Coconut Oil – Part1: Cooking

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!

 
Cheers,

Rhi!

My Journey with Coconut Oil (Intro)

This is an introduction to a series of posts I will be writing all about coconut oil!

For a long time now I’ve read many blogs and articles about the uses and benefits of coconut oil. However, despite all the talk I can’t help but wonder if it’s really that amazing. Instead of just wondering and leaving it at that, I’ve decided to test it out myself! The list of its supposed uses is extremely lengthy so I won’t be able to try all of them but I shall tackle some of the more popular ones.

Here are some of the uses I will be discussing in this series.
Using it:

  • in cooking and baking
  • on your hair 
  • on you skin
  • dental care 

Although only four points, they can (and will be) expanded further.
I am in no way an expert, simply a somewhat adventurous gal looking for answers and healthier options! So I hope you will all join me as I explore the world of coconut oil! (Feel free to leave comments and questions too!)

Cheers,
Rhi