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A company I love and order from as needed for many baking and cooking ingredients is Wildly Organic (formerly Wilderness Family Naturals). (This post contains affiliate links that will benefit me.)
I have been ordering from Wildly Organic for several years and have always been happy with the quality of their products. I first ordered their coconut oil, because I was impressed with the choices they had and their prices. I was not disappointed with the coconut oil I purchased and have used this oil most of the time since then. I usually order a 5 gallon bucket and will share with friends, although this last time I kept the whole bucket myself and have just taken some months to use it.
Wildly Organics sells several different coconut oils, depending on what your goals and desires are. ” By using a variety of processing methods, we offer organic coconut oils with a range of characteristics and flavors. Our Centrifuge-Extracted Virgin Coconut Oil is a raw product with a smooth, light coconut taste that melts in your mouth — a favorite of those who like eating coconut oil off the spoon. Our Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil is also produced using minimal heat and has a stronger coconut taste. Our Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil is a great alternative for those who want the benefits of coconut oil without the flavor or scent of coconut.” I have most often used the expeller-pressed coconut oil because it is a cheaper price and does not have the scent of coconut. Since one of my uses for coconut oil is to make personal care products, I don’t always want the coconut smell to come through. And it does have all the benefits of the other coconut oils.
Another product I buy regularly is the red palm oil. Red Palm Oil is a great alternative to shortening and it is dairy free, so for those who need a good alternative to butter (if dairy free) or shortening (hydrogenated oils) in baking, the palm oil works really well. It is a bit different at first because it is so red and it will color your batter a yellowish-red color but other than that the taste is absolutely delicious and the baked goods come out lovely. (Our favorite comfort food here is a chicken potpie that uses almond flour and palm oil in the crust.) One of the concerns with palm oil is the sustainability of the rain forests where the oil is harvested. WFN has gone to great lengths to find a source in Malaysia where the oil is sustainably produced. They explain on their site.
“It is important to us that the oil palms used for the production of our Red Palm Oil come from an ecology-based company whose plantations have been in existence for many, many years, where they are not slashing and burning the Jungle to create more plantations. At the company we purchase from, the rain forest around them remains intact and no new rain forest is being destroyed. This company has won a number of awards for their environmental consciousness and they have been at the forefront of changing the practices of palm oil producers around the world. All the Red Palm Oil sold at Wilderness Family Naturals is RSPO certified by the company we purchase from, which also happens to be a founding member of this organization.” (Source)
The other product I have bought and enjoyed is their cacao. I have used their cacao butter and their hot chocolate mix, both with great satisfaction. The hot chocolate mix has only 3 ingredients-cacao powder, coconut sugar, and coconut milk, so again it is dairy free and very clean ingredients, unlike the typical hot chocolate mix from most stores. And my kids really enjoyed it and drank it up quickly, maybe too quickly. The cacao butter was great for making my own chocolates. Again it is a very healthy choice, so I don’t feel guilty about eating chocolate. They explain, “Our raw Cacao Butter is unrefined and has never been exposed to chemicals. It is not roasted or exposed to high heat. It still retains the light taste of chocolate and is a cream color. Use it to make your own chocolates, or use it in baking.” (Source)
Wildly Organic also sells many other products, some of which I have not tried yet. They sell gluten free flours, including almond, coconut, and tapoica flours and a gluten free blend, all organic of course. They also sell a large number of different organic nuts and seeds, which be purchased raw, or soaked and dried. There are also various teas, beauty products, popcorn, rice and grains, salt, natural sweeteners, and a few more categories. Because of the products that I have bought in the past, I am confident that anything I would buy from Wildly Organic is of top quality and is sustainably produced and sold.
Price can still be an obstacle for many of us when we want this level of quality. Wildly Organic has worked hard to make their products affordable to the regular person. They offer sales on occasion, including a 15% off sale going on in May 2017 at the time of the writing of this post. They recently opened a wholesale option for customers which has been great because I got some friends together and was able to get 1 gallon buckets of coconut oil for $35, which is excellent for organic coconut oil. And shipping is free if you spend over $125 or a flat $10 if you spend less. They work hard to make their products available to regular folks like us, who have to be careful about how much we spend.