If you know the beauty benefits of coconut oil you definitely don’t want to miss from your kitchen shelf or your vanity shelf. But the thing that bothers us is, like other beauty products do coconut Oil also expire…? Do we need to preserve it in hot weather…?
Moreover, if we need to preserve it, How do we preserve coconut oil in hot weather? I Research on this for many years, because I am a coconut oil fan forever and ever. When I got my perfect solutions, I decided to save your time and provide you with the real solutions of this small but general problem .
All the girls and even some guys are very particular about their skin quality. So when something is going to affect your skin quality you should definitely take good care of it. Here in this article I will share with you some best ways to preserve your coconut oil. Moreover, will answer your tricky questions: How we can freeze coconut oil…?
How to store coconut oil in hot weather?
When it comes to coconut oil preserving it doesn’t require much equipment. Keeping it fresh for longer duration is just a matter of some care and cautiousness. you need to be careful while considering the place for placing your coconut oil.
It’s not very difficult to store coconut oil without freezing it with other kitchen groceries. But if you want to keep it chilled it is not a bad option again with proper care and proper placement you can enjoy your coconut oil as fresh as ever for almost two year duration.
How to freeze coconut oil?
This is a common question asked by several coconut oil lovers: how to freeze coconut oil, How to make coconut oil solid again? Here I would like to add, that there is no particular reason to freeze your coconut oil. Until you want to use it in a solid form, or you want it to stay fresh for more than two years.
Otherwise coconut oil changes form or gets solid even at 25 degree centigrade. That’s why in winters your coconut gets solid or you can say freeze even in your cozy room. So you don’t need to to freeze it or even refrigerate it, if you are using your coconut oil regularly.
As once refrigerated or frozen it is going to get Damn hard. So for using it regularly I will have to put some effort into melting it. And then apply it on your face, hair or eyebrows and nourish them perfectly. But personally I am a lazy kind person and I don’t like to put that much effort when it’s not actually required.
But if you have plenty of coconut oil and it is going to be accessesive for you for more than two years. Then yes! you need to freeze it because it might get spoiled and smelly.
In such conditions if you want to freeze your coconut oil the best way is to freeze it in a silicon freezer tray. As it is flexible and you can easily excavate your coconut oil cubes out of it. Set the coconut oil in all the cubes of the tray. They will take no more than half an hour and they will get rock hard.
You just get them out of the tray, put them in some airtight container that is dry and don’t have any moisture in it. You can even save them in a polythene zipper bag and they are going to stay there forever fresh.
You can bring out one or two cubes as much as you need to be as fresh as they are just extracted from coconut.
- Coconut oil stays in solid forms upto 73° to 74°.
- You need to make sure that you are preserving your coconut oil either in a glass bottle. Or if you are using a plastic bottle it should be 100% BPA free. Otherwise chemical leaching is expected.
- If you have chosen to refrigerate your coconut oil. Before using, put it out at room temperature so it can easily be scooped out. Heating your coconut oil again and again is not all recommended as it might lower down its efficacy.
- It’s better if you can prevent the exposure of light and heat to your coconut oil container. As both these factors affect its shelf life.
- If you are suspicious that your coconut oil is expired. And you are afraid of side-effects that expired coconut oil on skin can cause. You can check its colour and smell. Because when expired or outdated for use, coconut oil colour turns a kind of yellowish and musky. Its smell will not be as pleasant as it was when it was fresh. Or it might develop some mold as well. Because when moisture and coconut oil interact mold development is expected.
- While storing your coconut oil in the freezer for long term use, be careful that you are placing it in a freezer safe container.
- If you are using coconut oil for baking you need it in firm form and for that you can refrigerate it for a few minutes. After that it is firm enough to be handled in baking.
Why coconut oil doesn’t freeze?
Real coconut oil has plenty of fatty acids in it, and when some things have plenty of saturated fatty acid. It is supposed to freeze or get solid real quick even in your room when it is winter season. So if your coconut oil is not freezing it means it is not at all dear.
How long does it take to freeze coconut oil?
The time required to freeze coconut oil depends upon the quantity you want to freeze. If you have 500 ml of coconut and you’re freezing it. You need to stir it after every 5 minutes so all the coconut oil gets frozen evenly. Moreover, in this process the whole oil will freeze in no more than 20 minutes.
What is white stuff floating in coconut oil?
Sometimes your coconut oil is in a middle stage of liquid and solid. The portion that is liquid is transparent and a few streaks that have gone towards solid side are white. You can just put the oil in your hand and rub it for a while and you will see that the white streak is already dissolved. So basically it is not a foreign body that is making white streaks in your coconut oil it is actually coconut oil in two different states one liquid and one semi solid.
Why Not Expired Coconut oil on skin?
When you are using coconut oil it is not about the expiry date. If you are taking proper care of your coconut oil and preserving it in the best possible manner. Or you have already frozen it you can use it even after its expiry date.
You just need to check that your coconut oil has not turned yellowish in colour or is smelling bad. Mould is also expected to develop in freshly extracted coconut oil so you also need to check that it is free of mould as well. With all these qualities your coconut oil is perfect to use even long after the expiry has gone. But if you feel a colour change or smell change that is unpleasant, even if the expiry is away. I don’t recommend using that coconut oil on your skin and food.
Coconut oil is not it very difficult to preserve. But you need to make sure it is kept in a clean moisture free, Glass jar or in a BPA free plastic container. Moreover, if you want to stop mold growth in it. Keep it in a jar or container that is airtight. If you are taking good care of it and shelving it away from light and heat .With all the above said factors your coconut oil is safe to use for ages.