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Do fatty products need refrigeration?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 22, 2012 at 5:53 AM

I've got a few fatty products that I use for cooking and ma wondering if they need refrigeration. They are: Coconut cream (package says refrigerate), CaCao Bliss, Ghee, and Red Palm Oil. Which of these needs refrigeration?

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on June 11, 2012
at 05:54 PM

yes refrigerate olive oil - heat and light cause rancidity and can oxidize it!

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on January 24, 2012
at 11:29 AM

Sorry, I meant refrigerate.

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on January 22, 2012
at 11:58 PM

Ghee was used in India because it lasts months on the counter in their heat. Although they use it in most of their cooking, so it doesn't last months on their counter. :)

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on January 22, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Do you then refrigerate your olive oil? 10% PUFA. Ghee is actually closer to 4% PUFAs, and yet you want to store that cold? I don't think PUFA content dictates where fats are stored.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on January 22, 2012
at 03:03 PM

Good point - I forgot about that.

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on January 22, 2012
at 08:39 AM

In the case of cream, it will become soft and mushy due to coconut's melting point.I'm guessing refrigeration is just to prevent that despite nothing being wrong with softer coconut cream. Hell, it's way easier to eat than the rock hard straight-from-the-fridge.

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on January 22, 2012
at 07:50 AM

thats why the label says refrigerate, not freeze peter :P

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on January 22, 2012
at 07:02 AM

I don't freeze my coconut cream. Never have and never had any issues.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on January 22, 2012
at 01:18 PM

Anything that contains PUFAs needs refrigeration. Only the cream and in your list requires it, but things like meat products, dairy, fish oils all need it.

I'd also put the ghee in the fridge if it's from grassfed cows, as it does have some n3's.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on January 22, 2012
at 03:03 PM

Good point - I forgot about that.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on January 22, 2012
at 11:58 PM

Ghee was used in India because it lasts months on the counter in their heat. Although they use it in most of their cooking, so it doesn't last months on their counter. :)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on January 22, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Do you then refrigerate your olive oil? 10% PUFA. Ghee is actually closer to 4% PUFAs, and yet you want to store that cold? I don't think PUFA content dictates where fats are stored.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6244)

on June 11, 2012
at 05:54 PM

yes refrigerate olive oil - heat and light cause rancidity and can oxidize it!

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on January 22, 2012
at 06:03 AM

The cream, you should pay attention to the label. The rest do not need it (and the CaCao Bliss recommends against refrigeration).

E9808a9cfe806a22c0bdaff7c010c659

(405)

on January 22, 2012
at 08:39 AM

In the case of cream, it will become soft and mushy due to coconut's melting point.I'm guessing refrigeration is just to prevent that despite nothing being wrong with softer coconut cream. Hell, it's way easier to eat than the rock hard straight-from-the-fridge.

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on January 22, 2012
at 07:50 AM

thats why the label says refrigerate, not freeze peter :P

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on January 22, 2012
at 07:02 AM

I don't freeze my coconut cream. Never have and never had any issues.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on January 24, 2012
at 11:29 AM

Sorry, I meant refrigerate.

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