What is coconut oil?
Coconut oil is a liquid substance extracted from the meat of a mature coconut. Since it is a very stable substance with a long shelf life, it is used around the world as a safe, flavorful cooking oil, often substituting butter. Many believe coconut oil offers health benefits, such as boosting the body’s natural metabolism and immune mechanism. Although historically popular in tropical countries, millions of people throughout the Western world are including this versatile oil in their cooking regimens.
How long does coconut oil stay fresh?
Coconut oil has an average shelf life of approximately two years, making it one of the longest-lasting unrefined cooking oils available.
Should I refrigerate coconut oil after opening?
The decision of whether or not to store coconut oil in your refrigerator is based on your personal preference. If you choose to keep it in a pantry or cabinet, rest assured it will not spoil, even if it becomes a liquid. Storing coconut oil at room temperature does offer the advantage of easier scooping and spreading, however. We do suggest keeping our Pre-Measured Baking Sticks in the refrigerator for easy slicing.
Is my coconut oil supposed to be liquid?
Coconut oil has a melting point of 76˚ F. If you store it outside the refrigerator, it may turn into a liquid. However, coconut oil has a very high stability and doesn’t break down as easily as olive oil and other cooking oils. Regardless of how many times it transitions between solid and liquid states, coconut oil stays fresh and effective for an average shelf life of two years. Remember, you do not have to store your coconut oil in the refrigerator. In fact, we prefer to keep ours in the pantry to maintain a smooth, creamy texture that’s perfect for spreading.
Does coconut oil turn to a solid in my body after I consume it?
No. Coconut oil is liquid at 76˚ F and your core body temperature is 98˚ F. Because of the low melting point, coconut oil remains a liquid and is digested very quickly and easily. After it is absorbed into the bloodstream, the oil is broken down and converted into energy.
What does Kelapo stand for?
We credit our name, Kelapo, as a loose translation of “Coconut Tree” in the Malay language. ‘Kelapa’ being the word for coconut, and ‘Pokok’ the word for tree. Malaysia is home to tropical weather year-round, which makes for the perfect climate for coconut palms.
Is a coconut a nut or a fruit?
Coconuts are classified as fibrous, one-seeded drupes. A drupe is a fruit with a hard, stony covering enclosing the seed (similar to a peach or olive). Although a coconut does meet the official definition of a nut (a one-seeded fruit), it is not considered a true nut because its seeds are released when the fruit wall decays or is eaten.
How is coconut oil made?
There are two main techniques used to produce coconut oil:
Wet process: The fruit is removed from the husk, moistened with water, and then squeezed to produce a mixture of coconut milk and oil. The oil naturally separates from the milk within 12-24 hours. There are other methods that can be used (such as heating, cooling, or centrifugal force) to expedite the separation. The wet process is often used by those who make coconut oil at home.
Dry process: The coconut kernel is removed, shredded, and dried, after which a press is used to extract the virgin coconut oil.
Is coconut oil healthy?
Many nutritionists and chefs believe coconut oil to be a healthy alternative to butter and other fatty cooking additives. In countries that consume large amounts of coconut fruit, including the Philippines, India, and most Pacific islands, there are significantly fewer cases of high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and other common ailments associated with high fat consumption. Coconut oil has also been shown to boost metabolism, which may promote weight loss. Many devotees also claim the oil helps to raise energy levels, curb cravings for addictive substances, and alleviate allergy symptoms.
Another benefit of coconut oil lies in its high stability level. When stored in the proper environment, it can remain stable for many months, or even years. It can also be used as a nourishing skin cream or lotion.
How much should I take each day?
Most nutritionists recommend a daily dosage of three tablespoons. Coconut oil should be used as part of a healthy, balanced diet, which includes lots of fruits and vegetables!
How do you use coconut oil?
When cooking, coconut oil can be stirred into oatmeal, soups, and stews. For sauteing, heat coconut oil in a shallow pan for a few minutes and then add your favorite vegetables or use the hot oil to fry fish, potatoes, or chicken. Coconut oil can also be used in baking as a 1 to 1 replacement for butter or other oils. We suggest you heat the coconut oil first, and then measure the appropriate amount of oil called for by the recipe. Lastly, for those energy junkies, try coconut oil as an ingredient in your next fruit or protein smoothie.
What are the benefits of using coconut oil?
One of the best benefits of coconut oil is that it is a naturally occurring food that generations of people have used in their daily diets. Coconut oil is not a new fad, trend, or something cooked up in a lab somewhere. Americans used coconut oil regularly before the start of World War II. When availability in the States became scarce, they switched to other oils and the popularity of coconut oil waned. In recent years, there has been a surge in the demand for coconut oil, as much research is being done on plant based essential fatty acids. Virgin coconut oil is trans fat free, vegetarian, and tastes like coconuts!
What’s the difference between coconut oil, coconut milk, and coconut water?
Coconut water is harvested by cracking open young, immature coconuts. The liquid that easily comes from the center of the nut is sweet and ready to drink as coconut water.
As a coconut matures, the coconut water leads to the formation of meat on the inside of the coconut walls. This is the familiar picture of a coconut most Americans recognize. There is very little coconut water left at maturation and the little bit that is has lost its nice taste.
Coconut milk is a thick, creamy liquid extracted from the grated meat of the coconut. When coconut milk is settled, coconut cream rises to the top and is easily removed. There are two types of coconut milk: thick and thin.
Coconut oil is extracted through drying the coconut meat, shredding the meat, adding a bit of water, and then using a cold expeller press to collect the oil. This is the common and preferred way to extract virgin coconut oil. Other methods include refining the oil, but we only use unrefined coconut oil.
What’s the difference between the coconut oil movie theaters use and Kelapo Coconut Oil?
Our Kelapo Coconut Oil is extracted from only the most exclusive coconut palms in Sri Lanka, resulting in an organic, vegetarian oil that can be used as an all-natural, flavorful butter alternative. The coconut oil found in movie theaters is a refined form of coconut oil and has additional additives, like beta carotene. For an all-natural, healthy oil it’s best to use our unrefined virgin coconut oil.
Are your coconut softgels suitable for vegetarians and vegans?
Yes, we use a special softgel called V-gel®, which uses no animal products. With other brands, the coconut oil might be vegan, but the softgel capsules often contain bovine products. We had our Kelapo™ Coconut Oil Softgels vegetarian approved by The Vegetarian Society. www.vegsoc.org.
Can coconut oil be used as a hair conditioner?
Yes, people use coconut oil as a conditioner for their hair. It can also be used as a soothing, aromatic substitute for skin cream or lotion.