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    Palm shortening ok?

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    I have a recipe that calls for palm shortening. Is it good fat?
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    Not as far as I'm aware. Use lard, butter or coconut oil instead?

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    I think it is okay. I see it Paleo recipe books, But I might be wrong.

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    Red Palm oil is very okay (except for the endangered Orangatan thing so it does matter where it's sourced) and when I googled the shortening, it looked very okay as well. They simply remove something to make it thicker. I have made an awesome chicken dish with red palm oil. Dont try it straight..blech, but great in a recipe.

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    it's ok
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    Not if it is hydrogenated. Palm oil is fine, but I have heard it doesn't taste very good. Maybe try coconut oil.

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    Palm oil is awesome in recipes. Togo Chicken is a good one.

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    If it isn't hydrogenated, it's definitely a good fat. Tallow's still better, but has more taste, and harder to come by. Mostly saturated, very stable, high smoke point, from a tropical plant. These are what you want. Agree about the poor orangutans. Find one that's organic and orangutan-friendly if you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    If it isn't hydrogenated, it's definitely a good fat. Tallow's still better, but has more taste, and harder to come by. Mostly saturated, very stable, high smoke point, from a tropical plant. These are what you want. Agree about the poor orangutans. Find one that's organic and orangutan-friendly if you can.
    Who said anything about hydrogenated? It has been brought up twice now. Is that commen to Red Palm Oil or is it the shortening word that brings that up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceangrl View Post
    Who said anything about hydrogenated? It has been brought up twice now. Is that commen to Red Palm Oil or is it the shortening word that brings that up.
    I don't think the red version is available in a hydrogenated format. The word "shortening" is definitely a red flag, but "hydrogenated palm oil" can definitely be found on food labels from time to time, and should be avoided. While "palm oil" or "palm kernel oil" are fine. I don't know if anybody hydrogenates the red stuff, that would be news to me.

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