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What foods and spices pair well with red palm oil?

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Created January 28, 2012 at 12:59 AM

I've never used or eaten any red palm oil but ended up ordering a quart of it via Amazon today. (Impulse buy!) I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to food, but I really don't know where to start with working something like this. Any spices or foods it works particularly well with?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 28, 2012
at 09:42 PM

Thanks for the tip on the Bahian cuisine, all sorts of ideas now from Googling.

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on January 28, 2012
at 05:37 PM

Omni brand - Sourced from Ghana. Doesn't necessarily say it's organic, but I'm not willing to pay 400% more for an organic label, particularly when the organic designation is simply based upon the "honors system".

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on January 28, 2012
at 05:37 PM

Omni brand - Sourced from Ghana. Doesn't necessarily say it's organic, but I'm not willing to be 400% more for an organic label, particularly when the organic designation is simply based upon the "honors system".

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on January 28, 2012
at 05:20 PM

I guess I need to reevaluate where I buy my RPO. I've been paying $25 for 16 oz. at Trop traditions and a liter would cost $50 or more. Do you think that difference in price is due to the source (i.e. SE Asia v West Africa)?

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$11 bucks for a liter is what I paid. That's not too bad. Coconut oil is more expensive.

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Pork and plantains are some of my favorites. Sounds like Red Palm oil will be a good match.

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I could only find your eggs on Chowstalker yesterday when I was searching, I had seen that bread before though. The soup sounds tasty, thanks!

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at 04:46 AM

Thanks Eric! @ Rogue Nutritionist, I feel like that pulled pork recipe is just about foolproof, I'm glad you and your family like it!

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Looks nice FED!

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on January 28, 2012
at 02:37 AM

I just made your pulled pork with coconut water again...so tasty and simple, my whole family digs it...

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on January 28, 2012
at 06:15 AM

Ginger, chili, garlic, lime juice, coriander leaf.

Check out Brazilian recipes from the state of Bahia that call for "dend??", which is red palm oil. Dishes like moqueca de peixe (fish stew in palm oil and coconut cream) are fantastic and easily adapted to Paleo ingredients. Bahians use dend?? as a condiment because it's strongly flavoured, so that's another option.

One easy African thing that's nice is this: mince up a couple of tablespoons worth of ginger, a clove or two of garlic, some dried chili or cayenne, and some lemon juice and salt, and toss it through chunks of raw plantain. Let it sit for a while so the flavours get into the plantain. Then fry the plantain in red palm oil. NOM.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 28, 2012
at 09:42 PM

Thanks for the tip on the Bahian cuisine, all sorts of ideas now from Googling.

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on January 28, 2012
at 01:51 AM

I like cooking eggs (fried or scrambled in RPO)...

what-foods-and-spices-pair-well-with-red-palm-oil?

(full recipe here)

I've also made a tasty coconut flour bread with RPO...

what-foods-and-spices-pair-well-with-red-palm-oil?

(full recipe here)

And RPO (in addition to coconut oil) was what I used to make the sofrito for this pulled pork and plantain soup...

what-foods-and-spices-pair-well-with-red-palm-oil?

(full recipe here)

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on January 28, 2012
at 04:46 AM

Thanks Eric! @ Rogue Nutritionist, I feel like that pulled pork recipe is just about foolproof, I'm glad you and your family like it!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on January 28, 2012
at 02:24 PM

I could only find your eggs on Chowstalker yesterday when I was searching, I had seen that bread before though. The soup sounds tasty, thanks!

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on January 28, 2012
at 02:37 AM

I just made your pulled pork with coconut water again...so tasty and simple, my whole family digs it...

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on January 28, 2012
at 03:09 AM

Looks nice FED!

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on January 28, 2012
at 03:04 PM

Red palm oil has a strong and unusual flavor that, for me, only works well with a limited number of seasonings: curry powder, ginger, cayenne/habanero, and lemon/lime.

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on January 28, 2012
at 02:41 AM

I have only played with it a little, but what came out deliciously was thinly sliced plantains fried in rpo then sprinkled with sea salt and served with guacamole alongside FED's pulled pork...yummm...

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 28, 2012
at 02:25 PM

Pork and plantains are some of my favorites. Sounds like Red Palm oil will be a good match.

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on January 28, 2012
at 02:28 AM

traditional African cooking uses red palm oil (i think), so you could start there, here are a few African cooking links;
http://www.congocookbook.com/recipe_indexes/red_palm_oil.html
http://www.africancooking.org/
http://www.whats4eats.com/africa/nigeria-cuisine

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4164a77c7ccf4839ec7f1e665d27cc6d

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on January 28, 2012
at 01:13 AM

A quart of palm oil is a pretty penny. I have really enjoyed the taste of ground beef, and even shrimp (which I typically cook in coconut oil) that I have cooked with the Red Palm Oil. The shrimp actually came out orange and because they were baby shrimp the final product looked like a bowl of macaroni and cheese.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 28, 2012
at 05:37 PM

Omni brand - Sourced from Ghana. Doesn't necessarily say it's organic, but I'm not willing to pay 400% more for an organic label, particularly when the organic designation is simply based upon the "honors system".

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on January 28, 2012
at 02:29 PM

$11 bucks for a liter is what I paid. That's not too bad. Coconut oil is more expensive.

4164a77c7ccf4839ec7f1e665d27cc6d

(1085)

on January 28, 2012
at 05:20 PM

I guess I need to reevaluate where I buy my RPO. I've been paying $25 for 16 oz. at Trop traditions and a liter would cost $50 or more. Do you think that difference in price is due to the source (i.e. SE Asia v West Africa)?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on January 28, 2012
at 05:37 PM

Omni brand - Sourced from Ghana. Doesn't necessarily say it's organic, but I'm not willing to be 400% more for an organic label, particularly when the organic designation is simply based upon the "honors system".

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on January 28, 2012
at 03:51 PM

RPO has quite a bit of funk to it. I pair with strong flavors: collards, sweet potato, ground beef. Turmeric goes pretty well, so does unsmoked paprika. I find some sweet flavor and another either strong or bitter flavor makes it blend in best.

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on January 28, 2012
at 03:04 AM

If you eat it uncooked with your egg yolks or salmon it will help protect the PUFAs.

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