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Coconut Oil

jpc8015 May 7, 2013 02:09 AM

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

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    tzurriz May 7, 2013 04:55 AM

    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).

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      Hobbert May 7, 2013 04:58 AM

      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
        magiesmom May 7, 2013 06:20 AM

        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.

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          Hobbert May 7, 2013 06:27 AM

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

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        Val May 7, 2013 06:16 AM

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

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          jpc8015 May 7, 2013 07:00 AM

          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
            greygarious May 7, 2013 08:22 AM

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


            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. Becca Porter May 7, 2013 10:39 AM

            Popcorn! Also chocolate shell for ice cream...

            1. fldhkybnva May 7, 2013 04:01 PM

              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
                greygarious May 8, 2013 12:08 PM

                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.

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                  fldhkybnva May 8, 2013 12:37 PM

                  You are correct, I mispoke.

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                jarona May 7, 2013 04:28 PM

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

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                  chefj May 8, 2013 04:30 PM

                  All over South India too!

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                  jenhen2 May 8, 2013 02:10 PM

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

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                    Pataloi May 8, 2013 02:24 PM

                    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.

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                      Pataloi May 8, 2013 02:27 PM

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

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