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Posted On: 01 June, 2017

How to use coconut oil: the complete life guide


If you think coconut oil is a fad, think again. This isn’t kale. It’s not having ‘a moment’. It’s a thing, and it’s here to stay. The buzz is that it’s brilliant. Gwyneth Paltrow, the Hemsley sisters, Miranda Kerr and (whisper it) Kylie Jenner are raving about it. Here’s what you need to know about how to use coconut oil…
 

WHAT IS COCONUT OIL?

Pot of coconut oil surrounded by coconuts

It is oil that’s extracted from the kernel of matured coconuts which are harvested from the coconut palm tree. It is 100% coconut oil, cold-pressed and put in a pot. That’s it. Pure and simple. When cold it is white and soft to the touch – a bit like lard or butter, but smells of coconut (thank goodness).
 
HOW DO I USE COCONUT OIL IN COOKING?

Coconut-Oil_Spoon
via Vita Coco

You can use it in place of any fat or oil in most recipes. Coconut oil is high in saturated fats, so should be eaten in moderation. Obviously it’s dairy-free, so perfect for vegetarians/vegans or those looking to tick that oh-so-now food trend box.

HOW DO I STORE IT?

Jars of nuts in cupboard

Tip: it’s best kept sealed, at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. It will solidify once the outside temperature goes below 23°C. Doesn’t take much to make it melt.
When using coconut oil for cooking, it’s best to warm it until it becomes liquid.
If using as a beauty product for your hair or body, it’s best used in its solid form.
 
HOW DO I USE COCONUT OIL?

Pot of coconut oil surrounded by coconuts
Via @vccononutoiluk Instagram

Easy peasy. It’s a perfect addition to your kitchen and beauty cupboard. Say what? Yep. You really can use coconut oil as an oil and fat substitute in cooking and it is a perfect hair and skin moisturiser.
Just make sure you have one pot for the kitchen and one pot for the your beauty cupboard!
 
WHAT CAN I COOK WITH IT?

Hemsley and Hemsley using coconut oil to cook with
The Hemsley Sisters via Vita Coco

CAKES AND BROWNIES 

cake topped with a frosting made of coconut oil and vanilla

Coconut oil is a fantastic substitute for butter (hello vegetarian and vegan cooks) and works a treat in pretty much any cake recipes. Try one of these.
 
STIR FRIES 

Vegetable Stir Fry Cooked With Coconut Oil

It’s a perfect base oil for stir fries because it has a really high smoking point (350°F) allowing you to get your wok properly hot.

SMOOTHIES 

Beetrot Cinnamon Breakfast Smoothie
via Vita Coco

Try this wonderful recipe for a beetroot and cinnamon breakfast smoothie from the Hemsley sisters.

BREAD


Coconut oil pumpkin bread

From a white farmhouse loaf to pumpkin bread – coconut oil can be used in everything.
Blogger GimmeSomeOven used coconut oil in this recipe for coconut pumpkin bread.
 
BISCUITS 

Coconut oil biscuits

Try these 3 ingredient coconut oil biscuits also courtesy of GimmeSomeOven. Just three ingredients- tasty and easy.
 
The list is endless … if the recipe says you need any kind of oil, you can replace it with coconut oil.

CAN YOU REALLY USE IT IN YOUR HAIR AND ON YOUR SKIN?

Girl Emerging From Water

Yep. It’s a fantastic skin moisturiser and makes a deep conditioning hair mask, too.


Lunch, Smoothie, Snack, Dinner, Lifestyle, Coconut Oil

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