Lightly aromatic, coconut oil has become increasingly popular both as a culinary ingredient and a beauty product. Properly stored, it can last up to two years. Because it has a low melting point, coconut oil should be stored in cool places, away from light. Always use clean utensils to stir the oil and check it periodically to make sure the product is still in good condition. Coconut oil can be used as a substitute for cooking oil or butter in your favorite recipes or added to homemade skin masks.
Part 1 of 3: Choosing a place to store oil
Step 1. Store coconut oil in a dark container
If the coconut oil came in a small bottle or a clear pot, transfer it to a dark container to protect it from light. Then place it in a dark corner of the kitchen or cupboard so it doesn't get out in the sun.
Avoid storing oil in reactive metal containers. These materials can make coconut oil taste bad
Step 2. Store coconut oil in a cool, dry place
Leave the oil in the kitchen cupboard or any other cool, dry space. The ideal is to find a corner with temperatures below 25 °C so that the oil does not melt. This happens quite often, as coconut oil has a very low melting point. However, you don't need to worry: the melt does not cause any damage to the oil.
Avoid, for example, storing oil in the bathroom, even if you are intending to use it as a beauty product. Bathroom temperature varies widely and can add moisture to the oil. Also avoid storing coconut oil in the attic or garage
Step 3. Cool the oil to make it firmer
If the coconut oil melts and you want to return it to a solid state before, refrigerate it for a few hours until it reaches the desired consistency.
You can also store the oil in the refrigerator. However, remember that it will be completely solid
Step 4. Keep the oil at a constant temperature
Do not heat and refrigerate coconut oil several times. This can cause it to spoil faster. Instead, choose a unique location or temperature to store it.
Don't worry if the oil melts on its way from the market to your home. Just put it in the fridge to secure it a little, then move it to the cupboard
Part 2 of 3: Extending Oil Shelf Life
Step 1. Close the container tightly
Even if you choose not to pour the oil into a dark bottle or pot, choose a container with a snug lid. Tighten or screw the cap tight so that oxygen does not spoil the oil.
If the coconut oil pot takes a long time to run out, try transferring the product to a smaller container after you've used half of it. This will reduce the amount of oxygen in contact with the oil
Step 2. Use clean, dry utensils to catch the oil
Whenever using coconut oil, make sure the spoon, measuring cup, or knife you picked up is completely dry. Damp or dirty utensils can transfer bacteria to the oil, which can cause it to spoil more quickly.
Step 3. After a few months, take a look at the oil
Coconut oil can be stored for several years. Therefore, it is very important to watch out for signs of mold or rancidity. Monthly or every two months, take a good look at the oil. Throw it away if you notice any of the signs below:
- An unpleasant smell.
- A yellowish tinge.
- Green or brownish specks of mold.
- A coarse or chiseled texture.
Part 3 of 3: Using coconut oil
Step 1. Cook and brown food with coconut oil
Swap the vegetable or cooking oil for a few tablespoons of coconut oil. Just melt a little of the oil in a skillet to prepare your favorite meats and vegetables. You can also add the melted oil to a mashed potato or sweet potato.
- Avoid leaving coconut oil near the stove when cooking. The heat from the stove can melt the oil.
- Coconut oil will leave your recipes with a slight tropical taste.
Step 2. Prepare baked dishes with coconut oil
Replace butter or cooking oil with coconut oil when cooking a recipe. The oil can be used in the preparation of cookies, cakes, cookies and muffins, among other delights.
Coconut oil is sometimes sold in a bar, which makes it much easier to measure and cut. Take a look at the refrigerator section of the market and let the bar soften at room temperature before using it in the kitchen
Step 3. Use coconut oil in homemade beauty products
For a simple beauty treatment, heat the oil on the palms of your hands, rubbing them, and rub it into your hair. Then rinse to leave the strands luminous and with a healthier look. You can also use coconut oil in place of moisturizer if your skin is dry.
- If you use coconut oil as a cosmetic on a daily basis, it might be a good idea to transfer some of the product to a smaller container. The small pot can be kept in the bathroom as long as it is used in less than a week.
- Mix coconut oil with essential oils to create lip balms and ointments.
Step 4. Fry food with coconut oil
Instead of using peanut, canola, or vegetable oil, heat a pot of coconut oil and use it to fry a variety of foods. You can prepare, for example, fried potatoes, chicken and fish with the product.
- Coconut oil can be reused after it has cooled down. After a few uses, however, it should be thrown away.
- Remember to keep the pot away from the pan so that the remaining oil doesn't melt.