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Is there a white growth in my coconut oil?

Answered on November 14, 2013
Created November 13, 2013 at 9:14 PM

First time I purchased coconut oil was from Trader Joe's. It was always liquid. Being a noob, I did introduce water into the oil. Some weeks later I noticed a syrupy white growth that seemed to be growing from the bottom of the jar upwards, like a hazy white tree. I threw it away.

I just bought coconut oil again. Without using it, I already am seeing the same white stuff... as if I'm seeing an early stage of the growth I saw in the first jar. There is a syrupy hazy white stuff at the bottom (not in a "growth formation", but just spread out at the bottom). And then at the top I see a familiar white syrupy thing. Viewing it under sunlight, I see this white stuff all over the inside.

Is this a fungus?

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on November 14, 2013
at 03:22 AM

I'm going to forgoe taking a picture and assume it is safe to use and just pay attention to the oil and report back if there's a more obvious development in the oil. Thanks!

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 14, 2013
at 02:57 AM

another 'test' you could try...stick the jar in the fridge, & see if it speeds up the white 'growth', that will confirm it is just the oil solidifying. the longer you leave it in the fridge the more the white growth. (or use the freezer if you want to speed up the process)

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on November 13, 2013
at 11:17 PM

a shop near me stocks loads of brands, & at the shop temperature, some are completely clear & some mainly white & all variations inbetween.

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on November 13, 2013
at 11:14 PM

in general, yes. tho i have seen variance between brands, as to how clear they go & at what temps.

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on November 14, 2013
at 06:30 AM

I keep some in a container in my shower window and it seems to heat up, melt and resolidify daily. After doing this a number of times, it gets white spots in it. Not sure what it is exactly, but that seems to be the cause. I just use that one for my skin and not eating, so I don't worry about it.

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on November 13, 2013
at 11:10 PM

Ok, so using logic here, if it is indeed just solidifying coconut oil, then I should be able to warm it up and it will be 100% translucent, correct? All that white hazy stuff should be gone.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 13, 2013
at 11:14 PM

in general, yes. tho i have seen variance between brands, as to how clear they go & at what temps.

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543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 13, 2013
at 10:59 PM

here's my guess (as you are new to coconut oil)...

the temperature in the shop you bought your oil is warmer than where you store it at home. & the oil (fat) has started to solidify, the clear oil will start to turn translucent & then white as it solidifies. this will happen exactly as you describe.

if this is the case, to return it to clear liquid, just sit the jar in some warm/hot water for a bit.

(if you stick the coconut oil in the fridge the whole thing will go hard & white)

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on November 13, 2013
at 10:54 PM

Coconut oil solidifies and can form some gritty precipitates as it freezes. Highly unlikely there's mold growing in your fat.

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on November 13, 2013
at 09:27 PM

Edit: I'll take a picture if/when the oil has a more obvious development. For now, I'll assume it's safe and continue to use it.

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on November 13, 2013
at 09:25 PM

can you post a picture? i always buy TJ's oil and have no idea what you are talking about. the oil is always solid and white.

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