In this article, I will share instructions on how to make homemade coconut oil in five practical steps.
In recent years we’ve seen the rise in popularity of coconut oil, especially among people who are health conscious.
Although it’s been around for many years, there was a time when it wasn’t the primary choice for cooking and other purposes, in many households.
Even though you may find it in your local supermarket. I think that it’s really awesome to be able to make your own. It’s quite an empowering feeling, that brings a sense of independence. Being able to make your own coconut oil is a great skill to have. You never know when it may come in handy.
Coconut oil can be pricey depending on your location and availability. Therefore, If you live in a region where you have easy access to coconut trees or have a market where you can get dried coconuts, then you can try making your own.
If there are no coconut trees where you live, don’t worry, these skills are still beneficial for you.
This stage of the process is where you source and gather the coconuts to make the oil. As stated earlier, you can pick dried coconuts from the tree, or maybe they’ve fallen to the ground and you can easily gather them.
You can also source coconuts at your local market or wholesale produce store. So even if you don’t have any trees in your region, you can still learn to make the oil.
Try to ensure that you check the coconuts to make sure there’s no leakage or signs of spoilage.
Ideally, you can start with 16 dried coconuts, which will make roughly 3 cups/ 24 oz of coconut oil or even a little more. Depending on the size of the coconuts.
2. De-husking and cutting into smaller pieces
If you got the dried coconuts from the tree, then you will need to use a sharp machete, or a big kitchen knife to take it out of the skin. However, if you bought the dried coconuts from the market or produce store, then it would be out of the skin already.
This step can be somewhat tedious because getting the coconut out of the skin and eventually out of its shell, can be tricky.
Once you have the coconuts ready, all you have to focus on now is cracking the shell to expose the nut inside. One of the simplest ways to do this is to hit the coconut on the ground.
Try to do this outside, because there’s water inside the coconut and it can be messy getting the water all over. You can also save the water from the nut in a container, and use it for the blending process.
After taking craking all the coconuts open, you can then use an eating knife to pry the shell away from the nut. The reason we use an eating knife is to prevent ourselves from getting cut if the knife slips.
After prying away the shell from the nut, we then cut the coconut into smaller pieces in preparation for the next step. If you have a powerful blender then you may not have to cut them very small.
If you want, you can repurpose the shells and use them as fuel for the fire, when camping, in a furnace for heating the home.
3. Blending and straining
In order to extract the juice from the coconut, we first have to blend it. When I first began making coconut oil, I was using a normal blender, which was great. But I had to cut the pieces smaller to avoid straining the motor.
As I gained more experience I realized that I needed to use a more powerful blender, for better extraction, and efficiency.
I now use the Ninja Chef high- speed blender for this process, and I’m happy I started doing so because I don’t have to cut the pieces very small anymore, and It’s also very powerful.
If you don’t have a high powered blender, you can use whatever you have.
To begin blending, place the pieces inside. About halfway, or little less than half. Then add water from the tap or coconut water save from the opening and cutting stage. Try to ensure the water barely covers the pieces, because we want the juice to come out very rich.
After blending the current amount, you then strain the juice into a large enough container. Using a strainer, or nut milk bag. Whatever you use, ensure that it has small holes, because you want the extracted juice to be as pulp-free as possible.
Squeeze the pulp as much as you can, and place it into a large container. The pulp can be added to some of your favorite foods, for example, cakes, puddings, porridge, etc. It can even be used to feed chickens, or used for compost.
This process is repeated until all the pieces have been blended. Once the blending process is complete, and the juice is strained into a large container/pot. You then cover it and leave it to sit overnight.
4. Skimming and extracting
As a result of leaving the coconut juice/milk to sit overnight, It develops into a custard that rises to the top. Leaving the water below.
This custard is where the oil is found, and it is skimmed from the top using a spoon, and placed into a dutch pot, or a frying pan that is deep, or a wok.
Once the custard is in the pot, you can add about three pimento seeds to give it flavor. Then begin the process of extracting the oil from the custard.
This is done on the stove or outside the cooking area. as it will need to be heated. The custard will gradually begin to boil, at this point the oil is released.
You can tell that the custard is releasing the oil when it starts to shrink and become clear. The clear liquid is the oil
Here’s a helpful tip that will help you to gain the maximum yield for your effort. If there is a decent amount of oil in the pot, but the custard hasn’t fully released the oil. Then it’s best to turn the flame/burner off and let it cool, then pour the oil off and begin extracting again.
If you try to extract all the oil from the custard at once, you risk evaporating the oil, and the amount will not be as much. So once you see there’s a good amount, just switch the flame off and let it cool.
5. Straining bottling
After the oil has cooled and you’re satisfied with the amount extracted from the custard. You then pour the oil through the strainer or nut milk bag and into a container. Then from this container, you can then pour the oil into a bottle(s).
Learning how to make coconut oil has been a fun experience for me, and I hope that you will enjoy the journey as well. Maybe you want to live off-grid or be more independent, or maybe you just enjoy the idea of it all. Whatever the reason, it is a wonderful skill to have.
It will take some effort on your part, but the end result is truly worth it. If you’re unable to source the coconuts or simply don’t have enough time to make your own, you can order from places like amazon.
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