February 4, 2013—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
In the annals of food history, 2012 will likely go down as the year coconut oil exploded onto the scene. We think we finally have a handle on it, so we're hoping that 2013 goes down as the year we can keep Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil in stock.
So why have people flocked to this particular oil? What makes it so special? Well, to make our Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, our supplier starts with freshly harvested coconuts that are de-husked and grated. The meat of the coconut is dried to remove the water, then it's cold pressed and filtered to remove any remaining pieces of the fruit. That's the process. Nothing more. Some coconut oil is extracted using high heat, chemicals and even bleach. Not ours. Producing the oil in this pure, natural way, we are able to retain the nutrients, flavor characteristics and aromas of fresh coconuts.
Use Organic Virgin Coconut Oil in cooking—it stands up to relatively high heat and imparts a distinctive flavor—in salad dressings, for baking, and even as a moisturizer for dry skin. It's true! It will fluctuate from a liquid to a solid state, depending on the temperature at which it's stored, so don’t be surprised when the solid-looking oil you bought in the store turns into a liquid when the jar's been stored in a warmer pantry. We're selling each 16 ounce jar for $5.99—if you've shopped for similar products elsewhere, you know exactly how good a value this is. Just another reason ours is so special. Look for it in our grocery aisle with the cooking oils.
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