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Coconut Oil

My wife bought a big tub of coconut oil. What can I do with it?

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  1. Cook with it in the same way you would use any solid state fat (when it is solid - below 76F), or any oil when it is liquid (above 76F).

    1. Just use it like any oil or butter but be aware that it will give a light coconut flavoring to what to cook.

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      1. re: Hobbert

        it may or may not depending on whether it is refined or not. If refined, no coconut flavor.

        btw, there are lots of coconut oil threads here for ideas.

        1. re: magiesmom

          Interesting. Refining often involves chemicals so I stick to unrefined. Good to know, thanks.

      2. It is also a great skin moisturizer...no chemicals and lovely aroma.

        1. Can I cook under extreme heat? Would it work for a stir fry or is the smoke point too low?

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          1. re: jpc8015

            Virgin organic's smoke point is 350F. Refined coconut oil has a higher smoke point but is less healthy.

            http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/din...&

            Virgin organic coconut oil has a mild coconut aroma and taste, apparently varying somewhat by brand. Search this board, and General Topics, for the many threads on coconut oil.

          2. Popcorn! Also chocolate shell for ice cream...

            1. I use the unrefined coconut oil so I use it often but only in dishes which I don't want to have a coconut-y flavor. I use it to saute in most Asian-style dishes which include sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, etc. I also use it for popcorn. And, I love it as a general moisturizer both for hair and skin. It has a high smoking point so is also good for high heat methods such as searing, etc. I don't use it as often as other oils due to the flavor so it lasts a while.

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              1. re: fldhkybnva

                Your post contradicts itself. Unrefined (virgin) CO smokes at 350F and does have a coconut flavor, in contrast to what you claim in your first sentence.

              2. I put it in my hair. It makes it nice and shiny and silky!

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                1. It's great for a carrot cake recipe - just sub out the oil. Nice, tropical flavor. I love it!

                  1. Yes, use it just like another fat that's solid at room temperature. It's great as a second fat to butter in a pie crust. It has a semi-high smoke point but I often use it to stir-fry. No, refined coconut oil has no coconut flavor whatsoever.

                    1. PS: Also great to rub into your dog's or cat's fur if they're prone to matting. Veterinarian approved!