Before we get our down to business and start cooking, let us first start with a simple piece about coconut oil for cooking.
It is really good to know that many of us are going back or choosing a healthier lifestyle, going on healthier diets and choosing healthier foods. With the preservative-loaded foods today, we are more prone to diseases and illnesses.
Island Coco Recipes is no expert, but we make sure you are aware which foods are healthy, which ingredients are nutritious, and which recipes are delicious.
When you visit a health store, there are so many foods and items that claim to be nutritious for us. But there is one thing in particular that has called our attention—coconut and coconut products, particularly unrefined coconut oil.
A close friend of ours walked up to us one day, she said, “Hey, I bought a jar of coconut oil, but how do I use it? Can I use it for cooking?”
Of course! This versatile oil is quite awesome really. Many people have been raving about how great it is for hair care, skin care, curing illnesses, even for pets! But people are often skeptical about using coconut oil for cooking because it might affect the taste or it might have some smell. In reality, coconut oil is great for cooking, baking, or frying. You can even use it as a substitute for butter.
Coconut Oil is solid at room temperature and will only begin to liquefy at 76 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a high smoking point of 350 degrees Fahrenheit which is optimal for almost all cooking.
QUICK TIPS WHEN USING COCONUT OIL FOR COOKING
Let Island Coco Recipes give you some tips on how to use coconut oil for cooking.
You can melt coconut oil and pour it into ice cube trays. Refrigerate it until it solidifies. Pop the coconut oil cubes and store in an airtight container. You can store it in the fridge, and keep them handy for whenever you need to start cooking.
The best way to melt coconut oil is to heat it over a saucepan. Make sure to use low heat. Remember that coconut oil starts to liquefy at 76 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keeping a jar of coconut oil on our stove is a good idea. You can use the melted or liquefied coconut oil for baking and not have to use a pan to melt the oil.
Coconut oil can be used in place of butter or shortening when baking. Just remember, coconut oil will solidify when added to cold ingredients, so it is best to make sure all ingredients are at room temperature before adding coconut oil.
We personally prefer extra virgin coconut oil, but if you do not like the taste, you can use expeller pressed coconut oil instead. Always use Refined Coconut Oil that has not been processed with chemical solvents.
We hope these tips have helped you in using coconut oil for cooking.