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Tropcial Traditions Organic Palm Shortening Review

On Day 1 of rowing The Story About Ping, we learned about China for Social Studies and Geography. So, I thought it would be fun to make homemade eggrolls with Tropical Traditions Organic Palm Shortening.
They were so yummy that we all wanted to make them again. We also made Chinese rice noodles and egg drop soup for The Story About Ping

Then I remembered the small round fried donuts we used to eat at the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet and decided to make good old fashioned raised glazed donuts. :D

I thought that would be a good way to review Tropical Traditions Organic Palm Shortening. =) 

Can you believe I have not used any kind of shortening for 4 years?! I use butter or oil in recipes that call for it. I had no idea what palm shortening was when I first heard of it and found out that it is derived from palm oil and palm oil is derived from the palm fruit. 
"In its natural state, palm oil is a mixture of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, with most of the unsaturated fat being monounsaturated fat. Palm shortening is palm oil that has some of its unsaturated fats removed, giving it a very firm texture, and high melting point. The melting point of our Organic Palm Shortening is 97 degrees F., making it very shelf stable. It is NOT hydrogenised, and contains NO trans fats!"
It's organic, good for you, and can be used for "baking, shortenings, margarines and deep fat frying."



Because it is shelf stable, I like to keep a gallon of this in my food storage. It retails for $35.75/gallon, but is on sale now until August 1st for $19.85 (44% off). This is a great deal for a whole gallon.

Here is your chance to win some ~Tropical Traditions is sponsoring a giveaway for one gallon of Organic Palm Shortening. To enter, leave me a comment telling me what you would make if you won.

~Giveaway closed~

Update:


Here's that donut recipe that many of you have asked for: Crispy and Creamy Donuts. =)

It gets its name because it tastes so much like a Krispy Kreme donut. In the past I have always used butter instead of the shortening it calls for in the recipe, but this time I used Tropical Traditions Palm Shortening. The only complaint: I could not make enough of them!


Our winner for the Palm Shortening is commenter #78: Sable. Congrats! And thank you to all who entered and support my love for Tropical Traditions. :D


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              Your comment is your entry. This giveaway will close on 8/5/2010 and is only open to U.S. residents. (TT will ship internationally, but not for giveaways.) Be sure to leave me an email so I can contact you if you win!

              Disclosure: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

              105 comments

              Lisa said...

              I would love to make the raised glazed donuts with the shortening, they look so yummy!

              Lisa said...

              Recipes I would like to try would be the iced coconut mocha cappuccino's - they look so good!

              Lisa said...

              My favorite Tropical Traditions product is their coconut oil. Would you consider posting your recipes for the egg rolls and the donuts?

              Lisa said...

              I subscribe and love your blog! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

              Debbie said...

              I'd like to make doughnuts. I haven't done that in years and the kids would find it fun.

              Debbit said...

              I love their coconut oil.

              Debbie said...

              I subscribe to the TT newsletter.

              Debbie said...

              I follow on Google Friend Connect.

              Declareduntohim/Andi said...

              I would make Fry Bread! Sign me up!

              Declareduntohim/Andi said...

              I Follow TT on Twitter!

              Declareduntohim/Andi said...

              I am signed up for the newletter! ;0)

              Declareduntohim/Andi said...

              My fave product is the coconut oil, followed by the Raw Honey ;0)

              MelindaG said...

              definitly DONUTS!!! Can't remember the last time I had one of those!
              Thanks for the tips on what this is... I've seen it before, but never took the time to research it.

              MelindaG said...

              Deginitly DONUTS, do you know how long it's been since I've had one of those??? Thanks for the info, I have seen this before but never took the time to research it.

              MelindaG said...

              okay so my second comment about the donuts, should say I love the coconut oil, coconut cream, and their lib balm.

              This one will be I love the Orange Cream Popcycles, and Hot Coco!

              MelindaG said...

              I subscribe to the TT newletters... and let's just say sometimes I get alittle carried away!! Their sales are awesome.

              MelindaG said...

              I subscribe to Delightful learning on RSS

              Dtmoore81 said...

