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Old 06-01-2013, 05:19 AM   #1
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Does coconut oil go bad?

I've had a jar in my pantry for probably a year and a half. Does it go bad, should I toss it? I want to finally start using it, but want to be sure it's still good
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:25 AM   #2
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It keeps almost forever--it does not go rancid. I have some that is 4 years old, has gone through three summers with little or no air-conditioning and when I opened it, all I could tell different was there was a bit of residue on the bottom (it was completely liquid). I poured all but the last 1/2" off to another container, and have been using it for the past two months just fine.
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Inspect it. If it is white carefully try a bit on your tongue.You will know if it is rancid and spit it out. However , coconut oil has a shelf life of 2 years or more so there is a very good chance it is still good . Check the expiration date though before you taste.Tasting it is not dangerous but highly unpleasant if it is rancid.
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Didn't know that.
In my case it really doesn't matter because a big jar will usually last
no longer than a month, but I wondered if I should refrigerate it after opening.
Never had a problem though, and now know that refrigeration isn't necessary.
Thanks for the question and the replies.
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:25 AM   #5
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According to Tropical Traditions virgin coconut oil has a shelf life of at least 7 years. They have never had any go bad/rancid.

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Old 06-02-2013, 09:34 AM   #6
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The only time I ever had an issue was when I stirred my coffee then used the same spoon to get some coconut oil out of the jar. I found little white specks in my oil a few days later and when I called the company they told me I could have caused a mold to form because of the wet coffee residue on the spoon.

They suggested I throw the jar away, which I did. Now I put the coconut oil into the cup before I add the coffee so no cross contamination now!
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:54 PM   #7
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I had some that got to smelling pretty bad. It was probably 3 years old.
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I had some that got to smelling pretty bad. It was probably 3 years old.
Was it open and partly used? Open containers can get contaminated even when we think we are being careful.
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The only time I ever had an issue was when I stirred my coffee then used the same spoon to get some coconut oil out of the jar. I found little white specks in my oil a few days later and when I called the company they told me I could have caused a mold to form because of the wet coffee residue on the spoon.

They suggested I throw the jar away, which I did. Now I put the coconut oil into the cup before I add the coffee so no cross contamination now!
This, I have done this before and it did go rancid. It was just with plain water but it will cause a moldy, mildew and you can both smell and taste it. We now carefully spoon a smaller amount into a mason jar and refill as needed rather than risk contaminating the large jug.
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I had a jar go rancid, but it was opened, about half-full, and had been in the cupboard for ???

I also had a bottle of the Tropical Traditions foaming bath soap (pure saponified coconut oil, nothing else) that was rancid upon opening for the first time. I contacted them and they immediately send me out a replacement. I love their products.
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