One day I stopped by Patrice's blog and she had pictures of some yummy fritters. It seems she had made them using Tropical Traditions Organic Palm oil. Patrice, through the kindness of Tropical Traditions, hosted a giveaway. I didn't win. It's OK, Patrice (and Wendell) I'm over it. I still love you both!
Anyway, after not winning... ( ie after losing....) I visited the Tropical Traditions Web site and found out that I could sign up for a free sample of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil to review on my Blog, and host my own giveaway.
I visited the Tropical Traditions Web site and signed up. It turns out that Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Then... I had second thoughts. I decided I didn't want to experiment with Coconut oil. I didn't want to write a review of a product (even though I was under no obligation from the company) and I didn't want to conduct a giveaway. So I went back on the site and cancelled my order.
Imagine my surprise when I received a shipment from UPS.
I received a bottle of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil.
Well, now I have had a few opportunities to try the Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil and I can say that I really do like the product, with one exception, which I will detail below. (That's a sure-fire way to make you read this to the end...right?!)
I have used the oil in four things, so far.
First, I substituted Coconut Oil for half of the fat following a pie crust recipe on the Tropical Traditions site for my Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.
I wrote a post about the pie crust here.
Next, I sautéed onion and mushrooms in the coconut oil...
I added the sautéed vegetables to ground beef...
I used a bit of the coconut oil to grease the pan and cooked hamburgers.
They were delicious!
I made crab cakes.
Frying them in coconut oil.
The panko bread crumb encrusted crab cakes were very crispy. They received thumbs up from Mr. Dreamy and from me.
Most recently I made a mushroom ragout over braised pork. I used the Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil to sauté the onions and mushrooms, before adding garlic, cream and cheese.
It was superb!
There are so many ways that the coconut oil can be used. The Tropical Traditions Web site lists many other uses here. I have a party coming up this weekend, and figure I will use the oil in cupcakes and in hot chocolate!
I have enjoyed using coconut oil for cooking. I have been pleasantly surprised by the outcome. My only hesitation in giving this product a perfect review is the odor. Don't get me wrong - I love the odor of coconut. This product has a very light, refreshing odor to it. But, when I am cooking meat or something savory, it seems very odd to smell coconut in my kitchen. However, the cooked food does not smell of coconut and there is no coconut taste to the end product.
Leave a comment telling me how many times I should throw your name in the hat. Tucker says he would much rather pick a winner's name out of the hat than wear it!
Tropical Traditions has asked that I include a disclaimer.... Tropical Traditions sent me a 32 oz jar of Virgin Coconut Oil for free. I am under no obligation to write a review and I am under no obligation to say something positive about it. I could take my coconut oil and do whatever I wanted with it. But, I did find the marketing strategy rather interesting, and I really did like the product. So... let me know if you want to be entered into a giveaway.... and good luck!
Tropical Traditions has allowed me to host a giveaway of their Virgin Coconut Oil. There are two main requirements to enter and a few ways to get extra entries.
1. Subscribe to the Tropical Traditions Newsletter.
2. Be a follower, or become a follower, of Living a Dream.
3. Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter Twitter@troptraditions and @ttspecialdeals
4."Like" Tropical Traditions on Facebook.
5. Follow Tropical Traditions on Pinterest.
6. Follow Tropical Traditions on Google +.
7. Visit the Special Deals Section of Tropical Traditions.
8. Check out Free Coconut Oil.
The Tropical Traditions giveaway winner will be announced on December 17, 2012.