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.
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