Monday, February 28, 2011

Organic Palm Shortening {Review and Giveaway!}

This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Rachelle!

The latest item that I was blessed to receive from Tropical Traditions for review is Palm Shortening. This is something I had never tried before and so I was curious about it. I would love to use all healthy fats and oils when I cook and bake for my family and so I was eager to try this one.

 I had tried Palm Oil a while back and was amazed at how orange it was and found the taste interesting. I knew that the shortening was made from Palm Oil so I wondered if it would have some of the same flavor and color. It does not. The Palm shortening is a creamy white and has pretty much no taste. I almost think you could pass it for butter if you made honey "butter" or garlic "butter". It is so much nicer than crisco or a shortening like that!

Here is some more informtation about it from Tropical Traditions:

"Palm shortening is derived from palm oil (read about Virgin Palm Oil here). In its natural state, palm oil is a mixture of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, with most of the unsaturated fat being monounsaturated fat. Palm shortening is palm oil that has some of its unsaturated fats removed, giving it a very firm texture, and high melting point. The melting point of our Organic Palm Shortening is 97 degrees F., making it very shelf stable. It is NOT hydrogenised, and contains NO trans fats! It is great for deep-fat frying and baking, and is not prone to rancidity. Since it has been separated from some of the unsaturated portion of the oil, it is colorless and odorless, and will not affect the taste of foods like Virgin Palm Oil does."

This last week I have been trying Palm Shortening in the different baking I have done. It was great in biscuits, crackers and cookies. The results were very light and nice. I also tried Ginger Coconut Bars from the many recipes that tropical traditions has. We enjoyed them.

To buy Organic Palm Shortening:
The one gallon bucket (7 lbs) is on sale right now for $30.65 (normal price is $40.75). Go here to order and then if you are new to Tropical Traditions be sure to use the referred by a friend # 6527139 and you will recieve a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil with your order. (I will also recieve something).

To win Organic Palm Shortening: (Do any or all of the options below and get one chance per option.)

  1. Leave a comment (make sure to leave an e-mail or contact information other than just a blog link) telling me what type of oil/fat you normally use in baking.
  2. Sign up to recieve Tropical Traditions' e-mail newsletter. (leave another comment letting my know that you subscribe) 
  3. Visit Tropical Traditions' Recipe Blog and come back and leaving a comment letting my know what recipe you would like to try.
  4.  Follow my blog and leave a comment letting me know that you do.

101 comments:

Bonnie Williams said...

Hello, Abbi. Thank-you for giving us a chance at another give-away. When we bake we normally use butter in cookies and bars and canola oil in cakes and bisquits.

Bonnie Williams said...

I have already subscribed to Tropical Traditions' email newsletter.

Anonymous said...

Right now we use olive oil, coconut oil, and butter would love to try! Thanks
Amber

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Anonymous said...

I would also like to try the homemade honey chocolate. Thanks

Amber
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Anonymous said...

and I subscribed to the newsletter! Thanks Amber

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Chris said...

Hi Abbi!
I normally use Butter for most of my baking. There are a few things that I make take call for shortening and I've always purchased Crisco for that. I never knew there was a healthier option!
Thanks for the post!

Chris
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Anna said...

I would love to try the shortening. THank you. I have been using coconut oil alternately with butter and vegetable oil. No real rule to why I use what I use when I use the different types.
~Anna

Anna said...

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Anna said...

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Anna said...

I think I would use the same recipe you did as I have some crystalized ginger in my cabinet that I could use.

Kat said...

I have been using coconut oil for most of my baking for several years.

Kat said...

A subscribe to Tropical Traditions newsletter.

Kat said...

I follow your blog.

Kat said...

I would like to try the gluten free coconut cream puffs.

Anonymous said...

I love Tropical Traditions and have purchased coconut products from them. I would like to try the palm shortening and went to their website to look at recipes; the homemade granola sounds good. Thanks Holly

vickie said...

I normally use Crisco and Butter in my baking. I would love the chance to win this.
vickie

Sue D said...

