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
- 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.