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Mar 14, 2013 10:23 AM

Favorite brand of unrefined (virgin or extra virgin) coconut oil - with minimal flavor?

I am currently using Spectrum virgin coconut oil consistently with a few things like vegetables rarely and popcorn mostly. However, I'd love to use it for other preparations without imparting the coconut flavor. Does a good brand of unrefined coconut oil exist with minimal flavor?

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  1. I've used Nutiva, Spectrum, and Trader Joe's. They all are coconutty. I think it's probably a given with unrefined oils. And, of course as you know, sadly, refining it to remove the scent/flavor makes it much less good for you.

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    1. re: Violatp

      Yea, I really wanted to roast some asparagus and also sautee lemon herb shrimp but I feared it would throw off the dish. Do you find it's too powerful? Mostly I've used it in sweets like brownies with occasional use for popcorn which is great, but I fear the flavor contribution to savory dishes which aren't intended to have that coconut hint.

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        It could be just me, but yeah, I basically only use it when I want that coconut taste. Curries, Thai style soups, and smoothies are my main uses.

        For my taste, I wouldn't use it with lemon/herb flavors, but would use it with say, lemongrass & chilis.

        1. re: fldhkybnva

          Coconut oil is used in a LOT of curries and other savory dishes in Sri Lanka and India. In fact, in Sri Lanka, it's the preferred oil. (India varies a lot more, regionally, for type of oil/fat used.)

          I cook a lot more than just Sri Lankan curries, and what oil I use will depend on the dish and whether or not the coconut flavour will go with it. But even in Sri Lankan curries, the coconut flavour isn't in your face. It's very subtle.