Coconut Oil is known to many and used by many because it is loaded with a lot of benefits. Coconut oil can be used for different things and for everything it is used for, it has its own unique benefits. It is preferred to other oil because it is better and more beneficial than others.
Another benefit of coconut oil is you can easily make it yourself so you do not have to buy it. Though some people might prefer to buy it so as not to go through the stress of having to make it but making it yourself gives the guaranty that it is pure virgin coconut oil and it is not contaminated.
The next question on your mind will definitely be How do you make coconut oil? Coconut oil is easy to make. You can easily produce as much quantity as you want from the comfort of your kitchen.
There are different methods used in making coconut oil. The type of coconut oil sold at the store is made commercially. Making it commercially requires a lot of processing and refinements, that is why most coconut oil sold at the store are different from DIY coconut oil.
There are three methods used in producing homemade coconut oil.
1. Wetmill method
This method is pretty easy and straightforward and does not require a lot of equipment. All you need for this method is a fresh coconut and a food processor.
- Break the coconut and extract the coconut meat
- Cut the coconut meat into small pieces and put in the food processor to blend
- After blending it, put the blended mixture into a strainer and strain out the coconut liquid
- Leave the coconut liquid in a jar for as long as 24 hours
- After 24 hours, the milk will have separated from the oil
- Scoop the curd from the top of the oil and there you have it; Coconut oil!
2. Cold pressed method
This method requires dried coconut meat and not fresh one like the wetmill method.
- Get dried unsweetened coconut from the grocery store or put fresh coconut meat in a dehydrator for as long as 24 hours so it would be dry
- Put the dried coconut meat into a juicer to get the liquid, you might have to put it in the juicer more than once because it might not extract the liquid at once
- Keep the extracted liquid in a jar for 24 hours to allow it settle
- Store in a jar
3. Boiling Method
This method requires a burner, fresh coconut meat and a blender.
- Heat 4 cups of water to steam level
- Break the coconut and then extract the coconut meat
- Put the coconut meat into a grater and grate it
- Pour the grated coconut and the boiled water into a blender
- Make sure the water does not go beyond half of the blender
- Hold down the lid of the blender while blending
- Put the blended mixture into a strainer and extract the coconut liquid. Extract as much liquid as you can
- Put the extracted liquid into a pot and boil the liquid. Ensure you keep stirring the liquid while boiling it and note that it can take up to an hour to boil
- The liquid starts to get thicker and then you have your coconut oil
These methods listed above is for making virgin coconut oil. The coconut oil produced from these methods still retain the smell of coconut oil because it has not gone through any form of deodorization or bleaching.
It can be used for cooking, baking, for the skin, for the hair, as dietary supplements, and a lot of other things. It can be mixed with lemon to apply to your hair or you can mix it with your shampoo to wash your hair or use it to condition your hair.
Asides from the stress that comes with it, making your own coconut oil yourself has a lot of advantages because you are sure it is free from any type of contamination. Ensure to store your coconut oil in a warm place so it stays in a liquid form. Always store your coconut oil in a jar and ensure it is tightly sealed so as to avoid contamination.