What's your favorite thing to do with coconut oil?
We just picked up our first jar of the stuff. I feel like it's been in the natural/health/organic community for ages and we're just now getting around to buying some for ourselves. I've seen it a lot if fancy recipes, vegan stuff and if I do I disregard since we never owned any. I always thought it cost way to much for me to even think about buying. Why would I spend $13 on a jar of something I may only use once? That is the thought of many yet to be cooking enthusiasts in general though.
I finally decided to take the plunge when I saw it for $6 at Trader Joe's. Gah could that place be anymore awesome!? I swear it gets better and more awesome every time I go. Forget 'whole paycheck' Whole Foods I'd spend my whole paycheck (if I got one) at Trader Joe's these days. Sorry Whole Foods I love you too - you're more a long term goal of being able to spend my whole paycheck there.
So now... uh what do I do with it? Do I stir it or mix it? We tried it once when making stir fry just as oil in the pan to cook the veggies. It melts crazy fast!! We weren't sure how much to use - is it 1:1 ratio equivalent of olive oil or butter? Besides heating the pan what should I be doing with it? Spreading it on toast? Baking with it? Eating on top of chocolate (may have tried that - it's like a mounds bar!)? But really if I wanted a homemade mounds bar I'd just have used straight coconut flakes - not the oil. Also what's up with the virgin aspect of it? I've done a little research on it and it has some great health benefits so I want to give it a chance.