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Old 02-05-2008, 10:31 AM   #1
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How do you store coconut oil?

I bought Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from Walmart. When I first opened it, it was a solid. I stored it in a cabinet without any trouble. I didn't use it for about a week and took it out today and it was a liquid. Is this normal? Did it go "bad"? should I store it in the refrigerator?
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Old 02-05-2008, 10:38 AM   #2
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Perfectly normal. Coconut oil will last for at least 2 years at room temp without becoming rancid. It does not need to be refrigerated. It becomes liquid at around 75 degrees and solid below that. The lower the temp, the harder it becomes. It can also withstand some pretty high temps (450, if I remember right) so it is a very good oil to cook with.

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I use the cold pressed because I take it by the spoonfuls - plus I oil pull with it. Mine is also solid - but in the summer it will turn into a liquid. Perfectly normal. I just keep mine in the pantry.

If you want to cook with it don't buy the cold pressed - can't withstand high heat.
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:14 AM   #4
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I bought Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from Walmart. When I first opened it, it was a solid. I stored it in a cabinet without any trouble. I didn't use it for about a week and took it out today and it was a liquid. Is this normal? Did it go "bad"? should I store it in the refrigerator?
This is because it is a healthy fat and has not been hydrogenized or turned into a transfat to stay solid. You don't have to but if it bothers you, you can refrigerate it.
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Old 02-05-2008, 04:10 PM   #5
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Yea today it was pretty funny because it got up to 70 here, where as it's normally pretty cool out. I left the heater on when I left for work, not thinking it was going to get that warm. When it was time to cook dinner all 3 of my jars were liquified, guess next time I might need to turn the heat off when I leave for work...LOL!! I ended up drizzling my meat with it, rather than plopping a spoonful in the pan.
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:55 AM   #7
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I bought Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from Walmart. When I first opened it, it was a solid. I stored it in a cabinet without any trouble. I didn't use it for about a week and took it out today and it was a liquid. Is this normal? Did it go "bad"? should I store it in the refrigerator?
It is normal. I just keep mine on the kitchen counter and it is a liquid all the time because I have a very warm kitchen.
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One consideration if you buy the big tubs is to move it to glass containers ( such as canning jars). There is evidence that ALL plastic leaches compounds that are harmful to our bodies and fat acts like a solvent to make it even worse.
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:03 AM   #9
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One consideration if you buy the big tubs is to move it to glass containers ( such as canning jars). There is evidence that ALL plastic leaches compounds that are harmful to our bodies and fat acts like a solvent to make it even worse.

This is such a good point - I hadn't considered that. (even though I always try to use glass containers for everything else!) I have a new gallon coming and I'm going to do exactly as you suggested.

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Old 11-25-2011, 09:50 AM   #10
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Old 11-26-2011, 12:30 PM   #11
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I actually prefer that my coconut oil be a liquid. That way I can scoop out a spoonful easier than when it is rock solid as it gets to be in the winter time. I love summer!!!! But then again I prefer when I use it on my skin as an oil that it be a bit more solid. Picky, picky I know I cannot have it both ways LOL.
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When I store mine on the countertop, it's solid. When I put it into a cabinet that has a light underneath it (making the cabinet warmer than the countertop), it turns liquid. It also is liquid on the countertop during the hot days of summer when the kitchen is warmer. It totally depends on the temperature it's being stored at, and there's nothing wrong with it being liquid. I prefer it that way.

The new Trader Joe's coconut oil comes in glass jars - guess that's a good thing!
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