Those of you who have been around here a while know about my love affair with coconut oil. So when Tropical Traditions gave me the opportunity to try out their coconut oil, I jumped on it. I couldn’t wait to see for myself what the buzz was about their Gold Label Standard Virgin Coconut Oil.
I started using coconut oil a few years ago when I was dabbling with Nourishing Traditions and trying to eat healthier overall. Not all of the habits stuck, but coconut oil is still a regular in my kitchen. If you’ve never cooked or baked with it before, you must try it. It substitutes beautifully for butter without any gross chemicals like margarine has. It has a high smoke point, too, so you can cook with it and not worry about burning as easily (like olive oil). Or you can just rub it all over your body after a hot shower. Your skin will feel so soft and you’ll smell YUM.
What’s wonderful about Tropical Traditions’s Virgin Coconut Oil is that it is handmade traditionally. No hexane here! (Something to keep in mind with traditional cooking oils: many use hexane to extract the oil for you. Do you really want a petroleum-based chemical used to get your food?) I will leave it to the folks at Tropical Traditions to explain more about their coconut oil in this YouTube video, “How We Discovered Virgin Coconut Oil – An Interview with Brian Shilhavy, CEO Tropical Traditions.” It’s pretty fascinating (and a short video, too).
Suffice it to say, they put out a quality product that I would be happy to keep in my kitchen. I like that they have it in glass jars, so you don’t have to worry about what kind of plastic they’re using and if it’s leeching any unhealthy junk into the oil. And even though virgin coconut oils (being less refined) tend to have more coconut-y flavor, it is not overpowering. It blends well into baked goods, giving just a little hint that there’s a coconut, rather than butter, base, but not to distraction. I made a savory dish with it as well and it did not seem like dessert at all. I wouldn’t have a problem using this as my all-purpose cooking and baking oil.
So you know already that I use coconut oil. You can search my recipes and you’ll find it scattered throughout the collection (my favorite, thus far, being this one). But how about something new and easy? This recipe is an adaptation of something I’m sure I read in Nourishing Traditions, but seeing as I can no longer locate my copy, I can’t check it for veracity. All you need are three ingredients–coconut oil, red-skinned potatoes, and fleur de sel (or some other sea salt)–and with a little planning, you can have a very tasty treat. Cottage Fries, without frying. I love these!
- 2-4 Tbsp Tropical Traditions Gold Label Standard Virgin Coconut Oil melted
- 4-5 red-skinned potatoes
- 2-4 pinches fleur de sel or other sea salt
- Set oven rack to the middle and preheat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Take a 9×13 baking dish and spread 1-2 Tbsp of the melted coconut oil in the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
- Wash, but do not skin, your potatoes. Cut them into roughly 1/4″ slices and arrange them in one layer in the baking dish. Brush the other 1-2 Tbsp coconut oil over the tops of the potatoes. Sprinkle with 1-2 pinches of fleur de sel. Bake for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes have passed, flip the potato slices. Sprinkle with another 1-2 pinches of fleur de sel and return to the oven for another 20 minutes. Leave on the middle rack and broil for 5 minutes or so. Serve immediately.
Disclosure: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of their 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 link to order is an affiliate link and will earn a referral credit.
Ya know, I follow them on twitter. However, I’ve never used their product. Nevermind that I’ve never baked or cooked with coconut oil. Hmmm Now, I am curiouser. he he
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btw your cottage fries look delicious and I want ketchup with mine.
I’ve been so curious to try this out! I’d definitely start with cookies, perhaps lemon or just good ole chocolate chip! Thanks, this is so cool!
I keep seeing recipes for making mayo with coconut oil. That will be the first thing I try!
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I’d love to make a dark chocolate cake with coconut oil!
A lemon coconut cake.
I would love to try making these cottage fries… I love anything potatoes and anything coconut 🙂
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I’ve never used coconut oil before – but I love coconut- so I will hit google and find something great to make.
I would use it on my body!! and bake with it!!! whooo hoooo !
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rss feed……i would make delicious cakes, cookies, and bars!! 🙂
Id love to make the whole wheat bread loaf.
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I would substitute coconut oil for butter, other oils, and shortening in my baking. Playing around and experimenting with something new is my favorite!
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I use coconut oil in everything, but my favorite is too stir fry up some veggies. They taste so good in coconut oil. Or use it in place of butter on toast or waffles. 🙂
Oh, I’d use it for both cooking and moisturizing!
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Pina Colada cookies and Thai curry!
I love coconut oil. That Nourishing Traditions book has changed a lot of the ways we eat. We’re using whole milk and butter again! 🙂 I’d love to try this brand, I have only used Nutiva. I use this for anything that calls for oil, but first I’d try it straight out of the jar! 🙂
I want to make peanut butter cups with coconut oil!
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I’m looking forward to being able to use this product to make things for my sister while she is nursing my new niece. Apparently babies can be lactose intolerant.
i want to make socca!
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I would make smoothies!! 🙂
I haven’t seen coconut oil anywhere on the grocery shelves in alaska. I’ve been seeing the rebirth of coconut oil, but I haven’t been able to play!
I have never tried coconut oil and am really interested in it. I think I would use it first for baking, maybe a banana bread.
Thanks for the giveaway!
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I will use iron daily cooking and to make popcorn.
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I would like to enter the bonus drawing for Gold Label Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
I like your recipe for Mexican Beef & Summer Squash Casserole and would like to try it first.
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I had no idea coconut oil was so versatile! I would definitely want to try a sweet treat, maybe the “cookies for the lonely”, only because the title is so charming 🙂
My teen daughter is following Weight Watchers and has done marvelously. I was reminded about coconut oil by a friend of mine and realized that by introducing it into my family diet, all of us will become healthier. And my daughter enjoys baking so I’d love to see what she does with it!
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There are lots of things I would like to try but I think the first thing would be brownies using my 7 year old daughters recipe and modifying it to use the coconut oil:)
I have heard coconut oil is an amazing lotion/skin softener and I would love to try it on my skin!!!
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I would love to bake with the coconut oil… a tart perhaps emphasizing the coconut flavor by also including coconut milk and coconut flour!
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I use coconut all of the time for baking. Never thoought of using it with potatoes. I think if I win I will have to give this a try. I will probably give it a try regardless though, they look delicious!
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Oh these look so good! I love this simple recipe… they look so tasty! I’ve only used coconut oil a few times before, but I loved it! I would want to try adding it into my chocolate chip cookies! 🙂
I am convinced that industrialized oils have been the villains in my diet so I have switched to coconut oil. Plus, the one thing I miss most of all are fries, so your recipe
couldn’t have come at a better time to keep me from going into withdrawal.
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