Coconut oil is such a versatile thing. It can be used for beauty, around the house, for eating, on pets, and there are probably a zillion uses for it that I don’t even know about! Because of its adaptability, I think everyone should keep a jar of this stuff lying around.
Why I Love Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil
- It’s certified organic! The coconuts used to make this oil haven’t been exposed to pesticides and chemicals.
- It’s unrefined! This means it hasn’t been refined, a process that uses chemicals to clean the oil. Basically, it’s more natural!
- It’s cold-pressed! This is basically another term for unrefined. It means that the oil wasn’t exposed to high heat which could cause it to oxidize.
- It has a mild flavor! Many coconut oils have an overpowering coconut flavor which isn’t ideal for everything (like when you’re using it to roast smoked paprika sweet potatoes and carrots). This oil tastes great in anything.
- It’s made with only one ingredient! Organic Virgin Coconut Oil – that’s it.
But what really makes me love this stuff?
- It’s affordable! It’s just $5.99/16oz jar. Unless you’re buying a huge tub of coconut oil at Costco, this price is hard to beat.
According to Trader Joe’s themselves, here’s what makes their coconut oil stand out above the rest.
So what makes it so special? Well, to make our Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, our supplier starts with freshly harvested coconuts that are de-husked and grated. The meat of the coconut is dried to remove the water, and then it’s cold pressed and filtered to remove any remaining pieces of the fruit. That’s the process. Nothing more. Producing the oil in this way, we are able to retain the nutrients, flavor characteristics and aromas of fresh coconuts.
Sounds pretty tempting, doesn’t it? Now after you go out and buy yourself a jar, you’ll probably be asking yourself “What the heck do I do with this?!”. Have no fear; read my 9 Ways to Use Coconut Oil and you’ll be using it for everything before you know it!
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