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?
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?
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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?
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?
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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?
The Hemsley Sisters via Vita Coco
CAKES AND BROWNIES
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.
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.
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From a white farmhouse loaf to pumpkin bread – coconut oil can be used in everything.
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?
Yep. It’s a fantastic skin moisturiser and makes a deep conditioning hair mask, too.