Jan 152013

Tropical Traditions Organic Palm Shortening Review and Giveaway @ Common Sense Homesteading

As many of you know, I’ve added more fats to my diet, including saturated fats such as coconut oil, lard, butter, poultry fat and tallow. One of the fats I’ve wanted to try for a while is palm shortening, and Tropical Traditions gave me the opportunity to try their palm shortening and review it, and to give you the chance to try it, too.

Why do we need saturated fat?

Fats are essential to health (fat soluble vitamins cannot be absorbed without them).  They are used throughout your body.  Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon state in “The Skinny on Fats” that saturated fatty acids make up at least 50% of cell membranes.  The influence bone health, heart health,  liver health and the immune system.  (I encourage you to visit the site and read the entire article.)  In short, by avoiding healthy, minimally processed saturated fats, we’ve been short changing our bodies of the building blocks they need to be healthy.

What is Palm Shortening?

From the Tropical Traditions website:

Palm 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 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. The melting point of our Organic Palm Shortening is 97 degrees F., making it very shelf stable. It is NOT hydrogenated, and contains NO trans fats! It is great for deep-fat frying and baking, and is not prone to rancidity. Since it has been separated from some of the unsaturated portion of the oil, it is colorless and odorless, and will not affect the taste of foods like Virgin Palm Oil does.

The mouth feel of the palm shortening is like velvet on your tongue.  There is absolutely no “coating effect” (like when you eat an unnamed national brand chocolate sandwich with white, sugar laden hydrogenized fat filling and it leaves you mouth feeling scummy after).  The flavor is delicate, and lends itself to either sweet or savory applications.  (Say, for instance, if you wanted to make a filled cookie…)  It keeps just fine on the shelf in the pantry – no refrigeration required.  (Great stock up food to store without electricity.)  The color is white, which melts to clear (virgin palm oil has a reddish tint).  It looks a lot like hydrogenated vegetable shortening, but is much healthier and the taste is much better.

Palm Shortening

A spoonful of palm shortening

Tropical Traditions Palm Oil is Sustainably Grown

The Tropical Traditions website explains where their oil comes from:  “Tropical Traditions Organic Palm Shortening comes from small scale family farms in South America. These farmers are certified by ProForest, which ensures that they meet strict social, environmental and technical criteria. With regard to environmental criteria, the assessments are carried out at the landscape and operational level at both the farms and processing facilities. These assessments cover environmental impact on the soil, water, air, biodiversity and local communities. The lands the farmers use are not lands that were deforested. The lands used to grow the palm fruit are lands previously used for agricultural purposes (cattle, rice, banana).”

We need companies who invest in farming practices that build ecosystems instead of destroying them.  Contrast this with heartbreaking destruction of the Amazonian rain forest to produce the so called “green” soy based biodiesel. In the article “Food For Thought – Soybean Endangers Brazil Amazon Rainforest“, they share these ugly statistics:

Soy production has already destroyed 21 million hectares of forest in Brazil, and 80 million hectares, including portions of the Amazon basin. As currently scaled, configured and given expected growth, industrial soy monocultures can never be environmentally sustainable, and indeed may push the Amazon into wide-scale die-back while causing abrupt, run-away warming. Destruction of the Amazon forest is expected to increase the rate of global warming by 50 percent, while causing countless species to go extinct.

This palm oil is more expensive than a tub of soy, corn and cottonseed hydrogenated vegetable oil, but we vote with every dollar we spend for the future that we want for ourselves and our children, so if you can work it into the family budget, I think it’s money well spent.  It can be substituted for butter and other solid fats in baking and is less expensive than many organic fat options.   It’s also GMO free and certified organic.

Win Your Own Tropical Traditions Palm Shortening

You can win your own 1 gallon container of Organic Palm Oil Shortening, retail value $40.75.

More on Tropical Traditions…

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oilNote:  If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

To enter, just subscribe to the Tropical Traditions newsletter.  Additional entries can be earned by following Tropical Traditions and Common Sense Homesteading via other social media (see rafflecopter widget for details – if you are reading via subscription, please visit the site to enter).  The giveaway ends at 12:01 am central time on January 23, 2013.  Must be over 18 years of age to enter.  Open to residents of the US and Canada.

Giveaway is over.  Thank you to everyone who entered.

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.

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  107 Responses to “Tropical Traditions Organic Palm Shortening Review”

  1. I love their coconut oil and would like to learn about the Palm Oil

  2. Would love to try this!

  3. Very cool giveaway!

  4. I want to learn to bake with coconut flour.

  5. I would love to try some palm shortening! Been hearing about it for a while but never tried it.

  6. I love your coconut oil and have tried several products with it. Wondering about Palm Oil. The very word shortening scares me. What is the difference between shortening and oil? Thanks!