              Since I can't seem to narrow it down to one I will share what my favorites are. :)
              For years I have used the Red Palm Oil (not really knowing what it was) our African friends introduced it to us and we used it in a stew recipe they shared with us. NOW I use it in our pizza crust and sauce where I used to use Olive oil. I marinate in it and cook many things. Now that I know what it is I'm not afraid to use it. LOL! As a matter of fact I'm using it often and we love the flavor.
              Also enjoy the Coconut Peanut Butter YUM! Has become a favorite!
              Then last but NOT least the Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil. I made pies the other day and the flavor was WONDERFUL!!!! :) Muffins as well. I'm so excited to have discovered Tropical Traditions Red Palm Oil, Coconut Peanut Butter and Coconut Oil!!!
              Hope you will try some soon!
              Tammy

              agodlyhomemaker said...

              the coconut macaroons !

              agodlyhomemaker said...

              i love their shortening too- it makes fantastic eggs!

              agodlyhomemaker said...

              the smoothies recipe is begging to be made!

              agodlyhomemaker said...

              i follow TT on twitter

              agodlyhomemaker said...

              i sub to TT

              agodlyhomemaker said...

              tweeted http://twitter.com/godlyhomemaker/status/19711378714

              mammasita8 said...

              I subscribe to your email letter.

              mammasita8 said...

              I have tried the teeth cleansing stuff, but nothing else yet. I'm open to suggestions. Kinda intrigued by the whole coconut oil phenomena.

              mammasita8 said...

              Just subscribed to TT newsletter.

              mammasita8 said...

              I would like to try the fry bread.

              Jensblissfulmoments said...

              I would have to have your donut recipe and would make them if I won.

              Jsqueen said...

              I would love to also try their coconut oil. I have read so many great reviews about their products!

              Jsqueen said...

              I subscribe to your blog through bloglines!

              Jsqueen said...

              I think we are going to try the coconut crepes recipe soon!!

              Julie H. said...

              Those doughnuts look amazing!!

              I would make a pie crust with the shortening...trying to find my "go-to" crust. :)

              Julie H. said...

              I would like to try TT Coconut Oil!

              Julie H said...

              The Easy Coconut Squash Bake sounds interesting...I'm ready for fall!

              Julie H. said...

              I get the TT email newsletter.

              Lori TenHaken said...

              Would definitely like to make some glazed donuts. My husband would be so blessed...
              Blessings,

              dltenhaken@yahoo.com

              Lori TenHaken said...

              I do not like coconut at all. However, my husband loves it and I would love to bless him by preparing the Chocolate Coconut Bark recipe.

              Lori said...

              I just subscribed to the Tropical Traditions sales newsletter.

              Lori said...

              I am one of your many followers...Thank you for being a blessing and inspiration to us all.

              TattiC said...

              I would use it to replace the shortening/oil in all my recipes. Sounds like it will make a healthy change in my cooking!

              Leigh said...

              Please enter me too! leighsfiberjournal at gmail dot com

              Leigh said...

              Here's my tweet - http://twitter.com/FiberLeigh/status/20003443314

              Leigh said...

              I can also tell you that my fav TT product is their gold label coconut oil. Very tasty on everything.

              Leigh said...

              Subbed to their newsletter

              Leigh said...

              I've just subbed to you via Bloglines

              WinItMama said...

              I'd love to try frying Lumpia with the Palm Shortening! =D
              winitmama@gmail.com

              WinItMama said...

              My favorite product so far is Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil!
              winitmama@gmail.com

              WinItMama said...

              I really want to try out the Coffee Heaven recipe, it sounds delicious!
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              WinItMama said...

              I subscribe to the Tropical Traditions newsletter!
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              WinItMama said...

              I follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter!
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              WinItMama said...

              I follow through Google Friend Connect!
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              WinItMama said...

              I tweeted: http://twitter.com/WinItMamaWINS/status/20005306803
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              Michelle said...

              I think the donuts look and sound amazing - can't WAIT to try them! Will you post the recipe?

              RMCROADRUNNER said...

              I would try it for deep frying my own recipe of Ozark's Cashew Chicken - which is a special meal I prepared for my children's birthday dinners. Served w/top ramen souop for the 1st course then egg rolls & fried rice, a meal that CAN'T BE BEAT!

              Heather said...

              I made the coconut pudding squares. The other night. They were quite tasty! Please enter me in the drawing.

              Heather said...

              I subscribed to the Tropical Traditions e-newsletter. Thank you for holding this giveaway!.

              Ladonna said...

