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#1 Chrissyb

 
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Posted 23 April 2009 - 09:10 AM

I was going to buy some coconut oil the other day because someone on here said the popped corn in it and that sounded good. WOW is it expensive do I didn't buy any not for just popcorn. So I was wondering before I spend that kind of money what else would I use it for. I didn't know I was such I think oil, how do you use it. Totally at a lose here. Thanks for your help.
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#2 RiceGuy

 
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Posted 23 April 2009 - 09:28 AM

Coconut oil can be used in place of butter, margarine, shortening, and in place of most oils in cooking and baking. It is solid at room temp (up to 76F), and melts easier than butter.

While expensive, most are still junk IMHO. If you want true, fresh coconut oil, the cheapo oils might not be so pleasing. The cheaper ones, which don't have much if any coconut taste, are what's referred to as RBD (Refined, Bleached, and deodorized). Before you commit to a large container, what I'd recommend is to get a relatively small quantity, of any brand you think might be good. Then get some Coconut Oil Supreme (they have a low-cost sample size). Let your taste buds be the judge!
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Posted 25 April 2009 - 12:39 PM

I was going to buy some coconut oil the other day because someone on here said the popped corn in it and that sounded good. WOW is it expensive do I didn't buy any not for just popcorn. So I was wondering before I spend that kind of money what else would I use it for. I didn't know I was such I think oil, how do you use it. Totally at a lose here. Thanks for your help.

Hi Chrissy B, I bought my coconut oil from Tropical Traditions online. It is cheaper if you get one or two people to go in on it. I have used coconut oil for :
Baking muffins, cakes, cookies etc. it is terrific. It works great on your skin; it really soaks in and helps for ex. i had really dry hands from garden work last year and moisturizer would not do a thing. I decided to try some coconut oil and it really helped. I haven't tried it but you could probably buy some essential oil and melt some coco oil and mix the two together and make a nice smelling oil
It is the best absolute best for massage. I have given it to our cats recently just a bit and I am going to try this a little more regularly.
I recently used it to make a Gluten-Free Millet Bread and although it came out okay I prefer my Earth balance margarine for bread. I think i prefer to use it when the baking is sweet ; my bread recipe was not. I have also used it for stir frying and cooking curry recipes, etc. If you google coconut oil you will get a lot of sites that have information. i did it and besides the site I bought from there were a lot with information on it. When I bought it I bought both virgin and regular and each container the size of a large tub of icecream together was a good price. I still have some and put some in the fridge but a friend of mine from the phillipines said they would have it sitting out all the time in the kitchen and it was hot there and it was no problem. I have read about people putting it in their shakes or smoothies too. I am not sure I believe all the amazing claims but I do agree it is a great oil and versatile. I could not cook olive oil at the same temperature if I needed a high heat.
Good luck
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Posted 25 April 2009 - 02:10 PM

I use this one and really like it. I think Rice Guy recommened it?
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Posted 25 April 2009 - 02:18 PM

Chrissy-I use to seal in the mosture to my skin after I shower. I use Spectrum Oganic Coconut oil. I scoop some out of teh bottle, let it warm in my hands, and apply it to my skin. I started doing this last year because I saw this "young 70" year old woman with the skin of a 20 yr. old. Oprah asked what she did and she said she never leaves the house without putting this on her skin. I think it has helped me but, I'm not 70!

Riceguy-I ordered the sample you suggested from coconut oil supreme. Even though I don't eat cocnut oil, I thought the comparison experiment would be fun.
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Posted 25 April 2009 - 08:03 PM

I pop popcorn in it. It's delicous! I also use it in all of my baking...not that I do a lot of it. I buy a large jar of the Nutiva at my health food store. There are cheapers oils, but I like the taste of this one. I was told buy the guy at the health food store that I could use a more refined oil for cooking and it would be cheaper, but I just like this one.
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 07:02 AM

I use this one and really like it. I think Rice Guy recommened it?

That's one I haven't seen, though it appears similar to one or two others I'm aware of. How does it taste? Thus far, the only one I've found which actually tastes like fresh coconut, not roasted, and not bland, is the one I referred to in an earlier post.

Most use high heat to evaporate off the excess water. It's simply not possible to press out pure oil from coconut without getting a substantial amount of water along with it. That's why the centrifuge process is superior, as it doesn't require high heat.
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 07:11 AM

Riceguy-I ordered the sample you suggested from coconut oil supreme. Even though I don't eat cocnut oil, I thought the comparison experiment would be fun.

I look forward to reading your assessment! I'm sure you'll be surprised at the difference.

Before I tried coconut oil, I didn't think I'd like it on veggies, or in casseroles, etc, but it was sooo good! No other brand I've tried has ever come close.
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 08:38 AM

Coconut oil is also really nice for oiling pans (to prepare them for baking). It smears easily like shortening, but it tastes a LOT better and you don't get the trans-fatty acids :P

I also like to use it for making omelets and sauteing vegetables. In my experience, it doesn't cost any more than high-quality olive oil.
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 10:33 AM

I use Spectrum Organic too... and I always keep it in my pantry.

I absolutely love love love Coconut Oil :)

be well!!
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 11:55 AM

I use Spectrum Organic too... and I always keep it in my pantry.

I absolutely love love love Coconut Oil :)

be well!!



Coconut oil is amazing! I use it for everything. Read what Dr. Mercola has to say about it, that should explain it all. It is super healthy :D I bake with it, stir fry with it and do anything with it that you would normal oil. It's a GREAT butter substitute, especially for those of us watching our dairy intake.

I use Spectrum coconut oil, too. The quality of their products is great, organic too!
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#12 Chrissyb

 
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 03:15 PM

Thank you so so much for your help. I see coconut in my future can't wait to have fun with it.
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Posted 22 May 2009 - 12:07 PM

I have been seeing Coconut Oil a lot in recipes lately and was wondering if there are certain things that I should look for when selecting one.
I live in a smaller town (closest Whole Foods is about an hour in a half away).
I am going to a small Health Food store after work that I get some of my flour at to look at the brands they have.

Do I want to stick with Organic if they have it?
I saw Rice Guys post above about cheaper brands being refined, bleached and deotorized.... So I guess I would need to keep an eye out for that. Anything else???

Thanks a bunch!
Have a great weekend everyone.
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#14 sickchick

 
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Posted 22 May 2009 - 03:13 PM

Yes you need to stick with raw and organic.

Also, some companies offer "vigin" and "extra virgin"
these make no difference- they borrowed the term from
the olive oil industry. They are exactly the same.

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 05:25 PM

Yes you need to stick with raw and organic.

Also, some companies offer "vigin" and "extra virgin"
these make no difference- they borrowed the term from
the olive oil industry. They are exactly the same.

:)

Thank you for the reply. I saw your post right before I left work.
The Health Food Store I went to had Nutiva Oraganic Extra Virgin Cocnut Oil so I got that. I am trying out the smallest container they had first to make sure we like using it, plus not really sure how fast the container goes =)

It says it can be used in place of butter.. So does that mean you can spread it on bread like you would butter?
It is used 1:1 ratio in cooking? When you make it into oil do you heat it in a pan? What happends if I take too much out of the container and melt it and have left over that I don't need to use? Can you let it get hard again and just put it in a contanier to use later (not the original container)?

Im going to read up on it more but just thought I would ask the experts.
Thanks again!
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