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  • #16
    I've just done a roast chicken, first time with coconut oil. Mmmmm, lovely, hardly noticeable just really lovely flavour of chicken. I'm gonna need a bigger jar ...
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    • #17
      Originally posted by MN_John View Post
      The Coconut Research Center website has a ton of information on the benefits of coconut oil.

      I personally use refined coconut oil (even though Mark recommends against it) as it imparts no flavor and its smoke point is higher. If you use olive oil for cooking make sure you use the refined variety as well. Heating an oil beyond its smoke point denatures it causing it to become unhealthy.

      Use extra virgin olive oil for drizzle. I personally use extra virgin coconut oil as a food supplement and don't cook with it.
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      • #18
        the flavor sure beats out olive oil when frying an egg!

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        • #19
          This is where I purchase my coconut oil from, its half the price I've found else where, food grade (the virgin is also Certified Organic). Be sure to get the 76 degree (the 92 degree is hydrogenated). The 7lb sizes come in narrow mouth plastic pour bottles, but of course it won't pour at room temperature so you have to warm it up to get it out. I warm the bottles in a double boiler on very low heat, trying to keep the temperature below 100 degrees (so nothing leaches from the plastic. Its heavy duty plastic but never the less...). I then pour the now liquid coconut oil in to a Rubbermaid container, where it is then spoonable for daily use.
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          • #20
            Originally posted by MN_John View Post
            This is where I purchase my coconut oil from, its half the price I've found else where, food grade (the virgin is also Certified Organic). Be sure to get the 76 degree (the 92 degree is hydrogenated). The 7lb sizes come in narrow mouth plastic pour bottles, but of course it won't pour at room temperature so you have to warm it up to get it out. I warm the bottles in a double boiler on very low heat, trying to keep the temperature below 100 degrees (so nothing leaches from the plastic. Its heavy duty plastic but never the less...). I then pour the now liquid coconut oil in to a Rubbermaid container, where it is then spoonable for daily use.
            That Columbus supplier looks great. Only a shame they don't ship overseas. Great price on the EVCO too.

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            • #21
              Olive oil is NOT great for cooking, but can be used safely raw. Coconut oil is much better to use for cooking...

              Unfortunately I don't like food cooked in coconut oil . I don't like the flavour it gives.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Iron Fireling View Post
                Olive oil is NOT great for cooking, but can be used safely raw. Coconut oil is much better to use for cooking...

                Unfortunately I don't like food cooked in coconut oil . I don't like the flavour it gives.
                My wife has the same problem. For her we use refined instead of virgin.

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                • #23
                  I believe that coconut oil can withstand higher temperatures than olive oil, so it is better to use coconut oil when cooking, and olive oil as a garnish (drizzle, or dressing). I personally like the expeller pressed coconut oil because the flavor is not as strong. I'm not a big fan of coconut flavor in my food. Although the thought of chicken cooked with a bit of coconut oil sounds good.
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                  • #24
                    I like to munch solidified coconut oil as a snack.

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                    • #25
                      I buy coconut oil (refined) in a tub - I think it's called Pacific Coconut from Samoa - and use it for all of my savoury asian-style cooking as it has such a high smoke point, browns things really nicely and carries other flavours well without adding it's own flavour.
                      A favourite recipe (which I'm doing tonight) is chop up a load of semi root vegetables - I use pumpkin, swede, carrot, onions, cauliflower - into 1.5 inch cubes roughly, add fennel seeds, cumin seeds, salt, pepper, a good shake of turmeric and and good shake of chilli pepper. Heat your oven to about 180 C and put a roasting tray in with a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil (more or less according to how much veg you have). Once the cocnut oil has melted toss in your veggies and roast until tender - about 30 - 40 mins depending on your oven. delicious hot but also wonderful cold the next day, tossed with mixed greens pumpkin seeds, a bit of feta, olive oil and balsamic vinegar as a scrummy salad.

                      Enjoy!!

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                      • #26
                        I use coconut oil for all my heavy-duty stir-frying, or anything I need to cook longer than 10 min for. At the moment, this is only for my potatoes.

                        Otherwise, I use EVOO for light frying from low to medium-low heat and for fewer than 10 minutes.
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