fry foods. I fry french fries, veggies, and tofu. I normally use organic veggie or canola oil.
Angie
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March 4, 2010 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger angie lilly said...

I follow you on Twitter as FotoMacro and tweeted this giveaway here: http://twitter.com/FotoMacro/status/9978633315
Angie
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March 4, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger angie lilly said...

I am your FB fan, Tofu Fairy.
Angie
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March 4, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger angie lilly said...

I get your emails.
Angie
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March 4, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger angie lilly said...

I follow them on Twitter as FotoMacro.
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March 4, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

I use vegetable oil to fry mushrooms, potatoes, zucchini, etc. getting their newsletter
Scott
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March 4, 2010 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

follow and tweeted http://twitter.com/RePurrPussed/status/9985254063
Scott
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March 4, 2010 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

follow them on twitter under repurrpussed
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March 4, 2010 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

getting your emails
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March 4, 2010 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Molly Chester said...

Hi!

Signed up for your emails.
Signed up for Tropical Traditions newsletter.
Fan of your Facebook
Following their Twitter.

Love to win some Palm Oil!!!

Thank you!

Best,

Molly Chester
Organic Spark
http://organicspark.blogspot.com/

March 5, 2010 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger Molly Chester said...

Oops! I just saw that I was to post the entries on different comments. This one will be for Signed up for Tropical Traditions newsletter.

March 5, 2010 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger Molly Chester said...

And this one is for Fan of Your Facebook.

March 5, 2010 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger Molly Chester said...

And this one is for following Tropical Traditions Twitter.

Thanks for the opportunity!

Best,

Molly Chester
mollychester at gmail dot com

March 5, 2010 at 10:53 PM  
Anonymous Dawn said...

Signed up for the newsletter. I've used coconut oil, so this sounds good.

dpilcher1@cox.net

March 5, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

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