I find Pesach baking a bit of a challenge, since I am not a fan of Passover margarine. At all.
Then two years ago, I discovered a game-changer: There are certain types of coconut oil that are kosher for Passover without a special KLP hechsher.
I first shared this with you last year, but it looks like the information is still good in 2014. In fact, the official word on coconut oil for Pesach
2013 2014 from the Webbe Rebbe is:
We have found that Organic Virgin* Coconut Oil from Spectrum when bearing the OU symbol is kosher for Pesach this year as well.
Note: Valid for Passover 2014 only.
As some of you may already know, you can substitute coconut oil for margarine in many recipes. But there are a few things you need to know:
- Coconut oil will turn to liquid when it’s very warm in your kitchen, but otherwise it’s a solid. It easily goes back and forth, so a bit of heat will melt it — or a few minutes in the fridge will turn it right back into a solid.
- I do a 1:1 conversion in most of my baked goods, including Pesach brownies and matzah crack. I add a tablespoon to the chocolate I melt for my chocolate-covered strawberries. And I even use it to fry up our matzah brie!
*As many of you probably already know, “virgin” means unrefined when it comes to coconut oil. So, look for the Unrefined or Crude label on your jar (it most likely won’t say Virgin).
Unrefined coconut oil does have more of a coconut-y flavor than refined oil. Now, I am not a big fan of coconut, but it doesn’t bother me in baking or cooking. It’s certainly better than KLP margarine!
I usually buy my Spectrum Coconut Oil at Whole Foods, but you can also get it at Amazon right now for $12.98, shipped. (Update: Sorry, it looks like it’s gone up to around $16-$18. I recommend looking for this locally, as it will probably be less expensive.)
Have you baked with coconut oil?
(Beyond what I’ve shared from the OU, if you have any questions about whether coconut oil is Kosher for Passover, please talk to your local rabbi.)