Fats, Oils and TT

TT is for "Tropical Traditions",

an amazing website!

(Pictured here is a container of an "everyday oil", see list of oils I use below.)


The recommendation for storing Fats, Oils and Butter is

from 13 - 30 lbs pppy

(per person per year).


See the different pound amounts recommended from:



See more discussion under topic "Basics of Storing Food" and then subtopic "Using Calculator Charts". Remember, the pound amounts for individual "suggestions" is just that (except where whole grains are concerned)... suggestions.

For example, if you don't like peanut butter or are allergic to it, then store "other" fats.
Store what your family likes, keeping in mind "optimum nutrition" of course and variety for nutrient benefits.

I'm not sure why there seems to be difference of opinion here. When that happens, I'll just go halfway and store about 22 lbs in the Fats/Oils category, then increase to the higher recommendation when budget allows. At least, that's a great goal and a "start"! If it is easy to store more, than do so by all means!


Oils are discussed in this topic.

Butter also falls under this "Fats" category (as does mayonnaise and peanut butter).
Having some "Butter Powder" is certainly a fabulous idea for adding flavor and HAPPINESS to your family meals! EE even offers it in the smaller cans (a 2.5 size) called "My Choice".

I would certainly suggest "Butter" over Margarine. Butter, although a fat, IS recognized and can be used by the body (because it is natural); just use less, if concerned about calories. Margarine is made up of hydrogenated oils and such, and has been through much processing. This puts much more stress on the body to assimilate and when it can't, it is stored with the potential as "toxic waste".

Storing "fats & oils" was always a problem for me

in thinking in terms of "long term" storage,

because "oils" don't last that long.


Finding www.tropicaltraditions.com has been a God-send to me angel because of their old-fashioned ways of preparing the oils, making it healthy whether being heated by us or not, and for their long lasting shelf life! An answer to a prayer, indeed!

I will refer to this www.tropicaltraditions.com site a number of times in these subject topics.

There are videos to watch and lots of material to read, on how they prepare theirs oils...STILL USING PRIMITIVE METHODS!

These oils DO NOT become saturated fats when heated at high temperatures. 

They DO NOT become hydrogenated fats no

...like typically prepared coconut oil would be. You’ll have to look at this site – it is amazing!  I also use some of their supplements in my morning smoothies. (Refer to topic "Favorite Things" for more info)

I would never cook or bake with Crisco personally because of the hydrogenation and unhealthy factor (I do use it on my hands to handle dough and roll dough on the counter though, see *below "In referring to Bread making").
So, whenever you see reference to “shortening” in recipes, I am using my TT shortening and oils!


If interested, I use the following 3 oils:
(4 if counting the CCC mentioned in #3 below, but it's really a "food", not an oil, but thought of in this general sense so I include it)

(1) “Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil” (EPCO) for everyday use (it is organic).
The "Pure" Coconut Oil is the same oil,  just not organic. I wouldn't worry about having this oil in the "organic" form though -- TT goes to great and careful lengths to make the purest oil ever.
Save money and buy the Pure Coconut Oil. These do not have the "coconut" taste or smell.

(2) “Palm Shortening” for my shortening (use in place of Crisco) devil, that little devil! Please don't put that stuff into your body! It'll cause and create "havoc"!
TT's Palm Shortening has no coconut taste and is not prone to rancidity.
Any “store bought", on American shelves "Palm shortening” is NOT FIT for human consumption in my opinion. It has been heated and prepared using chemical solvents surprise, which totally changes everything and is detrimental to the body! 

NOT AT ALL WHAT Tropical Tradition DOES!

The EPCO is so freshly prepared that just sitting on your counter it will be more "liquidy" in summer months and become more "solid" during cooler ones. I LOVE IT and love the health of it even more! 
I use it like any other oil.

You can melt it before adding to recipes or you don't have to either. I just scoop and add to the mixing bowl and blend as normal.  I add the EPCO to my pancake batter. If it doesn't blend into the batter well (meaning, if little bits don't blend out smoothly) and I pour it onto the griddle and "see" the little bits in the pancakes, it doesn't matter; it'll melt and blend in nicely and taste absolutely normal!

I use the Palm Shortening for pan frying - YES, FINALLY - can "fry" again without the detrimental health issues and without contributing to hardening arteries!
See NOTE on Palm Shortening below.


