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Any ideas for how to clarify soy lecithin from a coconut oil shortening?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 14, 2012 at 5:57 AM

I'm a coconut oil fiend who is bitterly disappointed that my favourite product has been pulled from the shelf. Ok, I really like the other oils too, but they are all very expensive and, well, I'm cheap.

Sooo, I have resorted to investigating some of the contents of the shortenings at my local supermarket here in Kiwiland and discovered (probably common knowledge) that Kremelta vegetable shortening is just coconut oil. And soy lecithin. Naturally, I'll avoid the soy. It is, however around 1/3 the price of a jar of the good oil and, as I said before, I'm cheap.

Hence I'm asking y'all, are there any food techs out there who might have a handy way of dealing to this bad boy so that I once again gorge myself on pure goodness?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 14, 2012
at 09:32 PM

We just holiday for the winter near the plant (2 hr.) and take enough home for the 6 months we are in Canada plus some for family.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 14, 2012
at 06:58 PM

Oh, well. Live and learn. :-))

Ac3751b80964b5bcb5e13bf043b4ce88

on January 14, 2012
at 06:36 PM

It seems that everything is imported, either by the barrel or in jars. I might have to get into the importing game!

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6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on January 14, 2012
at 07:11 AM

Mate, just bite the bullet and buy the bloody coconut oil. The paleo way is about eating as natural as possible. NOT processing food even more. Stop being a tight arse!!!

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Ac3751b80964b5bcb5e13bf043b4ce88

on January 14, 2012
at 06:54 PM

thanks guys. i've just realized the stupidity of my question. assumed that lecithin was a protein that could be removed in the same way that casein can be from butter to make ghee. and we all know what "assume" does. if i did my homework before asking i would have known it is a hydrolysed oil. I would think, therefore, it would be problematic to attempt to differentiate it entirely from a mix of oils.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 14, 2012
at 06:58 PM

Oh, well. Live and learn. :-))

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Cf4576cbcc44fc7f2294135609bce9e5

on January 14, 2012
at 05:20 PM

why bother its has to be mostly soy oil any way

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 14, 2012
at 05:16 PM

Does New Zealand have coconut farms/processing plants? If so, go to the source (processing plant) and buy direct. It is SO much cheaper than retail- I buy coconut oil from a plant in Tecoman Mexico.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 14, 2012
at 09:32 PM

We just holiday for the winter near the plant (2 hr.) and take enough home for the 6 months we are in Canada plus some for family.

Ac3751b80964b5bcb5e13bf043b4ce88

on January 14, 2012
at 06:36 PM

It seems that everything is imported, either by the barrel or in jars. I might have to get into the importing game!

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 14, 2012
at 07:39 PM

Ask yourself whether or not a small amount soy lecithin is realistically going to cause health problems? Are you sensitive to soy? It might not be optimal, but it might just be good enough!

Gooooooooooo, pragmatic paleo!

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