  7. I’m having trouble figuring out how to follow on Pinterest. I found some pinable pics…looked under troptraditions and tropicaltraditions. Hmmm…
    Would really like to try a couple products the coconut and palm.

  8. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope I win!

  9. I am always interested in learning new recipes using this.

  10. I’ve read a lot lately about palm shortening and have wanted to give it a try for those in my house that wish for the more sinful foods they miss like biscuts and pies :)

  11. Great prize from a great company! Would love to win this!

  12. I would love to try this!

  13. Wow this is such a wonderful giveaway!

  14. I would like to learn more about palm oil..This is something I haven’t heard about before.

  15. Would love to learn more about their coconut flour and would love to win this!

  16. This sounds so yummy, I just really need to try it!

  17. i want it I want it

  18. I love their recipes and will continue to try more!

  19. I would love to learn more about palm shortening. I have never tried it. If I win, I will try the recipes on the T.T. website. Thanks for the give away. Good luck to all.

  20. Love Coconut Oil, would love to learn more about the Gold label oil

  21. I would love to win this! Thanks for the offer!

  22. I had been curious about the shortening, so thank you for that. Now I wondering about green coconut products.

  23. I am very interested in learning about the Coconut Oil and the Palm Shortening

  24. Would like to learn more about palm oil and interested in your coconut oil as well.

  25. This looks awesome Laurie my only question is, is it like coconut as I sit here with a swollen tongue for the last 2 days because we had popcorn at the Hobbit movie. And they make it with coconut oil. Boooo hisss. I will enter and if you say it might not be safe for me I will give it to my neighbor who is kinda my cohort in sustainability crime partner. :P

    • It’s a different plant, so you may be safe, but I would try only a small amount at first to be sure.

    • Does the ingredient label say anything about being processed on equipment used to process coconut oil? I want to enter but my daughter has a coconut allergy and I have to look for how the product is processed on many other items. Thanks!

      • Nothing on the label about shared equipment, but the palm oil is processed in Columbia and the coconut oil in the Philippines, so I think the odds of cross contamination would be low.

  26. I can honestly say that as I enter into this adventure of learning more about healthier eating, I have never HEARD of palm oil! I am very disappointed that healthy stuff often is SO darned expensive that I find it hard to even try things that sound interesting!

  27. Would like to try some

  28. Cant wait to try palm oil.

  29. Love Tropical Traditions!

  30. Great prize! Would love to try it!

  31. I would really like to learn more about TT’s refined coconut oil. I’ve read it has no coconut taste, which would allow me to get more CO into our diets.

  32. Great giveaway!

  33. I love everything I’ve ever gotten from them. I’m curious about their natural deodorants. Most natural deodorant or anti-perspirants aren’t very good.

  34. would like to try it!

  35. I’ve heard so much about this from some friends. I heard how it will help heal chest congestion and lose weight just to name a few. I’m looking forward to trying this product. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win it.

  36. I liked reading about the Palm Shortening and would like to learn more about the coconut oil

  37. Awesome giveaway! Cant wait to see who wins!

  38. Switched to both of these oils several years ago as an alternative to shortening and GMO oils. Highly endorsed by the master herbalist I am studying with:)

  39. I bake &/or cook homemade every day of the week.
    I’d love to try the shortening in my cookies:)

  40. This is the first I’ve heard of Palm Oil, I’d like to try it.

  41. I have not tried coconut cream and would love to try it.

  42. I would love to try this.

  43. I really want to try the palm shortening!

  44. Love your giveaways!

  45. I love palm shortening. Been using it for a while now and would love to win this giveaway. Thanks for sponsoring it.

  46. I love Tropical Traditions! Their coconut oil is great but I never tried this product. Thanks for your review on this, I thought shortening was bad for us? I suppose its the way it is prepared. I’m looking for healthier alternatives for my family so I appreciate this.

  47. I would love to learn about using palm shortening, especially for making cake frosting.

  48. I’m so glad that you are sharing this info on palm oil. I have a friend from Nigeria who cooked only with pal oil and I previously thought it must not be good for us. I am happy to learn of its benefits.

