Alternative to coconut oil
Alternative to coconut oil , 05-29-2010 10:57 PM


Advanced Low-Carber


It seems I am allergic to coconut. Does anyone out there have any suggestions about what oils are good for high-heat cooking! For the time being, the only oils I am cooking with are olive oil and butter. Also, does anyone know if I am allergic to coconut oil, would I most probably be allergic to palm oil as well?
RE: Alternative to coconut oil , 05-29-2010 11:07 PM


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I found a supplier of food grade palm KERNEL oil that has a fatty acid profile quite similar to coconut oil. I usually fry with half that and half butter for the flavor of the butter. The PKO is tasteless/odorless. I do not know what it is in CO that you are allergic to. I would say the only thing you can do is try. I actually got it from a distributer of soap making supplies but it specified it was food grade. I suppose if you're allergic you could use it to start a soap-making side biz. Actually it was relatively cheap compared to CO. I have seen chocolates with this in the ingredients list, so you could test it that way as well (provided you're not allergic to chocolate!).
RE: Alternative to coconut oil , 05-29-2010 11:33 PM


Advanced Low-Carber


Clarify your butter (ghee) it removes the milk fats which burn at high temp and leaves you with pure butter fat. Butter fat has a smoke point of 425 degrees.

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RE: Alternative to coconut oil , 05-30-2010 02:59 PM


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Homemade lard doesn't work because it has meat residue in it, but I'm wondering if the white stuff sold in the US would have a higher smoke point. Anyone know?


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RE: Alternative to coconut oil , 05-30-2010 04:31 PM


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I found a supplier of food grade palm KERNEL oil that has a fatty acid profile quite similar to coconut oil. I usually fry with half that and half butter for the flavor of the butter. The PKO is tasteless/odorless. I do not know what it is in CO that you are allergic to. I would say the only thing you can do is try. I actually got it from a distributer of soap making supplies but it specified it was food grade. I suppose if you're allergic you could use it to start a soap-making side biz. Actually it was relatively cheap compared to CO. I have seen chocolates with this in the ingredients list, so you could test it that way as well (provided you're not allergic to chocolate!).
Surely you are speaking about <Columbus Foods!>? I am a soap maker and order organic palm, organic palm kerne l& virgin coconut oil from Columbus for soap making as well as cooking too. Their prices are unbeatable. They also carry food grade cocoa butter which is delicious in low carb confections and protein bars. Their fractionated coconut oil (aka-MCT) is the best price I have found online. I also use their glycerine.....comes in handy to to add sweetness to 'lowcarb' extra virgin coconut body butter, chocolate edible massage lotions..... use your imagination. Just ask Mike over at Columbus if you want to know what is food grade and what is not, he is very helpful.

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RE: Alternative to coconut oil , 05-31-2010 03:08 AM


Advanced Low-Carber


Thank you all, very much, for your input! I will have to check out Columbia Foods if I cannot find palm kernel oil locally. In the meantime, I will have to try my hand at clarifying some butter to cook with. I had forgotten that clarified butter does well at high heat. I know I have read that at least a few times. I have never used it, but it should work out just dandy!
RE: Alternative to coconut oil , 05-31-2010 09:02 PM


Advanced Low-Carber


Tapper, I get my palm oil at Whole Foods in Southern Calif. It's located in the baking aisle and is labeled "All Vegetable Shortening", Spectrum brand. A 24-ounce tub costs $4-5. Quite pricey but there you are. I use it when I want to make pie dough for family occasions, which is not too often, and I refuse to use Crisco any more. It lasts and lasts without spoiling. And it's kosher.

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