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Coconut Oil Storage Question

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 08, 2011 at 8:49 PM

I bought some coconut oil for the first time the other day, and while the label says to store it in a cool dark place, I'm in a relatively warm climate with no air conditioning. As a result, while I'm able to store the oil in a dark place, it often gets warm enough in the late afternoon to liquify. The oil solidifies again after dark, and I'm naturally wondering if this almost daily process is damaging the quality of the oil within the time it'll take me to finish consuming it (probably no more than a couple weeks).

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on June 09, 2011
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BPA free ice cube trays?

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on June 08, 2011
at 11:16 PM

GREAT idea! I'll be using this one.

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on June 08, 2011
at 09:11 PM

Nah, coconut oil will turn to liquid at 76 degrees. One of its good properties among many is that it is stable up to plus or minus 450 degrees and turns rock solid in the fridge.

Coconut oil faqs. http://www.coconut-connections.com/faqs.htm#4

In tropical climes, it is liquid all the time.

Make sure you buy virgin coconut oil as it is the best quality. I understand some less quality does break down sooner under heat.

I use Nativas 54oz for about $22 from either vitacost.com or swansonsvitamins.com

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on June 08, 2011
at 09:27 PM

As long as you use it up in a reasonable time, it's no problem. It going from solid to liquid doesn't effect the fatty acids negatively. Same with butter. Safe at warm temps, but can go rancid eventually, and will go rancid in higher temps more quickly.

I have to keep mine out even when it's hot, because if I put it in the fridge it's rock-hard and damages my kitchen implements when I try to get some out for cooking. Never had a problem.

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on June 08, 2011
at 09:43 PM

I pour mine into an ice cube tray which is kept in the fridge. I get perfect 1-oz portions.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 09, 2011
at 06:32 PM

BPA free ice cube trays?

Medium avatar

(4878)

on June 08, 2011
at 11:16 PM

GREAT idea! I'll be using this one.

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on June 09, 2011
at 01:14 AM

I keep it in the fridge and use a heavy metal spoon to scoop out what I need. As long as you keep it in a small jar, scooping out what I need is not a problem. I buy a large container but pour what I need in a small jar that I keep in the fridge.

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on June 08, 2011
at 09:40 PM

Mine is frequently liquid on the counter. Don't have any proof one way or the other, but it's never bothered me.

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on June 09, 2011
at 06:03 AM

I keep mine in the cabnet above my stove, one in my bedroom next to my end table, and one in the bathorrm on the shelf. None of these places has caused me any problem. But then again I go through the jars FAST!

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on June 09, 2011
at 02:42 AM

Just as an FYI...Tropical Traditions (if you like them on FB you get all the scoop about their sales) has awesome coconut oil...virgin, organic..etc. I bought 2 gallons for 65.00 which for high quality coconut oil is a great deal...It's great that coconut oil is so stable cause 2 gallons is a LOT of oil! But, by the same token, we use it not only for cooking but for our skin, for sun protection, for LOTS of stuff.

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on June 09, 2011
at 12:58 AM

I just keep it in the cupboard, at room temp. Our house gets up to around 78-80F in the summer (like now) and the oil turns liquid. I have never noticed any decrease in quality. It's actually a lot more convenient to have it liquid. Maybe I should move to the tropics...

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on June 09, 2011
at 12:35 AM

my father used to cook everything in coconut oil when i was a kid. the bottle sat on the back of the stove and went through many state changes each day. in the winter he would roll the glass bottle over the burner of our gas stove to melt some to pour out. it is very resilient stuff!

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on June 08, 2011
at 11:00 PM

Agreed. I use the Spectrum brand and it is frequently liquid while sitting on my counter. I'm typically using up a jar within four weeks.

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on June 08, 2011
at 09:23 PM

Nature's Way and Spectrum Organic Virgin coconut oil are both great too! I have bought mine from Amazon too. I love how easy it is to store and has so many uses!

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