Coconut Oil is a buzz word I have heard a lot about lately, but really the question "What is Virgin Coconut Oil" still remained unanswered for me. Well, today I am going to share with you a bit about it! The problem traditionally has been that there is no industry standard for "Virgin" in coconut oil so it could be refined almost anyway the company saw fit, including using chemicals. Tropical Traditions is the first company who set the standard for Virgin Coconut Oil ,and they use only fresh coconut meat. The first process they use (for the Green Label Virgin Coconut Oil) is where they take fresh coconut meat, quick dry it, and then the oil is squeezed out. There ARE NO CHEMICALS USED IN THE PROCESS which is a really important aspect. See the video below which shows the process and more on Virgin Coconut Oil!
For the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, they still use fresh coconut meat but they squeeze the oil out of it while it is wet, then they extract the water from the oil by boiling. Studies have shown the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil has a high level of antioxidants which as we all know are great for the body. I am not a doctor, so rather than making health claims today, I will leave you to your own research as far as that goes.
I will, however, share with you a few of the Hundreds of Uses for Coconut Oil! You can use Virgin Coconut Oil in pie crusts, making homemade mayonnaise, making ketchup, basically in all your baking and frying uses, and you can even add it to your smoothies for added energy! You can watch the video below to see additional uses for virgin coconut oil as well.
I was blessed to receive a quart of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Olive Oil in the mail, and I immediately started replacing my olive oil with the Virgin Coconut Oil. I was a bit worried because my husband really dislikes the taste of coconut, but of course I simply started adding it to everything and didn't tell him. He didn't complain at all, so I told him about the switch and he really likes the oil. I think the part I like the most is that it is a solid and used in recipes that typically call for butter or shortening like biscuits or pie crusts. However, it can be melted and used in any recipe that calls for oil!
My husband Matt has a love for fried eggs, and since we have free-range organic chickens, eggs are plenteous here. I usually don't fry them, but shhh-don't tell him. What I do is spray the pan with olive oil spray, and then when the white part has solidified, I add in a few tablespoons of water, put a lid on and steam the yolks until his "fried" egg is over medium like he loves them. Well, he jokingly asked me the other day if I was frying his eggs in the Virgin Coconut Oil, and the light bulb in my brain went off!
Here is the picture proof that you can EVEN fry an egg in coconut oil! I promise you won't know the difference because my super picky husband didn't notice! (I must brag, look at how gorgeous my organic free-range eggs are!!)
Check Tropical Traditions out for yourself on their website. They offer so many eco-friendly and healthy products from bath and body products, to bleach alternatives and laundry soap, to the food products such as coconut oil and coconut peanut butter!
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.