              Hi there, We just made the recipe for granola from the TT site and it is really good!

              http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/index.cfm/2010/7/21/super-nutty-granola-crunch

              We have not tried Palm shortening, but will certainly look into it. Thanks for pointing us that way.

              God bless you,
              Ladonna Beals
              covenantmom@gmail.com

              Ladonna Beals said...

              We would like to try the egg rolls!

              grace195 said...

              I would love to make chocolate chip cookies again, they just aren't the same made with oil. I haven't had a can of shortening in the house in more years than I can remember. Oh and a good pie crust!

              Tanya said...

              I enjoy making birthday cakes for my children. I've always used vegetable shortening for the frosting, but was thrilled to find information on palm shortening!! So no more vegetable shortening for my family!! I intend to make the frosting for their cakes with palm shortening from now on.

              Tanya Powell
              fthm95@gmail.com

              Tanya said...

              As for the Tropical Traditions recipe.....This week, I used the recipe for Roast Chicken with Coconut Oil recipe and it was DELICIOUS!!

              Tanya Powell
              fthm95@gmail.com

              Homeschoolmom42 said...

              I've been wondering what I could use instead of shortening as I don't always like lard as it seems too heavy at times. I will definitely have to try this!

              Cara said...

              I love TT's raw coconut oil- we use it in smoothies :)

              Cara said...

              Subscribe to their newsletter

              Sue said...

              I'd make pie crust and then make a coconut cream pie! Thanks for the giveaway.

              s.mickelson at gmail dot com

              Sue said...

              TT sales newsletter subscriber.

              Sue said...

              Classic coconut macaroons would be the best recipe for me!!

              Sue said...

              I have the Organic Coconut Flakes and love them!

              Hadassah said...

              I'm wondering if you can use it like coconut oil. And my kiddos have been hoping I'd make a fresh batch of our vegan ice cream. Carob and cherries. Yum!

              Kara said...

              I've been using their coconut oil for years and I'd love to try this shortening! The doughnuts look totally delicious. I've never attempted to make my own...I'm going to have to try it!

              Sable said...

              I would make some chicken with this palm shortening.

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              Sable said...

              My favorite Tropical Traditions product is the virgin coconut oil.

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              Sable said...

              I would like to try the coconut peanut butter cookies.

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              Sable said...

              subscribed to tropical traditions newsletter.

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              Sable said...

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              Sable said...

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              matt4melis said...

              I would make sourdough tortillas.

              matt4melis at hotmail dot com

              Sable said...

              blogged about this giveaway

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              Sable said...

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              Sable said...

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              Homeschoolerconfessions said...

              The egg rolls look yummy!

              matt4melis said...

              I would love to try the shampoo bar

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              matt4melis said...

              I'd like to try the Coconut Banana Split Deconstructed recipe

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              Kellie said...

              I haven't used shortening for years either, so it is interesting to know about this product! I'd love to try your donuts.

              Kellie said...

              I have you in my Google Reader.

              Andria said...

              I would make eggrolls. My oldest loves eggrolls and this looks like a "healthier" way to make them.

              Andria said...

              I have heard so many wonderful things about their coconut oil. I would love to try it.

              Andria said...

              I would try the recipe for Strawberry Vanilla Coconut Smoothies.

              Andria said...

              I subscribed to the TT newsletter.

              Andria said...

              I follow you!

              Melinda said...

              Just getting started with eating whole foods! Love TT coconut oil!

              Melinda said...

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              Melinda said...

              Like everyone else - would love to try the donuts!!

              Moira said...

              I love cooking with coconut oil~we make cream cheese won tons YUM! I will have to try doughnuts!

              Sable said...

              blogged about this giveaway

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              Wefoundtruth said...

              I would use it in my panut butter cookies - which have been missing Crisco, for frying, sauteeing...I'd use it very often. And Chanukkah is coming up so, this will be awesome to have! I will also look at their site it sounds like they have great products to offer.

              Wefoundtruth said...

              I subscribed to the newsletter.

              Wefoundtruth said...

              Coconut macroons are calling my name! Definately a favorite that we'll make very soon! I think I will also try the curried lamb next week!

              Tara said...

              I've used Tropical Traditions shredded coconut and coconut oil both. I've never used their shortening, but I do use Spectrum Organic non-hydrogenated palm oil shortening.