Tropical Traditions: Palm Shortening {review & giveaway}

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I rather enjoy cooking all sorts of delicious foods for my family and I try to do so using only the best and most healthy ingredients possible. I admit that I use shortening a lot. I’m always baking biscuits and other things like cookies and pie crust that need it. I know in some cases that you can substitute regular shorting for butter/margarine but in doing so the consistency and the taste of whatever I am baking just isn’t what I am used too.

As of recently, I was introduced to Tropical Tradition’s Organic Palm Shortening. This 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 (healthier) monounsaturated fat. Palm shortening is palm oil that has some of its unsaturated fats removed, giving it a very firm texture, and high melting point. It is not hydrogenised, and contains no trans fats. It is colorless and odorless, and will not affect the taste of foods. Now you can buy shortening at the grocery store that is trans fat free, but it will usually be hydrogenised and not be organic. This is a great product for those who want to use more healthy organic products in our foods.

I honestly couldn’t wait to review this product and kept obsessively checking the shipping to see how soon it would be coming to my door. As soon as it arrived I made my favorite biscuit recipe that evening. I was really pondering how my biscuits were going to turn out. The palm shortening is a lot more firm that the vegetable shortening I usually use. I had to work it a bit more but oh how tasty and fluffy my biscuits came out!

I believe Palm Shortening will become a product that will be used for years to come in my home. I can’t wait to make more things with it! My little girls birthday is coming up in two months and I’m going to try to whip some butter cream frosting up with this shortening!

I encourage you to check out the Tropical Traditions website. Not only do they sell palm shortening, but they also carry coconut oils, coconut flakes, organic flours, sweeteners and nut butters. You can also find more coconut flour recipes at their recipe site, FreeCoconutRecipes.com.

-BUY IT –

You can purchase a tub of organic shortening from Tropical Traditions for 30.65 for a gallon (7lbs).

If you purchase Tropical Tradition any  product from their site, then be sure to use my customer number at checkout. This will get you a FREE book with your order, titled: “Virgin Coconut Oil: How it Has Changed People’s Lives and How it can Change Yours.” At checkout, underneath, “How Did You Hear About Us?”, pull the drop down box to “Referred by a Friend”. Then a box will appear to type in the User ID of the friend (me) who referred you. This number is 5542476. A $25 book, free with your purchase!

Win it!

How would you like to win your very own container of Tropical Tradition’s Organic Palm Shortening? (rtv 40.75)

To Enter: Visit Tropical Traditions and let me know another product that interest you!

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Giveaway running till 03/15/11 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. USA & Canada only.

DISCLAIMER: My thoughts are mine own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway or review other than the sample above mentioned.