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Best Palm Oil Products

The uses are endless to this overlooked oil

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October 14, 2021
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Have some palm oil? Better get cooking. Pixabay/Ben Frewin

Palm oil is one of the most versatile oils in the world. It runs cars as a biofuel, is found in health care products, and it makes a fantastic cooking and baking oil. Coming from the fruit of the palm tree, palm oil is derived from the small red fruits.

Nutiva USDA Certified Organic, non-GMO, Cold-Filtered, Unrefined, Fair Trade Ecuadorian Red Palm Oil, 15 Ounce (Pack of 2)

Chemical-free

Use it in baking as a substitute for butter, as this product not only tastes good but is a nutritious alternative. Nutiva

Using cold filtering, this rich oil is made without any chemical processing. This nutrient-rich red palm oil is red because of all the beta-carotene and vitamins. It’s responsibly sourced from certified organic farms in Ecuador. That means forests are not cut down to harvest the oil. Instead, this rich oil is from small family orchards. Drizzle some on your popcorn for a healthier buttery flavor. It’s vegan and paleo-friendly, too.

Buy: Nutiva USDA Certified Organic Red Palm Oil

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Palm Oil - RSPO Certified - Sustainable - Food Grade - Kosher - Not Hydrogenated - 8 lbs. in a 1 Gallon Pail - HDPE microwavable container with resealable lid and removable handle

Ready for the restaurant

A great choice for the home baker or professional chef, it has been processed to be shelf-stable. Essential Depot

Perfect for cooking Asian foods, tempura, and anything in a wok, palm oil is one of the most versatile oils in the world. If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, this is the palm oil packaged for you. This one-gallon size provides eight pounds of palm oil for all your baking or sautéing, and in any recipe calling for butter or oil. Coming in a microwave-safe tub with a tightly sealing lid, this palm originates in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Buy: Palm Oil – 8 lbs in a 1 Gallon Pail

100% Palm Oil - 16 Fl Oz

Bake naturally

Sustainably harvested in Colombia, use it in place of shortening, oil, margarine, or butter. OKONATUR

Your banana bread will benefit from this slightly savory vegan oil. It adds a rich earthy note to all your quick bread. Pure palm oil is full of Omega 6 antioxidants. In fact, it’s one of the best sources. These essential antioxidants are called tocopherols and tocotrienols and they are what makes up Vitamin E. If you like having a number of oils for different kitchen applications, you’ll want to add this versatile 16-ounce container of palm oil to your collection.

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Buy: 100% Palm Oil – 16 Fl Oz

Praise Red Palm Oil, 1-Litre - Zomi

High temperature pick

If you’re craving African or Moroccan chicken with chickpeas or some creamy bobotie, you’ll want to add this to your pantry. Praise

If you sauté or cook in a wok, this oil has a very high, about 450 degrees F smoke point. Grown and pressed in the African nation of Ghana, like other red palm oils, it can be used on your hair, in your homemade soap, and in cosmetics, too. Full of antioxidants, it’s unrefined so you might find some sediment in the bottom of the liter container. Palm oil imparts an earthy, healthy taste to all your dishes.

Buy: Praise Red Palm Oil

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Cyndi Mathews is a contributing writer to Islands and recently published her first book and enjoys traveling to Florida in her sailboat. Islands is an award-winning brand founded in 1980 that speaks to international travelers who have an affinity for the Caribbean and beyond. The website showcases destinations, resorts, cruises, and recommendations by the Islands’ staff.

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