Using Coconut Oil

Gold Label Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Over 3 years ago, I purchased my first jar of coconut oil just to give it a try. When I bought that first jar, I wasn’t sure how to use it but I started substituting the coconut oil for vegetable oil with wonderful results. It’s now the main oil I use in my cooking and it’s a versatile item to have in the home both for cooking and other uses!

Uses for coconut oil in cooking:

  • Replacement for vegetable (corn, canola, etc.) oils in its liquid form
  • Replacement for shortening in its solid form
  • Greasing baking pans
  • Sautéing
  • We use it most frequently making omelets (or ‘egg pizza’ as Paxton calls them!)

Other uses for coconut oil:

  • As a moisturizing lotion
  • Lip moisturizer
  • In place of diaper cream for my boys (it’s cloth diaper safe)
  • For cradle cap

I’ve tried several different brands but my favorite has been Tropical Traditions virgin coconut oil.  You can definitely tell a quality difference through the smell and texture of Tropical Traditions virgin coconut oil. It has a pleasant coconut aroma but doesn’t have a strong coconut flavor in foods.

One of the features of this oil that makes it worth the extra cost is that it is hand crafted in small batches by family producers and is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. If the virgin coconut oil is more than your budget will allow, Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil.

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a sample of this product to review and I was under no obligation to review.  I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own!

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  1. I have purchased refined coconut oil for my husband who doesnt like the smell or taste of coconut oil. You are right, it's great for cooking. The Tropical Traditions is great for those of us who like coconut, because it gives everything a little hint of coconut flavor (in my opinion.) I have read that virgin coconut oil is great to use on small cuts or rashes as it helps to heal and keeps germs out. I have also read that virgin coconut oil keeps the immune system up to keep one from getting sick! We are on a strict food budget, but this expense was well worth it, not to mention it lasts for quite some time! As a side note, we are on a gluten-free diet and when I bake anything (breads, muffins, pancakes, etc.), many recipes call for coconut flour. Tropical Traditions coconut flour is superior by far! If you wait for their sales (BOGO), you can get pretty good prices. Thank you for this great post!

  2. We use coconut oil to rub inside of my son's nose in the winter. He gets terrible, frequent nosebleeds when the house is dry. The coconut oil smells better than many other ointments that we could use, it's medication-free, it doesn't burn, and it works great in preventing further nosebleeds. We also use it in baking, cooking, making sunscreen, and making hard lotion.

    1. That's a wonderful idea. I'm sure it'd be good to put on chapped little noses during cold season too! And, do you have a link to your lotion recipe?

  3. Just started using coconut oil a couple months ago. Nutiva is my favorite.

    I just discovered your blog. I like it a lot and woul like to link to it in the future.

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