I'm doing the Whole30, which includes going 30 days without any dairy, even butter and cream. Currently I'm using coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil as added fats, but those don't go so well with some dishes, for example fried liver and sauerkraut. Is there any kind of fat that would have a milder taste than olive/coconut oil and be healthy, dairy-free, and convenient to use?
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Lard, which should not have a taste.
(grass-fed) Ghee is given the 'this is good' nod at http://whole9life.com/2010/11/butter/ whole9 but is discouraged during the whole30 reset rush.
I also adore coconut oil (organic) and Organic Palm Oil from Tropical Traditions.
life without butter or ghee just aint worth living
Nitrite free bacon fat for me too!!
I tend to use bacon drippings for that sort of thing, is there a reason why that is not ok?
Coconut milk is a great thing to cook with for sautees. It has a pretty mild flavor, and will take on the flavor of whatever you're cooking it with. I love cooking chopped up chicken, pork blade steak, or ground beef with a bunch of veggies and coconut milk. The coconut milk makes a great sauce to dip stuff in! Delicious!
Look for kidney fat -- it's pretty much all saturated (and thus great for cooking).
My choice of coconut oil is Nutiva available from Amazon. But if I want a no taste saturated fat oil, I use Medium Chain Triglyceride Oil from Now Brands (MCT Oil) It also remains a liquid down to 35 degrees F...unlike coconut oil that goes to a liquid at 76 degrees F. It is 100% saturated fat. http://www.swansonvitamins.com/NWF331/ItemDetail?n=0
Regarding lard...in your market there is a lard on the shelves... brand name Sno Cap, I think. It is a hydrogenated fat that is not what one wants. You only want fat straight from the fat of a hog...either rendered or unrendered....with no hydrogen molecule attached to the fat molecule to stabilize it.
In my whole 30 class Melissa and Dallas recommended Avocado Oil and it is great! We have been doing the Whole 30 for twenty days or so and my wife, who is very picky and does not like Coconut Oil has totally approved of everything that I have prepared in Avocado Oil. It is a little pricey, but it can be used for high heat and it is extremely mild, almost no taste at all.
You can make your own tallow fairly easily. Get ahold of some grass fed beef fat and render it at a low heat.
Stuff is delicious and the Omega-3:6 fat ratio is, I believe, near 1:2. Not bad at all.
I found this stuff recently at whole foods and really like the flavor.
So if a recipe calls for butter then, avocado oil is a decent substitute? Im looking to cook some pheasant in a crock pot and the closest recipe that I can find that works with the 30 day challenge calls for butter. Just wanted to make sure before I ruin my bird!
Oh, I'm loving coconut milk, cream, and oil, the milk and cream are a great milk substitute, and the oil can be cooked with. :)
I love virgin coconut oil - it was instrumental in helping me survive a restricted diet resulting from a bunch of digestive disorders. It regulated my whacked out blood sugar and was supportive in the healing process. I am a believer! There is one butter substitute on the market that features virgin coconut oil as the first ingredient - “Melt” is the only butter substitute I eat – it’s really rich and creamy, organic with a great oil blend, and doesn’t have artificial colors, weird chemicals, or garbage oils. It’s the real deal for great taste and optimal nutrition in dietary fat and it works quite well for cooking and baking - one for one for butter. You can check them out at www.meltbutteryspread.com. It does have a small amount of butter in it, but its all organic.
+1 for a high quality extra vergine coconut fat. i use it all the time for everything, and it smells ans tastes DELICIOUS. however, if you don't like the coconut smell/taste, you can buy desodorated coconut fat (this is usually the cheaper "cooking" kind of coconut fat) - just be sure it's the unhardened variety (if it get's liquid at 25°C, it's unhardened and not hydrogenated, and therefore does not contain transfats). butter, even organic grass fed is NOT an option if you're sensitive to the dairy proteins like me. butter still hast 1% milk proteins.
I'm on day 5 of dairy free, nightshade free, egg free, seed and nut free and have been using avocado oil when coconut or olive will not do. (didn't even think of bacon fat!) But I would be using tallow if I had that, hoping to find a local source soon.
Tallow and Coconut oil are great substitutes.
Even though I am almost fully dairy free I use butter. The only caveat is that I only use 100% pastured, raw butter. As Robb Wolf said, if you're eating grass fed butter, eat as much as you want. Just my $.02