I have found there is very little you can't use coconut oil for when oil or butter is called for in a recipe. Home made mayonnaise and spreading it on toast would probably be the two main exceptions I can think of. I use it in cakes, cookies and slices. I add it to smoothies. I pan fry meat, fish, chicken in it; use it to brown off meat for curries and stir fries; cook eggs in it; and smother my roast veges in it so they crisp up beautifully. If you've found any other ways to use it, I'd love to hear about it in the comments!
So without further ado, here's a few comments on a few brands of Coconut Oil, generously supplied to me by Shop Naturally. All can be purchased there, and while you're at it, if you spend over $30 on groceries, you get a discount on my book!
I had my family all try each of these raw on a spoon to get a sense of overall flavour and the strength of the flavour, and I've also been cooking with them. The following are simply opinions based on the responses of friends and family, and my own experience. I am not endorsing any specific product, nor have I been paid to do so.
Now, there is some debate about whether purified/deoderised/refined coconut oils are safe to consume. Some brands use bleaches and chemical solvents, or even partially hydrogenate the oil to remove the distinctive flavour and odor of the oil, to make it more palatable. But, according to the Honest to Goodness website: "Unlike other deodorised coconut oils on the market which use excessive heat and chemical solvents, there are no chemicals or additives used in this product."
Honest to Goodness also have a raw/ non-purifed version that is nice that I personally buy in 5 litre containers from my food Co-op, and it's very cost effective! The biggest downside to this brand is that it comes in a plastic tubs rather than glass.
BUT!! You can buy this brand (Coconut Magic) in a 5 litre tub! So, if you want a raw oil that tastes pretty good and you can afford the outlay of a large tub that will ultimately save you money, this may be a great option!!
So, that's it. I hope this gives you some useful pointers. If you liked this review, you might also want to check out my Raw Cacao Powder Review.