How to Store Coconut Oil and Other FAQs

how to store coconut oil

How to store coconut oil….

Refrigeration Not Required

How to store coconut oil is the question we receive most often. Coconut oil is shelf stable and does not require refrigeration for normal use. In fact, coconut oil has one of the longest shelf lives of any cooking oil on the market. Refrigeration is suggested if an opened jar will not be consumed within maybe 60 days. Be aware that refrigerated coconut oil becomes very solid and difficult to scoop from the jar. Remove the container from the refrigerator, and allow the oil to reach room temperature for ease of use. You can also place the jar in a bowl of warm water until it returns to it’s clear liquid state. See microwaving below.

Can I Freeze It?

Coconut oil can be frozen for long-term storage but should be transferred to a freezer-safe container first. Here’s a free coconut oil hack. For a premeasured amount, you might try measuring some in liquid form into an ice cube tray and freezing it. Pop the frozen cubes out and into an airtight container. When you need that tablespoon of oil for baking or sauteing, just grab a cube. It’s also super handy in case of a burn you might get while cooking. You get the soothing cold along with the healing powers of the oil.

Can I “Nuke” it in the microwave?

Sure, its up to you.  We took the time to protect the coconut oil from heat but depending on what you plan to do with it, microwaving can be just fine. If you plan to cook with the oil (which is an awesome idea) then microwaving is fine. Just use a lower power setting so it doesn’t superheat some areas while leaving other parts still solid. If you are planning on using the coconut oil in things that are cold like a fruit smoothie, then maybe don’t microwave to warm it up. The lauric acid can handle the heat but some of the other the other nutrients don’t fare so well.

Is it Liquid or Solid?

It’s you choice of how to store coconut oil, on the counter, refrigerator or even the freezer. The short answer is yes, it’s both both liquid and solid. Coconut oil will be a solid when the temperature of the oil is below about 74 degrees fahrenheit and a liquid when above 74 degrees fahrenheit.  If you store it on the counter so it’s handy, it’s likely to be a liquid depending on the temperature of your house.  Need it solid for making pastries? If it’s in liquid form, take the approximate amount you need and put it in a small dish and put it in the refrigerator for a few minutes. It will quickly turn pure white and solid. Back and forth from a solid white to a clear liquid. It’s like magic.

Why is coconut oil considered healthy, I thought it was a saturated fat?

Coconut oil is a saturated fat, and all balanced diets should limit the amount of saturated fat. However, coconut oil is a medium chain triglyceride which is considered to be a beneficial fat. It’s a bit technical and if you browse our site, you will find more detailed information. Always look for a truly cold processed coconut oil and surely not the RBD refined, bleached deodorized types. True MCT oils? They typically are heavily processed at high heat. Surely not a pure and natural choice. We suggest using coconut oil instead of animal-based fats which contain cholesterol. As a plant-based fat, coconut oil is naturally cholesterol-free. Our true cold processing methods prevent the generation of trans-fats. Trans-fats are now considered unhealthier than saturated fat. Coconut oil is also high in lauric acid and medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), both of which have been found to fight disease and promote wellness.

Is your coconut oil packed in glass?

Yes, absolutely. It costs a bit more for a few reasons but we feel that staying away from plastics in any form is the safest thing to do. Our soon to arrive DIY facial scrub kit will be packed in plastic jars because glass in the bathroom doesn’t sound like a great idea. Besides, while you can eat it, the intended use is for the face and skin.

What is the difference in Cold-Processed/ANH, Refined/RBD and Unrefined Oil?

Cold Pressed

Oil that is cold processed and Absolutely No Heat (ANH) processed retains its monoglycerides and natural antioxidants such as vitamin C, A and E and other micro-nutrients. These important vitamins not only provide nutrition, they are natural preservative that help keep coconut oil stable for a long period of time. Coco Treasure Organics uses truly no-heat methods for processing our precious organic oil. Others claim no heat, we are the real deal.

RBD – Refined, Bleached and Deodorized – No Way

Refined coconut oil is extracted from dried coconut meat and is put through a high-heat bleaching and deodorizing process to remove the natural aroma and flavor of coconuts. You wouldn’t really want to know what beyond the natural coconut smell and taste they are hoping to remove. Chemical preservatives are then added to prolong shelf life. Refined coconut oil may be partially hydrogenated and contain trans-fats

Raw or Unrefined

Unrefined coconut oil is also referred to as “virgin” oil. The unrefined coconut oil is forced with pressure from the coconuts but without the use of high heat, bleaching or additives. Unrefined coconut oil retains the pleasant, light flavor and taste of fresh coconuts. Coco Treasure Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is the rawest of raw, the unrefinedest (new word) of unrefined and the best of the best.

The Coco Treasure Organics Difference

At Coco Treasure Organics we hate the heat. Our Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is truly natural, unrefined, chemical free and ANH processed (Absolutely No Heat). The normal processing of coconut oil either involves added heat or heat is a by product in processing. Using only the freshest coconut, we gently coax the oil from from the pure white meat. Then we take the oil for a spin to separate the oil from the water. We stop the heat dead in it’s tracks using a proprietary chiller and then purify it with a pharmaceutical grade filtration system. If you prefer a purest, most natural product rich with its delicious tropical flavor and micro-nutrients intact there is no question that our coconut oil is the best. BTW, we pack it in glass to keep you pure.

Where does coconut sugar come from?

Coco Treasure Organics Coconut Sugar is the crystallized sap of the coconut tree. Each day our farmers climb to the tops of the coconut palm trees to carefully harvest the precious golden nectar of the exotic blossoms. It contains no chemicals or added flavors. We hand-craft small batches using traditional methods to ensure our product is superior to mass-produced alternatives. Our unique toasting method gives the sugar a golden color and a lightly caramelized aroma. Unlike cane sugar, coconut sugar offers trace amounts of vitamin C, potassium, calcium and other essential minerals. It is also a natural source of phytonutrients—nutritional compounds important for building a strong immune system. Coco Treasure Organics Coconut Sugar ranks only 35 on the glycemic index, second to agave syrup. Use it as a replacement for white sugar in all your baking and daily needs.

What is coconut flour and how should I use it?

Coco Treasure’s Organic Coconut Flour is made from the dried, ground meat of hand-picked, organically grown coconuts. We produce our flour in small batches to maintain the highest quality. Coconut flour is gluten-free, high in fiber and low in digestible carbohydrates. Coconut flour is absorbent and, for best results in baking, requires an equal ratio of flour-to-liquid. Visit our “Recipes and Blog” sections for more ideas on using coconut flour.

Where can I order Coco Treasure Organics products?

Life should be about choice and we aim to please. You can shop right here on this site or you can find us on Amazon. We prefer you buy right here, it would be lonely without you. Our shipping is fast and reliable since Amazon handles our fulfillment. Also, we are an Amazon Exclusive’s brand and have the same great products here. We also give you the ability to “Pay with Amazon”, another Coco Treasure Organics benefit. This allows you to pay using all your payment options on Amazon and to use your shipping addresses you have saved in your Amazon account.