Tropical Traditions Organic Palm Shortening Review and Giveaway

by Chrystal Johnson on June 7, 2012

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I grew up with Crisco in the cabinet. I think it was a staple in many kitchens during that time period. As I’ve gotten older and wiser to real nutrition, I have learned the many horrors of hydrogenated oils, and I steer clear.

So when I first saw the word “shortening” (as in palm shortening) on the Tropical Traditions website, I was taken aback. They weren’t producing hydrogenated oil were they? I love their coconut oil because there are so many uses for it, so I really hoped they weren’t.

As I started reading the information on the Tropical Traditions Organic Palm Shortening, I was very relieved to discover that it is in fact, not hydrogenated. It couldn’t be more different from the Crisco I grew up with!

I have been eyeing the Tropical Traditions Palm Shortening for a while. I love using coconut oil as a butter replacement, but I’m always looking for other non-dairy and non-hydrogenated oil choices to try out.

Palm shortening is actually derived from palm oil (also offered by Tropical Traditions). In its natural state, palm oil is a mixture of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, with most of the unsaturated fat being monounsaturated fat.

To make palm shortening, some of the unsaturated fats are removed from the palm oil, which gives it a very firm texture, and high melting point. When I make pie crusts, I love using 2 different oils – the different melting points make for a tasty crust. I used to use butter and lard, but now I’m looking forward to giving the coconut oil and palm shortening combo a try.

Additionally, because the melting point is 97° F, this palm shortening is shelf stable and is not prone to rancidity. It is NOT hydrogenated and contains NO trans fats!

One other thing that’s great about it is that it’s colorless and odorless, so it doesn’t affect the taste of your foods like Virgin Palm Oil does, so it’s much more flexible.

I know that there is a lot of controversy around palm oil and deforestation, so I was happy to see that the palm oil Tropical Traditions uses is eco-conscious. It comes from small family farms in South America that are certified by ProForest.

To read more about Tropical Traditions Organic Palm Shortening, click here.

Until June 10, Tropical Traditions is offering 42% off their Organic Palm Shortening! (Retail: $40.75; Now: $23.59) No code needed.

And one Happy Mothering reader will win a whole Gallon of Tropical Traditions Organic Palm Shortening!

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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Melanie Schemanski June 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm

most heavily consumed dietary oil in the world after soybean oil
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2 Camille
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June 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Palm oil is used in most of the rest of world! What else is new.
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3 Brittney Minor
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June 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I learned that Palm shortening is palm oil that has some of its unsaturated fats removed, giving it a very firm texture, and high melting point.
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4 Sage June 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I learned that palm oil is the most consumed dietary oil next to soybean oil!

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5 Misty Leask June 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I had no idea there was such a thing as coconut flour! WOW! LOL! Thanks Chrystal :)

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6 Chelsea W June 7, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I learned that it is produced on farms on land that was not deforested. Thanks for the chance :-)
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7 Sarah Jane
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June 8, 2012 at 10:58 am

I learned that Tropical Traditions Organic Palm Shortening comes from small scale family farms in South America.
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8 monica June 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm

the gallon is 42% off till June 10! :-)

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9 Stephanie Hungerford
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June 8, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Has a stable shelf life because of the removal of some of the unsaturated fat. This is also a tasteless product for frying.

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10 domestic diva June 9, 2012 at 10:21 am

Palm shortening contains no trans fats.

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11 Beth June 12, 2012 at 8:19 am

I learned that “It is NOT hydrogenised, and contains NO trans fats!”
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12 gala June 12, 2012 at 11:54 am

The lands used to grow the palm fruit are lands previously used for agricultural purposes (cattle, rice, banana).

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13 Jo June 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm

It contains no trans fats!

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14 ellens June 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm

palm is the most used shortening in the world exc here. big surprise they would push unhealthy soy or crisco hydrogenated oil here

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15 Amanda Alvarado June 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I learned it contains no trans fatty acids.

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16 Charissa June 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm

It’s eco friendly and produced on a small family farm.
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17 Phoenix June 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

Their palm oil comes from small family farms in South America

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18 angie lilly aka tofu fairy on fb June 17, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I learned this: “The lands the farmers use are not lands that were deforested. The lands used to grow the palm fruit are lands previously used for agricultural purposes (cattle, rice, banana).” PHEW! That is good to know!
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