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Storing coconut oil in the desert

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 14, 2012 at 9:55 PM

I live in Phoenix, AZ. We like to keep our house around 78-80 degrees because most of the time it doesn't bother us, and we save a ton of money that way. Once the temps drop below 90, we usually nix the A/C altogether.

My jar of coconut oil is completely liquid due to it's low melting point. I know it is typically okay to store "in a cool, dry place" such as the pantry, but is it okay to store it in the pantry if it's slightly above "cool" in the house? I don't mind that it's liquid, I typically use it for cooking so I don't particularly need it in the more solid form, but is it bad for the coconut oil? Should I be storing it in the fridge?

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Thanks! I'd just hate to spend so much money on something at have it go bad. 99% of the time, my home is most certainly a 'dry place,' but for a good portion of the year it is most certainly not 'cool.'

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Of any fat/oil coconut is the most heat-stable (maybe palm too), that's why coconut trees "chose" to store their energy as coconut oil (they usually exist in the tropics!).

It's totally fine to keep coconut oil at those temperatures. You could even leave it exposed to air and you'd be fine, but I still feel more comfortable keeping a lid on it. I'd also make sure it's in a glass jar, I worry over time of plastics leaching into the oil.

Coconut oil is almost 100% saturated, which means that it's the least reactive of all fats. So don't worry about it.

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on August 14, 2012
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Thanks! I'd just hate to spend so much money on something at have it go bad. 99% of the time, my home is most certainly a 'dry place,' but for a good portion of the year it is most certainly not 'cool.'

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