I normally use butter or canola oil in my baking.
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Sue D said...

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Sue D said...

I would like to try the recipe for Gluten Free Chunky Monkey muffins.
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I follow your blog.
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erika said...

i normally use olive oil or vegetable shortening (crisco) in recipes
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erika said...

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erika said...

i'd like to try their thai coconut curry shrimp recipe
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Anash said...

I subscribe via email to tropical newsletter
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Anash said...

i want to try honey homemade chocolate..looks so yoummy and easy too
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Anash said...

i usually use ghee...my child has allergies to dairy
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Ryan said...

We normally use vegetable oil in baking.

cnuland said...

We use butter for most of our baking. If I need to use oil, it's typically vegetable oil. If I'm cooking (stove) then I try and use olive oil as much as possible.

cnuland said...

I follow your blog.

xoeskie1(at)gmail(dot)com said...

wow Abs, those bars look good mm!

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xoeskie1(at)gmail(dot)com said...

i usually use vegetable oil and/or butter in baking. (whatever the BOX calls for lol)

xoeskie1(at)gmail(dot)com said...

i follow your blog on gfc

xoeskie1(at)gmail(dot)com said...

i'd like to try their coconut peanutbutter meltaways

Kelly said...

Tropical Traditions on facebook sent me here :) Love using coconut in cooking/baking!

KT said...

I would like to use this in a bread recipie. I think it will be fabulous!

Anonymous said...

I use coconut oil,but would love to try this! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

amy(at)thriftywifey(dot)com

Amy Roberts

simplyserina said...

i usually bake with coconut oil.

Rebekah said...

I've started to use palm shortening in my crusts, biscuits, etc. and also use coconut oil (TT Gold Label) and olive oil. Sometimes canola, but try to use olive as much as possible!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to try the curry shrimp recipe!

amy(at)thriftywifey(dot)com

Amy Roberts

Rebekah said...

I'd like to try their recipe for gluten free chocolate, chocolate chip pancakes. Looks sooo yummy!

Beth said...

I have recently started using coconut oil in place of other oils and love it. I have been wanting to try the palm shortening too!

Beth

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Beth said...

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Beth said...

I would like to try to make the Amazing Coconut Pie recipe!

Beth

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Marishannon said...

I use lots of butter and sometimes coconut oil in my baking.

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Marishannon said...

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Marishannon said...

I follow your blog!


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Marishannon said...

I want to make honey chocolate!


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Anonymous said...

I'd love to try making some french fries with this stuff!

Anonymous said...

The "Homemade Honey Chocolate" sounds terrific!
I love Tropical Traditions and came to you via their FB post. Thanks for the opportunity to win the Palm Shortening; would love to give it a try!

carolpie said...

I usually use butter because I don't use Crisco anymore, but this would give me another option!


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carolpie said...

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I follow you-carol lewis.

Kelli Silvers said...

I subscribe to Tropical Traditions.
I like your blog. I think we need to get back to the basics of what the Lord provided for us and stop relying on worldly man-made foods and remedies. I'm always looking for the natural alternative. Thanks for the opportunity to win the Palm shortening. Lord bless you and yours! :)

carolpie said...

I love coconut so the Gluten Free Maple Pecan Coconut Shortbread Cookies look great!

Anne said...

I use coconut oil, palm oil shortening, safflower oil, and grapeseed oil in my cooking. I don't tolerate olive oil or canola oil or dairy products well, so have had to find other products.

Anne said...

I want to try the Gluten Free Maple Pecan Coconut Shortbread Cookies recipe.

Sherilyn said...

Hi Abbi~
I Just stumbled on our site on FB & was drawn to it by the palm oil article. I've always shyed away from palm kernal oil with concerns about GMO's, trans-fats & the possibility that it's not so 'global friendly.' Your thoughts have shed some light on these concerns. I use olive oil & grape seed oils regularly, NEVER shortening. I'd be interested to give it a try.
THANX for your thoughts.
God's Blessings,
Sherilyn Jackson
animalrsq@aol.com

simplyserina said...

i mostly use coconut oil for baking and cooking.

simplyserina said...

i receive the tropical traditions newsletter.

simplyserina said...

would love to try the Chunky Strawberry Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream!

