The hard facts: how to soften your coconut oil

June 7, 2018 6:15 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Coconut oil solidifies below 18C, meaning that the lovely slippery liquid you were planning to use might be more of a hard block for much of the year in the UK. It doesn’t turn straight into a rock-solid lump, unless it gets really cold. But nevertheless, it might become sufficiently granular to make it hard to scoop out of the jar.

We show you how to soften your coconut oil.

Help – my coconut oil has solidified!

Don’t worry!

Don’t worry about the hardness of your oil: the solidification process is entirely natural and actually works in your favour, extending the life of the product. Some people like to keep a large jar in their fridge, decanting just a few scoops into a smaller container for use in cooking or as a cosmetic. As a little goes a very long way, this ensures that the oil in the larger jar stays fresh for as long as possible.

However, if you want to ‘melt’ your oil, we’re pleased to say that it’s really easy! Try these methods.

  • For cosmetic use, scrape off just a little with a fingernail or a teaspoon, then warm it gently between your palms. Unless it’s really cold, the oil should immediately start to soften. You can then use the oil on your skin, hair, nails or teeth as desired.
  • If you’re cooking with the oil, a lump of it in a frying pan or saucepan will melt down easily over a moderate heat. For measuring purposes, a tablespoon of oil is the equivalent of about 13g in solid weight.
  • If you’re planning to use the oil ‘raw’, however, then resist the temptation to heat it directly. Our coconut oils, which are produced by cold-pressing, retain the maximum nutrients: to make the most of this, avoid applying direct heat. Instead, place the oil near to a radiator, in an airing-cupboard, or in a small bowl over a larger bowl of hot water, to loosen it gently.

What if it’s too runny?

Coconut oil is liquid at 24C, so many people find the opposite problem occurs in summer! Here, the obvious solution is to keep the oil in the fridge until it’s needed.

Liquid or solid, this is one of those products that we just can’t praise highly enough: gorgeous to look at, wonderful to slather all over your skin and hair, fabulous to cook with, and ideal for those on gluten-free or vegan diets.

Click here to see all the coconut oil we stock.

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