About a month ago I had a conversation with Susy over at Chiot’s Run regarding cooking spray, olive oil, and other additives that give flavor without burning…..no, wait. That was a different conversation. Susy and I talked about how I could make banana chips in the oven since we don’t yet have a food dehydrator and my first attempts were making the chips soggy and bland. She recommended I brush the parchment paper with coconut oil or just brush coconut oil directly on the chips before putting them in the oven.

We had never before used coconut oil although Crystal had often voiced her desire to try it. She had used it overseas before and had fond memories of the flavor. Well, despite Crystal’s desire and Susy’s recommendation we didn’t have coconut oil. I quickly asked where we could get some and was pointed in the direction of Tropical Traditions. After requesting a sample to try I began reading more into the health benefits of coconut oil and how it stacked up against other oils we had used or were currently using. I have to admit that even some light research I felt like coconut oil was this holy grail I had yet to discover; a real superfood, if you will! In just a short time I have become a convert to the ways of coconut oil and its ability to boost the immune system and ward off even the common cold.

Although we have not really gotten deep into our use of coconut oil yet (mostly because we just moved and we are still setting up “home”) we intend to use coconut oil as one of our main cooking fats, along with local pastured butter (we have a wonderful Mennonite store close to us) and organic olive oil. Coconut oil has a higher smoking point than olive oil and butter, so it’s very useful in high heat cooking. And while I haven’t yet used it for popcorn or any other frying I am still trying to perfect my fruit chips now using coconut oil! I must admit I haven’t tried any other brand of coconut oil and I don’t feel like I need to. Tropical Traditions came highly recommended and we are even looking forward to adding a few more of their products to our gourmet tiny house kitchen, including Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil, Coconut Cream, and Coconut Chips (for some delicious candy making!)

And beyond the kitchen coconut oil can be used as a skin lotion.

Since the FDA does not want me or anyone 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.

Coconut oil truly is a “tiny house” type of product being adaptable to so many uses. What other product can you use for hand cream, popcorn, shampoo and conditioner, cutting board seasoning, and cooking? Not to mention it’s non-toxic!

So all of that to offer all of this…….

Tropical Traditions is giving away one 32 oz jar of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to one lucky reader. Just comment below (based on the question in bold) and join their Sales Newsletter for your chance to win! Contest is 1-Day ONLY 1-WEEK ONLY so enter now! (winner will be chosen at random by random.org has been chosen!)

I also subscribed to their newsletter which posts great sales on what seems like a weekly basis. I encourage you to also follow them on Twitter and circle them on Google+!

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. I am not reviewing it. I don’t feel the need to. I love it that much and am anxious for Crystal to find even more ways for us to infuse Tropical Traditions into our home.  

Do you currently use Coconut Oil in your kitchen or home? If so, what for? Do you have any favorite recipes to share?




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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.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Meredith of Dare You To… She is our winner chosen at random and will receive the Coconut Oil prize from Tropical Traditions. Thank you ALL for entering the contest and please…stay informed. Stay healthy!

The Winner