Anne said...

I have subscribed to follow your blog.

Anne said...

I have subscribed to Tropical Traditions newsletter.

Deanna said...

I subscribe to the TT newsletter. Thanks

Deanna said...

I use lard, and butter for most of the baking unless I have coconut oil. Which is on the way from TT this week!

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Megan said...

Hi Abbi~ I subscribe to the TT newsletter, will be subscribing to your blog and currently use Coconut Oil and Ghee for high heat cooking. I also use CO for baking. I haven't used palm oil yet- so this is a great post! Thank you.
Megan
Founder of the Christian Health Cooperative

Deanna said...

I would like to try the Coconut Haupia (Traditional Hawaiian Coconut Pudding)because I LOVE the flavor of coconut and I think it looks so good right now!
Deanna


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Deanna said...

Just subscribed to the blog via Google.


Thanks
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Marissa MW said...

I subscribed to the Tropical Traditions newsletter :)
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Marissa MW said...

I usually shy away from palm kernal oil due to concerns about GMOs, transfats and such. Your blog enlightened me on palm oil in a way I hadn't imagined. I typically use olive oil and coconut oil in cooking. I look forward to trying out a new oil :)
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I follow your blog
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Marissa MW said...

YUM! THat cashew coconut creamer sounds divine! Can't wait to try it out!
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Berit said...

Hi! My favorite baking oil is coconut. For highest smoke-point oil, I use grapeseed. I like that it doesn't alter the flavor of the food I'm cooking. I also love cooking fish in coconut oil and occasionally, chicken. I often use butter as we love the flavor. As far other oils (including olive, flax, sunflower, etc.), I tend to add those after I've cooked to maximize their health benefits / avoid altering their chemical structure.
Thanks for this opportunity to win the palm oil! I have used that for baking with as well in the past and have wanted to get that again!
Berit

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This is Berit again letting you know I just subscribed to tropical traditions email newsletter. Thanks!

Berit said...

All your recipes sound great, I'll be trying some of them, including the vanilla coconut waffles. I definitely love the sounds of the Fresh Fruity Smoothie with Coconut Oil as well. Thanks for so many great ideas!
Berit

Berit said...

Hi again Abbi! I just subscribed to your blog as well! Thanks for such a great blog!

Rachelle said...

LOVE Tropical Traditions!! Use their Coconut Oils all the time!!!

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WiJoyMom said...

I have been using coconut oil for a few months now. Otherwise, olive oil & butter, depending on what I'm making and what I have handy. (my 1st entry)

WiJoyMom said...

Triple Coconut Cranberry Muffins I'm wanting to try (additional entry :)

WiJoyMom said...

I subscribe to TT e-newsletters (additional entry :)

outsiderein said...

I use either butter or coconut oil in my baking.

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I subscribe to TT newsletter.

outsiderein said...

I would like to try the coconut waffles.

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Kathy said...

I would love to try any and all GF recipes you have. I love the Gold Coconut oil and try to incorporate it into my every day cooking, any way I can because of a Candida issue. Blessings to you and yours, Kathy

kmogilevski said...

I normally use butter or olive oil when baking
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I would like to try the coconut almond cups
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Joyce said...

I use Tropical Traditions coconut oil but would like to try your give away.

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angie lilly said...

I normally use olive oil for cooking and canola oil for baking. I only use 100% vegetable shortening for baking.
Angie
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I get their newsletter.
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angie lilly said...

I would love to try the Coconut Peanut Butter Meltaways recipe!
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Scott said...

organic virgin olive or coconut oil!
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Coconut Peanut Butter Cup Hot Cocoa recipe
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annette said...

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annette said...

i either use coconut or canola oil
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annette said...

i will be making their gluten free coconut waffles very soon.
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