Sunday, September 8, 2013

Bake Easily With Kelapo Coconut Oil Baking Sticks! (Review with Giveaway, US Only, Ends 09/26/13)

Disclosure: I received some Kelapo coconut oil baking sticks for free in exchange for my honest opinion about them.

What does Kelapo stand for?

We credit our name, Kelapo, as a loose translation of "Coconut Tree" in the Malay language. 'Kelapa' being the word for coconut, and 'Pohak' the word for tree. Malaysia is home to tropical weather year-round, which makes for the perfect climate for coconut palms.

What is coconut oil?

Coconut oil is a liquid substance extracted from the meat of a mature coconut. A very stable substance with a long shelf life, it is used around the world as a safe, flavorful cooking oil, often substituting butter. Many believe that coconut oil offers health benefits, such as boosting the body's natural metabolism. Although historically popular in tropical countries, millions of people throughout the Western world are including this versatile oil in their cooking regimens.

Our family has been using coconut oil for several years now. It is our go-to oil for just about everything. I love how it doesn't go rancid in high heat like most other oils do. And coconut is one of my favorite flavors so I love that it adds a light coconut taste to everything!

While coconut oil does not go rancid at high temps, it does melt at high temps, as you can see in the picture above. This is what the coconut oil looked like when I received it in the mail (after  it sitting for a couple of hours in a hot mailbox!). When melted, it resembles cloudy water.

Here it the nutritional information. It also shows you how to break it down when baking with it.

This is what the baking sticks look like when being brought to room temp, slightly oozy.

This is what the coconut oil looks like when refrigerated.

I used one baking stick in each of two different cookie mixes in substitution for the butter that was called for in both recipes. Both batches of cookies tasting SO yummy with that light coconut taste! And the baking sticks were super easy to use since they were premeasured!

Is a coconut a nut or a fruit?

Coconuts are classified as fibrous, one-seeded drupes. A drupe is a fruit with a hard, stony covering enclosing the seed (similar to a peach or olive). Although a coconut does meet the official definition of a nut (a one- seeded fruit), it is not considered a true nut because its seeds are released when the fruit wall decays or is eaten.

There are two main techniques used to produce coconut oil:

Wet process: The fruit is removed from the husk, moistened with water, and then squeezed to produce a mixture of coconut milk and oil. The oil naturally separates from the milk within 12-24 hours. There are other methods that can be used (such as heating, cooling, or centrifugal force) to expedite the separation. The wet process is often used by those who make coconut oil at home.

Dry process: The coconut kernel is removed, shredded, and dried, after which a press is used to extract the extra virgin coconut oil.

 Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is certified Organic, Fair Trade, Vegetarian, and Kosher. Coconut oil is naturally gluten-free, which makes it wonderful for those who have gluten allergies.

The baking sticks are perfect for quick and easy cooking/baking. I especially love that they are organic and far trade! They are scored the same way butter would be and each cup is pre-measured into ½ portions, giving 1 cup total. You may also want to check out Kelapo Coconut Oil's blog, for more recipes and informational tips on how to use coconut oil.

Kelapo Coconut Oil has several varieties of products for you to experience. Use discount code GUNIHCC for 10% off (valid 9/1/2013-10/31/2013).

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