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When my son was younger, he was allergic to so many things. He couldn’t eat butter so I needed an alternative for him. I tried coconut oil, but it turns out that both he and I are a few of those rare individuals who are allergic to coconut! That’s when I discovered palm shortening. We used palm shortening in the same way you use butter and my son loved it. Although it is a tasteless oil, it gave food that melted fat feel that is so yummy.
While doing some research to find the best butter alternative for my son, I discovered some amazing benefits to this oil called palm shortening that I had never heard of before. It is NOT hydrogenised, and contains NO trans fats! Basically, that means it’s not bad for you! The book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon has an amazing section on fats. I highly recommend that portion in the book if you are ready to learn about “good fat” vs “bad fat”. She also gives some great information on which oils you should and should not use when frying food.
I have used several different brands of palm shortening and my all time favorite is Tropical Traditions. It is a colorless and flavorless oil that allows the pure flavor of the food to come through. It is a great choice for high heat frying. It is thick like shortening and can be used in the same way you use lard or Crisco. I use for all my frying (chicken fried steak, french fries, etc.) and to make amazing biscuits.
One great bonus about purchasing the palm shortening through Tropical Traditions is the reusable gallon bucket the shortening comes in. I love those buckets! We use them for picking product out of the garden, scooping ice, or a place to store our “treasures”.
When cooking with palm shortening, I recommend wiping off your measuring cups, spatulas, etc. with a paper towel to remove as much of the palm shortening as possible. This will help make the clean up process easier when you go to wash your utensils.
If you have never used palm shortening, and you are looking for a healthy oil, I highly recommend giving this oil a try!