Cooking with Coconut Oil

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Can you Cook with Coconut Oil?

If by any chance you have heard that coconut oil is bad for you because of its high saturated fat content, you need to read about the health benefits of organic, virgin coconut oil. Not only will it lower your bad cholesterol, but it can help towards your weight loss efforts.

Coconut oil is the healthiest fat to cook with, and you can replace almost any oil in any recipe with coconut oil. In fact, I only keep two oils in my kitchen, coconut oil, and olive oil. I have three coconut oil salad dressing recipes that I use too. 

Adding healthy coconut products to these all-time favorites have been a lifesaver for us. With the combined nutritive properties of the coconut, you are guaranteed a healthier meal every time. These recipes are quick to make, easy to follow, healthy and most importantly – they can be modified to suit even the pickiest eater.

Interesting Facts and Tips about
Cooking with Coconut Oil

  • Coconut oil is solid at room temperature. It starts to melt at 25 °C (76°F).
  • You do not need to keep your coconut oil in the refrigerator, even if it is hot and it melts. It is resistant to oxidation, so it's entirely up to you.
  • The shelf life of coconut oil is two years!

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Coconut Oil Smoke Point

One of the most significant benefits of cooking with coconut oil is that it has a high smoke point; this makes it the best oil for all types of cooking methods, even deep frying.

Coconut oil is the healthiest oil to use for deep frying. When deep frying with coconut oil, it is advised to use refined oil, which has a smoke point of 450°F.

Unrefined coconut has a lower smoke point of 350°F. Use unrefined “virgin” coconut oil for all your other cooking as it is pure and contains no additives. Unrefined coconut oil also has a beautiful “coco-nutty” flavor.

Why cook with an oil that has a high smoke point?

When fat is heated past its smoke point, it will begin to break down and release free radicals. Free radicals are not good for your health.

Why worry about free radicals?

Free radicals attack DNA, which can ultimately lead to cancer. Free radicals also attack collagen and lipids that keep the skin firm, leading to dry skin and aggressive aging.

Also, as the fat breaks down and degrades, it will start to produce gasses that easily ignite. Not a good idea in the kitchen!

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Making Cooking with Coconut Oil Easier

  • To save yourself some time, you can warm your entire jar of coconut oil over low heat and put the oil into molds; this way when you need a piece of coconut oil you do not need to chop at it, you pop a coconut block out and use. You can keep them in or out of the refrigerator.
  • If you are baking with coconut oil, you will need to warm the oil first. You can use it instead of butter or shortening too. 

An alternative to coconut oil would be coconut butter, which contains some of the coconut flesh too; making it more nutrient dense. You can make your own coconut butter.  Coconut butter is fantastic on toast!

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A Few Coconut Oil Recipes you Might Enjoy

Other coconut oil cooking ideas

  • Fry your stir fry in coconut oil, honey and seasoning of choice.
  • Pop your popcorn in coconut oil.
  • Use coconut oil instead of butter in mashed potatoes. (my kids love this)
  • Make your own healthy mayonnaise
  • Make coconut chia balls for an energy boost. 

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