Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil at Costco: Product Review

While most of my Costco reviews tend to be glowing, this one will not. It will be tempered by sadness and disappointment. I’m a big fan of trying new things, and by and large, this is an attitude that has served me well, both for food and in my life in general. I was happy to find Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil at a severe discount at my local Costco; I believe the selling price was $4.97 (maybe a dollar more or less), and the original price was about $15, if memory serves. Thank God I didn’t do like I did with the grilled mushrooms and buy 8 jars!

Suzie's Organic Red Palm Oil

Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil

According to Dr. Oz and many other specialists, the wonders of virgin, organic red palm oil cannot be discounted; in fact, red palm oil looks like the Second Coming. That being said, some other people take into account the massive deforestation that takes place to satiate the world’s red palm oil appetite, and it’s not pretty.

Whether you believe the nutritional benefits of red palm oil, or think it’s just another gimmick being pushed by unscrupulous charlatans is up to you. The only thing I can share is that my jar of Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil, a product of Ecuador, tasted so disgusting that I threw it away after taking the picture above.

Suzie's Organic Red Palm Oil Nutrition Facts

Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil Nutrition Facts

I know that all oils come with an expiration date, even if said date is not printed on the container. The red palm oil I got is so rancid and disgusting I can’t use it for anything.

Now, just to be clear, I’ve never had virgin red palm oil before, except of course in just about every processed meal I’ve ever eaten. But I’ve never had it just like that, a big spoonful to cook in, like margarine.

Imagine my surprise when the time came to start cooking! I put a spoonful in the pan, and waited for it to get hot, only to find a unpleasant odor emanating from the oil! I had no idea what to expect, so I used the oil a few times after that, but I came to the conclusion that at the very least, my jar or Organic Red Palm Oil was super rancid.

I didn’t leave it out in the sun, I stored it according to the specifications on the box, in a cool, dry place, and it was like that the day I brought it back from Costco.

I know that Costco has an incredible return policy, and they would have happily taken it back, but I would have felt bad returning something I used and only paid a few dollars for, so to the garbage it goes. It’s really unfortunate that I got a bad jar; red palm oil seems like something that I would enjoy, and Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil, at Costco’s ridiculously low bargain price, seemed like a great deal. If it comes back, and goes on liquidation again, maybe I’ll give it another try, and go for a non-rancid jar this time.

2 thoughts on “Suzie’s Organic Red Palm Oil at Costco: Product Review

  1. John B

    I bought the same set of jars from Costco and look just like yours.

    I can very much say that I have been pleased with the product.
    Its smell is as natural as it can and should be, the product label did say it is unrefined-which is what I prefer.

    I continue to use it as my cooking oil till this day (Oct. 2015). It is in its natural state. I know this because I have been partly involved in the process of making palm oil in another country.
    Not all farm products smell nice in their unrefined state, yet that doesn’t compromise their usefulness. Try to perceive the smell of unrefined shea butter versus the refined/perfumed ones you find in walmart!

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    1. admin Post author

      Hey John,

      I’m sure the jar you bought is fine, and I love unrefined products. That being said, I know rancid when I smell it, it this one was *very* rancid. I just didn’t want to believe that something I got at Costco would be ruined straight off the shelf!

      Best regards!

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