Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tropical Traditions 1 Gallon Tub of Organic Palm Shortening Review & Giveaway

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About Tropical Traditions Products! 
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We have a strong commitment to family farming and organic standards. We stand firmly against genetically modified foods (No GMOs). But the organic label is not enough for us. We research and find out where the products are produced, and how they are produced. We find that some organic standards too loose for our trust, so we look beyond what is claimed on a label. We find out as much as possible about those who provide the products. And if a certain quality of product does not exist, we will work with others to produce that product and offer it to our consumers. We did that with Virgin Coconut Oil in the Philippines, and we have done the same thing since coming back to live here in the US.

One of those is our Pastured Poultry chickens raised on Cocofeed. When we began looking for a good source of chicken raised on pasture, we found that all the organic chickens available to us were fed a high concentration of soybeans, and this concerned us. So after two years of research, we finally came up with an organic feed that was soy-free and utilized the coconut pulp that was left over after the coconut oil was extracted from it. In May 2006 we introduced these chickens to our customers, and the following year we also raised turkeys on this feed which are now also available.

Then in 2008 we were asked to provide some of our Cocofeed to a study being done at Ohio State University as it was the only soy-free chicken feed available to be used in a study that showed soy protein was passed into the yolks of eggs from chickens fed high concentrations of soy. We found out that egg-laying chickens fed our Cocofeed had the soy protein in their egg yolks disappear within 10 days of being on our feed. So we worked with farmers in Wisconsin to raise egg-laying chickens on our Cocofeed, and in 2010 we began offering soy-free organic eggs to our consumers as well.

We want you to feel safe when shopping in our online store, so we have a commitment to you to not sell anything that is harmful to the best of our knowledge. All of our foods are either certified organic or meet quality standards that are equal to or higher than organic certification. This includes no GMOs. This is quite different from most health food stores, where you have to be "on your guard" as most of them offer conventional products right alongside organic products, because they want to offer a full selection of products to compete with regular grocery stores. We would rather offer fewer products, and stick to our high standards, so that you can feel safe when shopping here.

Take a moment to watch this informative video from Tropical Traditions.



Our Tropical Traditions Experience!
I have become really fond of using the Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil. You can read my previous review here about the coconut oil. I stock up on the coconut oil when it's on sale because it's the best I have ever used.

Tropical Traditions sent the 1 gallon tub of Organic Palm Shortening for review.  Whew, this is a huge bucket! Palm Shortening is an all natural shortening that is not hydrogenised and does not contain trans fat. It is great for both deep frying and baking since the melting point is 97 degrees F. I have used it lately for frying (like fried chicken that I have been craving!) and baked goods. Palm Shortening is colorless, orderless and basically tasteless so it doesn't effect the color or taste of your food.

Just last week I made a pumpkin pie, the first of the season! This is the third pie I have made with the Organic Palm Shortening. I admit it has taken me until the third try to figure out how to use the right amount in a pie crust recipe. When I used the exact amount Palm Shortening as the recipe called for traditional shortening, it turned out very dry. The pie crust also did not roll out smoothly and continued to crack. Finally, after a couple tries of changing the amounts of Palm Shortening in the recipe I got it down perfect! Now, this may not be the case for everyone, but I used less Palm Shortening than the amount of traditional shortening and more water than the recipe called for. It wasn't dry and it rolled out really smooth with no problems at all. It was exciting that I actually had to use less Palm Shortening than traditional shortening so it made it less fattening.

I have been really impressed with the Tropical Traditions Organic Palm Shortening with how well it fries and bakes with. Looks like I have fell in love with yet another Tropical Traditions product!



BUY IT! You can buy directly from Tropical Traditions.


WIN IT! Tropical Traditions is giving away one 1-gallon tub of Organic Palm Shortening to Take Time to Smell the Rose reader! 

Tropical Traditions also has a Referral Program, so if you place an order with them as a first-time customer, please select “Referred by a friend” and in the box that says “How did you hear of us?” enter my sponsor ID number 6059810. By telling Tropical Traditions that I referred you, you will receive a complimentary copy of the book Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours! by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy with your first order! This book is filled with testimonies and research showing how healthy coconut oil is, and it also includes over 85 recipes showing how one can incorporate coconut into their diet.


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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. The thoughts and opinions expressed on my blog are my own and are not swayed by any monetary or product compensation. My personal health experiences may not be a typical result for others.
                                     
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                                    gracefuldesignscards.com said...

                                    The palm shortening's fat makeup includes a good amount of monounsaturated fat.

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                                    BowieTip said...

                                    Tropical Traditions obtains it's coconut shortening from family owned coconut orchards in South America.

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                                    Heather Honey said...

                                    Palm Oil is scarcely used in the US but is most heavily consumed in the world after soybean oil.

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                                    tree said...

                                    i follow your blog and palm oil is the most heavily consumed dietary oil in the world after soybean oil. It is also certified organic!

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                                    EmmaPeel said...

                                    I follow you. You didn't mention that Organic Palm Shortening has 0g Sugars.

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                                    saturdaynightfever said...

                                    There are no sugars in this product!

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                                    Pamela S said...

                                    Worldwide it is the second most consumed oil. Follower GFC
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                                    Mama Chocolate said...

                                    I'm a GFC follower and I learned that the Organic Palm Shortening is not prone to rancidity! Excellent!
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                                    Gianna said...

                                    Palm shortening is derived from palm oil. In its natural state, palm oil is a mixture of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, with most of the unsaturated fat being monounsaturated fat.
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                                    purango said...

                                    It is not prone to rancidity. garrettsambo@aol.com

                                    susan said...

                                    I follow your blog via gfc suelee1998 @ gmail.com I learned that this has monounsaturated fat.

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