April 29, 2013

My Latest Trader Joe’s Find: Coconut Oil Spray

Every time I drop a dollop of coconut oil onto my pan, wait for it to melt, then use a pastry brush to evenly and ever-so-thinly apply it on the pan’s surface, I wonder: “Why don’t they make coconut oil spray?”

Then I remind myself that coconut oil solidifies below 24 C (76 F), and that must be the reason why it doesn’t work as a spray.

But on my last trip to Trader Joe’s, my heart skipped and fluttered when I saw this:

Trader Joe's Coconut Oil Spray

Of course, my first worry was what they mixed with the coconut oil to create this fantastic product. The ingredients are: mechanically-pressed, refined organic coconut oil, soy lecithin, natural flavors, propellant (no chlorofluorocarbons). Contains: Coconut and soy

I’m glad it’s a short list, but I’m concerned about two things.

First, it’s refined coconut oil, which means some of what makes coconut oil so amazing has been removed 🙁

My second concern is the added so-called “natural flavors.” First they strip the oil of its flavor and scent, and then they add it back? I wonder where these flavors come from exactly.

That said, I’m glad the propellant doesn’t include CFCs, which are bad for the ozone.

I used the coconut oil spray for the first time this morning. It sprayed lightly and overall was very pleasant. I’m definitely replacing my canola oil spray with this.

Have you tried Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil Spray? If so, how do you like it?

PS: Another bonus, this product is made with coconuts that are just like me: grown in the Philippines!

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Alexis Rodrigo