Coconut oil does not go bad just after the production, as long as any pollutant gets near it. According to an estimate, it takes two to 4 years after it is produced to get expired. Coconut oil is fats in saturated form. Coconut oil is converted to energy very conveniently to energy by our body, as compared to other kinds of fats. Coconut oil has many different uses in our life. It is very useful in treatments of various kinds of skin diseases.
It is also considered very efficient in facial makeup. Nutritionists have highly recommended coconut oil for the purpose of enhancing the facial beauty and treatment of different kinds of skin diseases. However, in some cases, coconut oil changes its texture and smell. If it happens, and it had been for a long time with you after its production, then it’s expired.
How long does coconut oil last?
Generally, coconut oils are of two types, refined coconut oil and virgin coconut oil. Both types have different life spans. Refined oil lasts for a very short period of time, as compared to virgin coconut oil. There is also a difference between the nutrition of both types of coconut oils. Virgin coconut oil is more nutritious than refined coconut oil.
Refined coconut oil usually lasts for two to three months after it is produced, while that of virgin coconut oil has a longer life, almost four years. But this doesn’t actually mean that virgin coconut oil does not expire before reaching four years. It is just an estimate and the actual time for virgin coconut oil to get expired mostly depends upon the container in which it is placed and the environmental conditions i.e. refrigerator etc.
How to store coconut oil?
Coconut oil should be properly stored to avoid it become rancid and unusable. You might be wondering about how to store coconut oil and where it can be stored? Generally, there is no exact place where you can store coconut oil. You can store it in the refrigerator or outside the refrigerator. That depends upon your own preferences. But keeping it inside the refrigerator will solidify the coconut, oil keeping it fresher for a longer time. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees Fahrenheit. So it can be very easily converted to liquid form.
How to melt coconut oil
Coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees Fahrenheit or 24-degree centigrade. Due to this high melting point, it can be easily melted even in room temperature. However, in some cases, if it is refrigerated, it may take some time to melt coconut oil. But if you want it to happens fast, here are some methods for you.
By heating the coconut oil
It is the simplest method that can be used to melt the coconut oil. Firstly, take some water in a pot. Keep the pot along with water on the stove and let it get some heat. After some time, submerge the coconut oil along with the container in that water. Wait for about ninety seconds and you will convert the coconut oil from solid to liquid, ready to use. Make sure you put something on the container containing the coconut oil so that the container is fully submerged in the warm water.
Melting of coconut oil using microwave
Another method that can be used to melt the coconut oil is using a microwave for this purpose. Take the coconut oil and use a spoon to put the coconut oil in a dish. Keep the dish along with the coconut oil in the microwave for about ten to twenty seconds.
Both of the methods, described above are very effective to melt the coconut oil. Due to the high melting point, generally, coconut oil doesn’t need to be melted. As they convert from solid into a liquid by themselves without heating. But if you want some quick results you can use the methods given above.
How to make coconut oil?
You can make coconut oil very easily at home using different methods. We will share some of those methods here in the article.
Preparation of coconut oil using a food processor
This technique is very simple to make coconut oil at your home. First of all, cut the coconuts in their centres. The more the number of coconuts, the more we will prepare the coconut oil. Now remove the flesh that is present between the centre of coconut. After you have removed the flesh, cut it using a knife in lots of small pieces. In the next step blend the coconut oil with some amount of added water using a food processor for a while. The flesh will be converted into the oil with some impurities. Now separate the impurities and oil by using a filter. For best results, refrigerate after the process is finished.
Preparation of coconut oil through the boiling method
This method can also be used for the preparation of coconut oil. In this method, some amount of water is taken in a container and heated. After it gets heated, the flesh of coconut is blended in the food processor along with some water for some time, just as the method given above. But after blending the coconut flesh in the food processor it is boiled until the water evaporates and the coconut oil remains in the container. This method is very much effective in the preparation of coconut oil.
Generally, the life span of coconut oil is as long that it doesn’t go bad very quickly or easily. Mostly it occurs in some exceptional cases when some impurities get inside the coconut oil. But most of the time it doesn’t happen. The two different kinds of coconut oil have a different life span. Mostly coconut oil can be useful for a time of four to five years. Depending upon the expiry date that is usually mentioned on the pack. Using the above two methods you can also prepare coconut oil in your homes, very easily. You can try any of the methods.