So sorry I’ve been MIA for a bit! But now I’m back!!
Part 1 in my series on Coconut Oil is all about getting to know it and how to cook with it!
Here are 5 facts to know when using coconut oil:
1. When buying coconut oil, you should be buying virgin, unrefined, coconut oil (or if you’re outside of Canada, you’ll want the Extra virgin). Unrefined has a stronger coconut flavour (although I personally don’t find it that strong) but if you don’t like that you can get refined. Just be aware that some refined oils have been processed and bleached.
2. At room temperature, coconut oil is a solid. When heated up it becomes a liquid but if left to cool it will become a solid again. It’s melting point is 76 degrees Fahrenheit, so even just holding a bit in your hands can cause it to melt. (For storing: you can leave it in the refrigerator if you’d like but I leave mine in the cupboard.) To melt it, you can place it in the microwave (although some people will scream bloody murder if you do – the jury is still out on whether microwaving it is bad or not though), or you can place it in a small bowl and place that bowl in a bigger bowl full of very hot water and stir until it’s melted. (Just be sure your bowl can take the heat…)
3. Coconut oil can take high heat (unlike olive oil, for example, that is best used at low heat otherwise it burns and ruins its properties).
4. It can replace other oils, shortenings and butter at a 1:1 ratio. Because of this it is often used in vegan baking since it can replace butter.
5. Coconut oil has a very long shelf life (approximately 2 years – although the way I go through it, I’d be lucky if it lasted a month!).
Examples of using coconut oil: On toast instead of butter, in smoothies or tea, on popcorn, in stir-fry, used to make vegan frosting, etc.
I should mention that while coconut oil is very beneficial, many say that you should only consumer 2-3 tablespoons of it a day… So although it is easy to, don’t go overboard!
This isn’t as long of a post as I intended but I do hope it was helpful! Keep an eye out for part 2!