Coconut oil stands up beautifully to high heat. Its smoke point is adequate for every type of cooking, except deep frying. You can use coconut oil in place of butter, shortening and oil in most (if not all) of your baking.
The donated jars we use to package for coconut oil are hand washed with unscented organic Castile soap.
Our bulk coconut oil comes from sustainable producers in the Philippines and each batch is tested and held to the highest EU standards of Certified Organic purity. No chemical solvents or lye are used in the extraction or refining of the coconut oil.
Expeller pressed coconut oil is a high quality coconut oil. It is made by mechanical pressing and contains no solvents or chemicals. This oil is not hydrogenated and contains no trans fats and no additives or GMOs. In addition, because this oil is expeller pressed and refined, it does not contain a coconut taste, but has a neutral flavor.
This quality cooking oil is high in lauric acid and other medium chain fatty acids. Lauric acid becomes 2-monolauren in the stomach.
The basic refining process for flavorless coconut oil goes like this: The expeller-pressed organic coconut oil is treated with citric acid which removes impurities and trace metal ions and gums. The degummed oil is then bleached using activated carbon and filtered to remove any particulates. Finally, the deodorizing step uses steam to remove things like free fatty acids and peroxides as well as aromatic compounds. So the oil retains its nutritional value while losing its coconutty flavor.
Proponents claim that coconut oil can boost metabolism and help you lose weight, brighten your teeth, and strengthen immunity. Coconut oil can also positively affect our hormones, improving thyroid function and insulin use within the body. It improves digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
Coconut oil is also a tremendously popular ingredient in body balms, beauty treatments, anti-aging creams, and even hair care products because of its ability to lock in moisture without the use of petroleum-based ingredients or chemicals.
Unlike most vegetable oils, coconut oil is solid at room temperature. However, it will begin to liquefy quickly at 76 F so if you're in a warmer location, coconut oil may likely be liquid unless refrigerated.
Remember, coconut oil will solidify if added to cold ingredients so it's best to make sure all ingredients in the recipe are at room temperature before adding coconut oil.
10 Other uses for coconut oil:
Moisturizing Lotion: Coconut oil delivers a refreshing, healing, burst of moisture that penetrates your skin and works to truly heal it (not just soak in and dry up). It can feel oily at first, but give it a minute and it will dry beautifully. A little goes a long way.
Hair Conditioner: Use it on your entire scalp/head for deep conditioning, or just use on your ends, where it's the hardest for the body's natural oils to reach, and where the most breakage occurs.
Coffee Creamer/Booster: Replace your routine cream and sugar with a spoonful of coconut oil. It sweetens just a tad, and adds a healthy energy boost that will keep you mentally and physically alert.
Bath Oil: Soften your bath water and your skin, and enjoy the pleasant aroma with a bit of coconut oil in your bath water.
Rash Soother: Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial when it comes to rashes, bug bites and other skin irritations. It'll reduce swelling and help take the edge off the itching.
For Dog Allergies and Canine Skin Problems: From the inside out, coconut oil can help nourish the dry, irritated, or inflames skin or coat. It won't cure your dog of his/her allergies, but it does help reduce the itching. Just melt and pour over your dog's dinner.
Constipation Relief: Take a tablespoon of coconut oil every morning on an empty stomach to keep your digestive track running smoothly. It'll also give you a nice, healthy boost of energy.
Nail & Cuticle Treatment: While there is a plethora of store-bought solutions for ragged cuticles and broken nails, they are typically over-priced and filled with weird ingredients. Coconut oil is better. Rub a little into your cuticles and over/around your nails to help smooth out flaws and encourage healthy growth.
Diaper Cream: With its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral actions, plus its soothing and moisturizing benefits, it makes the ideal "DIY" diaper cream.
Wood Polish: Most commercial wood polishes coat surfaces in a slick layer of synthetic chemicals, which makes the wood all sleek and shiny... for a little while. Coconut oil, on the other hand, sinks into the wood and keeps it looking natural and healthy.