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Old 07-31-2013, 14:47   #1
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I have not used this product before. Will your food taste like coconut if you fry with it? I know it is a silly question .

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If you use the most natural ones (called "extra virgin"), yes. But there are refined/deodorized brands available which have no smell or taste if you prefer that.

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And it isn't a silly question - we don't have any of those around here.

As Salim has said, the more natural versions DO impart some coconut aroma & flavor, but the refined ones are neutral.




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The two that I use are Spectrum Brand, Organic refined and LouAnn brand, Both are tasteless and odorless, I hate coconut. I use the Spectrum brand in baked goods and for my coffee, The LouAnn brand for frying, its much cheaper.

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It's weird but coconut appears to be one of those love it or hate it foods with virtually no one in the middle. Cilantro is another one. I once saw a detailed clinical study of that. It was really interesting.

I'm reading about LouAnn "odorless" oil and how it's a relief for someone on the side who hates the taste/smell of coconut. I'm on the other side. I LOVE coconut and there is no way it would spoil any food of mind by adding its heavenly aroma and taste.

On the other hand, when I bought a jar of LouAnn (attracted only by the price) and tried to use it, I literally gagged. Maybe tasteless and odorless, but expecting coconut oil and getting that very nearly made me vomit. I couldn't use for anything and threw it away.

Even worse is the standard manufactured one used all over Asia. It's made from dried - and I think even "roasted" - kopra (dried coconut meat). It's HORRIBLE. It smells somewhere between bad bacon and something burnt.

Thankfully, now that CO is catching on several companies are making the "virgin"variety. This term doesn't really apply like to olives, but it means that the fresh, white coconut meat is squeezed immediately and the oil skimmed of the resulting "milk". It's SOOOO different from that the old nasty, burned-tasting kopra kind. That requires re-hydrating the dry kopra with hot water (or worse, sometimes they use chemicals) in order to get the oil out. Unfortunately, the latter is the standard all over Asia.

I showed some of the standard one to a Filipino domestic worker. She smelled it and said, "Nice, coconut oil!". Then, I showed here the "virgin" one from America and she said, "Ooh, THAT's the NATURAL one." But, unlike me, she was fine using the first one which I gladly gave her.

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There was a study done here in Sweden on Cilantro which found that over 80% of Swedes hated it because it reminded them of the taste of soap. I personally love Cilantro and use it all the time. Same with coconut oil which is now a MUST in my morning coffee and as a frying oil. I have both the refined (for cooking) and pure extra virgin (for my coffee and baking).

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I read somewhere here that to make sure your coconut oil was " cold pressed " That's what I bought, also says extra virgin. I am new to using it but have to say I like it very much. I don't notice a coconut taste and it is great on the PB Fat Bombs. I fried chicken with it yesterday and it was yummy.

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There was a study done here in Sweden on Cilantro which found that over 80% of Swedes hated it because it reminded them of the taste of soap. I personally love Cilantro and use it all the time. Same with coconut oil which is now a MUST in my morning coffee and as a frying oil. I have both the refined (for cooking) and pure extra virgin (for my coffee and baking).
Makes you wonder how so many Swedes know what soap taste like! Too much potty mouth as children?

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Maybe not even potty mouth . . . all my four-year-old self ever did was stick out my tongue at my mom and whoa! Suds! (and it only happened once!)




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I have not used this product before. Will your food taste like coconut if you fry with it? I know it is a silly question .
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