  49. I would love to win this. I’ve used coconut oil but not palm. Thank you this giveaway.

  50. Remember when all this stuff was supposed to be bad for you? Glad the truth is coming to light these days!!!

  51. Great giveaway :) I would love to try this shortening too :)

  52. I would love to try this.

  53. Finally found the tropical traditions site on pinterest…. I don’t tweet or twitter though

  54. I’d like to learn more about coconut cream.

  55. I love Tropical Traditions coconut oil and I would like to see more recipes using coconut oil and learn more about the palm oil.

  56. I’ve actually thought about trying their palm shortening.

  57. I would love to understand the differences in the coconut oil types. I understand the basic difference between virgin coconut oil and refined, but would like a better idea how to use the refined oil especially and the health benefits or lack of in the refined no taste oil.

  58. I would like to learn more about their einkorn products

  59. I LOVE Tropical Traditions! I use their coconut oil and LOVE the recipe blog! Favorite Recipe…No Bake Chocolate Macaroons!!! I have been wanting to try palm oil, but have felt unsure. I would like to learn more about the Palm Oil.

  60. This is the one that I want to learn about…so thanks for the giveaway :)

  61. I would love to try the palm shortening. I am sure it is cheaper than Spectrum.

  62. I didn’t know Tropical traditions had a pinterest. Hmm… Thanks. Going to check that out.

  63. Would love to know how to use the coconut cream.

  64. I was intrigued about the coconut oil, now i’m very interested in the palm shortening!

  65. love your giveaways as they are things we can use dont know much about palm shorting but do have coconut oil

  66. Would really love to win this. I also want to try their coconut oil.

  67. I’d love to learn more about palm shortening too.. guess I need to do some research.. thanks!

  68. Tropical Traditions rocks! I have been eyeing their Coconut Peanut Butter but it seems to have been on back order for awhile. Can’t wait until it is finally back in stock!

  69. I love their coconut oil. Would like to try the palm oil..Sounds very appealing.

  70. We’ve recently starting using coconut oil for much of our cooking needs and I would love to find out more about Palm oil! Great giveaway – thank you.

  71. I just found you , I LOVE LOVE Coconut oil and would LOVE to try Your GREAT !!! Palm Oil !!!! Thank you for making each day a little healthier …..

  72. [...] Common Sense Homesteading is giving away Organic Palm Shortening! [...]

  73. I love Tropical Traditions coconut oil. I would be very interested to try the palm shortening!

  74. I would like to learn more about their Coconut Cream Concentrate
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  75. I’d love to learn more about their coconut oil.

  76. I would like to try some palm shortening in my baking something which I don’t do enough of

  77. I have never used palm shortening but would like to give it a shot!

  78. We have already jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon. But would love to learn more about palm shortening. Hubby loves biscuits but I dislike using “C—-o” in order to make them!

  79. I would love to learn more about Palm Shortening and would love to win it so we could try it! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  80. I was interested to learn about the palm shortening as so much of it is harvested in awful ways. Glad to know they use sustainable practices as well as supporting small farms!

  81. I would like to learn more about their meat that is grass fed.

  82. I love Tropical Traditions palm oil shortening. It is so easy to use! I would love to win.

  83. I would like to learn more about their palm oil.

  84. I guess this is getting more and more common since I grew up with the knowledge that palm oil was unhealthy. In fact, I learned that all fats were unhealthy, especially those terrible saturated ones like coconut. I’m still nervous with those mean voices in my head, but I’d love to try out these alternative and healthier ways to do everything from fry chicken to bake shortbread. This palm oil is really interesting, and I’d love to try their coconut oil, too!

  85. Y the palm shorting for sure.

  86. Would love to try this!

  87. Love this stuff! Hope to win:)

  88. I love Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil, Coconut Cream Concentrate, Hand Soap, Lip Balm, and I would love to try their Coconut Chips!

  89. Great giveaway! I would love to win this! :)

  90. I have Palm Oil, and I don’t know what to do with it. So I’d like to learn more about that.

  91. I would like to know if it could also be used as a base for salves with herbs. I loved learning more about it, and def plan on making the switch

  92. I can’t wait to try this!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  93. I have seen palm oil used in several beauty product recipes. Can’t wait to try it!

  94. I already know a lot about coconut oil, but want to learn more about coconut flour and sugar, and about palm shortening. I want to especially learn more about the palm shortening though.

  95. I would love to try this!

  96. I’d love to know more about the coconut hair oil. I have curly hair and wonder what effect it would have on my hair–anti-frizz help, maybe? :)

  97. I have never tried Palm oil for anything other than making soap. I wouuld love a chance to try the shortening for cooking. Love that it won’t go rancid on the shelf, as most oils do – so you can stock up!

  98. I’d like to learn more about coconut oil.

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