Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil and Ghee

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut OilSo, when I first met the people from Tropical Traditions (troptraditions on Twitter), I assumed they were all about skin care products.  They were nice folks to talk to, but I really didn’t think our paths would cross in the world of food.  Then they put out a call to food bloggers asking if anyone wanted to cook with their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil.  I raised my hand, of course.  I mean, it was Gold Label, right?  So, they sent me a jar.  Which was nice of them.

Now, if you’re like me, the minute you opened up the package and saw that container of white gold, you could only be thinking one thing:

Ghee

That’s right, Indian clarified butter.

Wait, what do you mean you don’t think about ghee when you are holding aloft a jar of coconut oil, Tropical Traditions or otherwise??  Well, what do you think of?  Hrmm?

Okay, let me explain.  Once upon a time, I was vegetarian and later vegan.  During that time, I ate a LOT of Indian food because it was delicious and because vegetarianism is prevalent in many parts of India.  As a cuisine, Indians has mastered the art of cooking without meat. 

However, I realized that as I was becoming vegan, I would have to deal with the fact that ghee is just not vegan because it’s made from milk.  Therefore, if I was to keep eating Indian food, I would need to do something about it.  So I went to my local Indian grocer and bought vegetarian (technically vegan) ghee.

And Vegetarian Ghee Is…?

Equal parts coconut oil and palm oil.

Now You Get It?

So ever since then, coconut oil has become synonymous with Indian food.  However, since I don’t run into palm oil a lot, I have learned to replace the palm oil with olive oil or, if I am cooking for people I am 900% sure aren’t allergic to peanuts, peanut oil.

So BlogWellDone vegetarian ghee is equal parts good quality coconut oil and olive oil.  And that’s what I use no matter what the recipe calls for because it’s just not nearly as heavy as your regular, garden variety butter-based ghee.  Plus, with all the spices in Indian food, it’s hard to taste the difference.

Is Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Ghee-Worthy?

Definitely.  I really liked how quickly it melted and the fact that it did not have a huge cocont flavor.  (I hope they don’t mind me saying that, but seriously it was very mild and have more of a clean taste than anything else.)  All in all, I found it to be a superior cooking oil and one I would definitely pay to use in my kitchen.

If you want to try it out for yourself, head over to the Tropical Traditions website and buy a jar.  You can also check out their range of other coconut-based products like skin care creams, cleaners, even a coconut oil cookbook so you can get more of the healthy oil in your diet.

Check it out and enjoy!

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