I was given the opportunity to try a brand of coconut oil by a company called Thorbury Larder with their product RawCo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Coconut oil has been in the news more and more in recent times and with all the health benefits that it has this doesn’t surprise me.
RawCo is a 100% raw cold-pressed coconut oil which originates in the Philippines, Thornbury Larder only provide this product at the moment but the name suggests that perhaps they could be open to offer different products in the future.
This coconut oil is an extra virgin oil which means that it’s a better quality oil to its counter-part the RBD (Refined, bleached, deodorised) coconut oil and has been cold-pressed to ensure all the flavours and goodness from the coconut are retained. If you’re like me and like to recycle then even the packaging means a lot, so I was pleased to see that this oil came in a handy glass jar that I could use again.
When I first opened the jar I was expecting to be have that full on coconut oil smell attack my nostrils with full force like I have noticed with some coconut oil products but with RawCo I was pleasantly surprised. It was a delicate soft coconut smell that tickled my senses and allowed my mind to start wondering about the taste and texture. I couldn’t resist I grabbed my spoon and dug straight in pulling out a healthy dollop of this oil, I placed the spoon in my mouth and instantly the oil began to melt around my tongue (as you can probably tell by this point, I’m a lover of coconut oil). This means a lot to me as I also practice oil pulling so having a good quality oil that I can use and not have difficulty swishing around my mouth is ideal.
After I had finished enjoying the oil my thoughts went back to the jar itself and the packaging, now I know normally that this would be the first thing to catch your eye but when you’re as excited as I was to try a new coconut oil that part kind of slipped my mind. The design of the label is straight forward enough with information on the side of the jar about the product and the standard nutrition facts on the other side. The logo is plain and simple and easily recognisable if I were to look for it in a local shop. I like the colour choice that Thornbury Larder have used but that might be because my favourite colour is green, but then again I’m sure it would look a bit odd if it were bright pink. The label itself however felt waxy and dare I say it, a bit cheap, now I’m no label expert but there’s just something about it that I found quite odd.
As I have mentioned before I practice oil pulling and I did use this product for that reason which worked perfectly well, I also used it in my cooking which gave off that wonderful coconut aroma throughout my house but I only used it as a cooking oil alternative I didn’t try it any other recipes.
Thornbury Larder have used it in a variety of different recipes and one of which you can read on their blog is their gluten and grain free carrot cake muffins. The main use for this coconut oil like the others that I use is for my bulletproof coffee in the morning, along with my kerrygold butter I also add a tablespoon of this into my morning wakeup call and it melted just as quick in my coffee as it did in my mouth so thumbs up on that part as well.
Now the all-important part, the price, you can bar a jar of RawCo coconut oil for £9.95 from either their site, Amazon or eBay. Now I know what you’re probably thinking, £9.95? I can get it for under a fiver from ASDA, well that may be so but if you do some online shopping you will see that a majority of coconut oils are priced about the same so this is about average I would say in terms of price.
What I would say though is the jar comes in at 470ml at this price but I think for it to be more of a competitor to the other products on the market it would be nice to see this as a 500ml jar for the same price. Once thing that Thornbury Larder do that makes this price worth it is the fact that they provide free delivery of their product, happy days, so that makes up for the missing 30ml I suppose.
If you want to see more of what RawCO is up to then check out the links below:
I suppose the ultimate question is - would I buy this product again? Yes! It tastes great, the overall quality of the product is good and I am able re-use the jar I would definitely stock up on this Paleo kitchen staple.