Sunday, June 10, 2012

Dear Ole' Daddy-O Giveaway Hop: Win Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil

Welcome to our Rockin' Giveaway Hop
sponsored by Planet Weidknecht
where you can win your Daddy-O
a fabulous Father's Day Gift!

After you enter to win my fabulous prize,
be sure to hop around to the other participating blogs
and enter to win their prizes too!

For this giveaway hop, I have received a 1 quart jar or Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil to sample, as well as one to giveaway to one lucky reader.

I have been reading about coconut oil on lots of blogs lately.  It seems all the rage.  I'd never heard of it before, nor tried it, and I was quite curious.  When I was given the opportunity to try it out for myself, I was thrilled, but also a little bit leery.   Would I like it?  What would it taste like?  What would I do with it?   This is NUTS!  I don't even LIKE coconut?  Is it going to make all my food taste like coconut?

Obviously, I had a lot of questions running through my head about it, and when it showed up at my door, it took me a few days to take the plunge and actually try it.  I still wasn't really sure how to implement it into my cooking, so I decided to just stick of the obvious approach and substitute it for vegetable oil in a recipe.

The first recipe I tried this with was a pizza dough I was making in my bread machine.  I used the coconut oil in equal measure in place of the vegetable oil the recipe called for, and I closed the lid and hoped for the best.

Quite honestly, the best is what I got!  There was not a difference in taste that I could tell.  The dough was much more pliable and easier to roll out than when I normally make it, and when baked it was lighter and less chewy than normal.   I think we all agreed that these were some of our best homemade pizzas to date.

I have since used it in more of my baking--muffins, dinner rolls, banana bread, and I've been pleased with the results each and every time.

I also tried greasing muffin cups with it instead of using my PAM spray (I'd read a blog post saying that it worked well for that) and I would say that it worked nearly as good as the PAM did, certainly as well as any store brand cooking spray I've tried.

I've barely used 1/4 of mine and I'm still learning of its uses (my friend Pary Moppins has posted some great non-cooking uses for the stuff!)   I'm very excited to be able to give one of you the chance to win a jar of your own!

Here's a little bit about the product:

Gold Label Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Win 1 quart of  Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

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 oil.

And here is your chance to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And here are all of the other lovely blogs involved with this giveaway.  Head over to their pages and see what they have to offer!

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.


Anonymous June 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM  

thanks forthe contest. hope i win.

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