(3) "Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil" yes:
The "Green Label" Virgin Coconut Oil is similar and also has the taste and smell of coconuts. It is machine made, but NOT from copra.
The "Gold Label" Virgin Coconut Oil goes through a wet-milling process; a very pure and traditional way for obtaining the purest and healthiest oil.
I put a heaping tablespoon in my daily smoothie. There is no oil taste at all.

I alternate my Gold Label heaping tablespoon with a heaping tablespoon of CCC - Coconut Cream Concentrate (the whole coconut, a "food", not an oil). Read all about these fantastic oils on the TT site!

Quote from their site:
"Almost all "virgin" coconut oils sold on the market today are mass-produced by machine.
But Tropical Traditions is committed to time-honored traditional practices that have produced healthy coconut oil for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

Our Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is still produced by hand, using the wet-milling process of extracting the oil from fresh coconuts. Our producers have learned a lot of things over the years, since most of them have been producing this oil for over 9 years now. They have learned how to pick out the best coconuts from each harvest that produce the best quality oil, for example. Independent laboratory analysis shows this to be one of the highest quality coconut oils on the market, having the highest levels of antioxidants. This enhanced Virgin Coconut Oil is the Tropical Traditions Gold Label brand."

I cook with this oil, or add this, when wanting the "coconut taste". This is TT's top of the line oil!
I use this for my all over body and face moisturizer and to cleanse my face.
I also use it for deodorant and when going out in the sun.
I put 2-3 T of this in my daily smoothie, promoting excellent health and helps the body get rid of toxins!

** Order and read the book "Virgin Coconut Oil" offered on the TT website and see how these oils change lives and health! The book is referring to the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, but one will still receive the same benefits from the Green Label Virgin Oil and the Pure Coconut Oil, however the Gold Label yields the highest nutritional value.



There are skin patches for everything -- for helping to stop smoking, even birth control -- which means the substances in those patches ARE SOAKING INTO THE SKIN AND INTO THE BODY TO CAUSE SOME EFFECT! Meaning.......the products we put on our skin and on our faces are doing the same -- getting into the blood stream!!! Make sure it IS HEALTHY!!

None of their oils, even when heated, will turn into a hydrogenated fat!!!
In fact, this PURE "healthy" oil is excellent for the body, inside and out!
They have a cookbook singing its praises with lots of recipes too. The website itself, offers many recipes.

This GLVCO is so good for you smiley in so many ways!


*In referring to Bread making ~
I was using these oils on my hands to handle the dough and on the counter to roll the dough onto (to replace Crisco), but do not now because there may be “tiny bits” left in the oil, that didn't fully dissolve while doing this.

When rubbed with your fingers these tiny bits of oil all go back to a perfect liquid oil, but those “bits” if caught in my dough (and if I didn't feel or see to rub them smooth) will become "liquidy" later in cooking and may create a “moisture spot” which will become a “hole or cavity"; so I stick with Crisco for my hands and for greasing the counter to roll the dough out on.

Any tiny bits or bigger bits left in cake mixes, etc. cook up just fine; I only notice that it doesn't work well for bread.

By the way, those “bits” in the oil, if any are present, are the exact "proof of its purity" in preparation!! No heating and chemical solvents present in the product to make this not happen... we like to see this! Means it's PURE!


The following information is addressed in the “Substitutions” topic,
but here it is again for your convenience,
and your cooking needs:

Shortening is = to butter, but not to oil.

 2/3 cup oil is = to 1 cup shortening.

1/3 cup oil is = to ½ cup shortening.


The Palm Shortening (the 33 lb one) will come shipped to you in a heavy duty double wrapped brown packaging.
I buy a 5 gallon container from EE (Emergency Essentials, www.beprepared.com) and put the metalized liner in the container. I THEN scoop out all of the Palm Shortening and into this 5 gallon container and store with a gamma lid for easy access. 

I put some of these oils/shortening from these containers, in tupperware type containers to "work from".  I go back and forth to the main containers, refilling when needed....this does not lessen the shelf life of these oils/shortening.

They may tell you they have a shelf life of about 2 years on the website, but read some of the different University testings and research on that site...... they last much longer! I know from experience too.


EE NOTE ~ (from Emergency Essentials; www.beprepared.com)
EE does offer #10 cans of "Shortening Powder" (just add water) which is long term storage and will provide you with "oil" for an emergency situation. Just remember it is like Crisco, as far as "health" is concerned.


For help in calculating, here's the ratio of lbs/gallons as to how much Fats/Oils to store:

There are about 9 lbs in 1 gallon of oil and about 44 lbs in a 5 gallon container of oil.





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