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!
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.
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.