In an attempt to promote health amongst my loved ones, I’ve largely stayed away from fried foods…much to my husband’s dismay. I agreed that I could fry foods once in a while (More like every six months!) but wouldn't not make a habit of frying our foods. However, through research, it’s dawned on me that the oils that are used in packaged foods and cooking oils are typically chemically processed by hydrogenation, turning fats into trans fat, the bad kind, has given fats in general a bad reputation. I also learned that it’s good to incorporate fat, the good kind, in my diet. So, I was tickled to try out Tropical Traditions Organic Palm Shortening!
Trans-Fat free, This oil is derived from the palm fruit. Essentially, it is Palm oil with some of it’s unsaturated fats removed. The removal of this fat gives it a firm texture and a high melting point (97 degrees). Unlike Palm oil in it’s natural state, shortening is colorless and tasteless. The texture resembles whipped butter and has a clean, non-greasy taste.
In true Tropical Traditions style, the shortening is not massed produced, but handmade on small family farms in South America that are certified by ProForest.
The Review!My husband loves fried Tilapia fish. He also LOVES palm oil. The shortening heated up pretty quickly. It cooks just like palm oil as far as giving the fish a nice crispy texture without the coloring or flavor of palm oil. My husband said the fish tasted just like it was cooked in palm oil, with the exception of the coloring. He enjoyed his fish immensely, and I enjoyed serving him his favorite food without the worries of trans-fat. Win-Win.
I pretty much use the shortening like I would butter. It really has a nice, lightweight and easy flavor. It completely defies my perception of shortening which has been tainted by mainstreamed shortening.
The Giveaway!Now the fun part…one of you will walk away with a gallon, yes a whole gallon, of palm shortening just in time for healthy holiday cooking! This quality product retails at $40.75
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The Not So Fine PrintThe giveaway is open to US and Canada. Canadian bloggers, please note that Tropical Traditions is not responsible for customs or duties that Canada may charge if you decide to participate in this Tropical Traditions sponsored blog giveaway. TheOliveParent reserves the right to remove/add entries that are not compliant with the rules of the giveaway. A winner will be chosen by Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. A new winner will be chosen, if the original selected winner does not claim the prize within the 48 hour period. This giveaway ends October 4th, 2011, 11:59pm central time.
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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. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.