How to Make Coconut Oil: An Easy Homemade Recipe Step by Step

Pure and natural coconut oil is one of my favorite beauty products. So today, I want to show you how to make coconut oil at home, quickly and easily.

The benefits and uses of this vegetable oil range from skin and hair care and beauty, to household applications, to cooking and baking recipes. The options are practically endless!

Extracting coconut oil at home is a very economical and healthy way to improve yourself, both inside and out. Plus, you’re assured that it’s 100% natural, without any added additives or chemicals.

The Benefits of Coconut Oil

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The coconut oil has fantastic health and beauty benefits.

To enjoy them, you can apply it directly to your skin and hair or add it to your dishes, and you can see substantial improvements in a short period of time, such as those detailed below:

  • It is beneficial for improving the immune system.
  • Reduces the level of bad cholesterol.
  • Aids in digestion.
  • Improves absorption as well as intestinal transit.
  • It is satiating, which makes it ideal for weight loss diets.
  • You can help burn fat.
  • It is a moisturizing product that benefits hair and skin if applied directly.
  • Reinforces the inner layers of the skin.
  • Eliminates dead cells and promotes cell renewal.
  • It acts as a natural antibiotic, preventing skin infections and acne.
  • Provides a smoother and softer texture to the skin.
  • Thanks to its moisturizing effect, it reduces dandruff.
  • It is very useful for improving the appearance of recent scars.
  • It balances and restores the pH of the skin.
  • Reduces stretch marks.
  • It is very useful and effective as a makeup remover.
  • It serves to correct blemishes and imperfections.
  • Provides proteins, vitamins, and minerals to the hair when applied directly.
  • Prevents premature aging thanks to its antioxidant content.
  • Repairs tissues.
  • Reduces itching and swelling of insect bites.
  • Provides great shine to hair and skin.

Now it’s time to learn the steps to extract your own homemade coconut oil.

How to Make Coconut Oil: Homemade Recipe

When it comes to making homemade coconut oil, choosing the best coconuts is essential.
Look for coconuts that are heavy for their size and have no moldy spots or soft areas. The fresher the coconut, the better quality oil you will be able to extract.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 40 minutes

You will need

  • Hammer or utensil that allows you to crack the coconut
  • Sharp knife
  • High-speed blender or food processor
  • Stainless steel pan with lid
  • Metallic spoon
  • Fine strainer
  • Sieve or fine cotton cloth
  • Glass jar with airtight lid

Ingredients

  • 2 fresh, mature coconuts
  • 1 cup hot water

Instructions

  • Crack the coconuts with the help of a hammer. Carefully pry the coconut open and collect the water inside and pour into the blender.
  • Use the knife to separate the coconut meet from the shell. Rinse well. Cut the coconut meat into smaller pieces to ease blending.
  • Place the coconut meat in the high-speed blender or food processor. Add the hot water and blend it all.
  • Insert the cotton cloth into the strainer, well spread out to avoid any leakage. Pour the entire liquefied contents over the strainer or the cotton cloth so that the liquid falls into the glass jar.
  • When you squeeze out the coconut milk, pick up the cloth with all the pieces and squeeze a little to extract the liquid still contained in it.
  • Close the jar and put it in the refrigerator, where it should remain for at least eight hours.
  • After this time, due to the difference in density, you’ll notice a thick layer of white coconut oil atop the milk. Carefully scoop up the oil with a spoon and place it in the stainless steel pan.
  • Cover the pan and place over low heat for a few minutes. If you see that there are still solid remains, you can proceed again to filter.
  • All that remains is to pour the oil into a clean, airtight container for use as needed.

Notes

— For a more refined oil, you can repeat the straining process using a finer mesh sieve or cheesecloth.
— Ensure that all utensils and containers used in the process are clean and dry to prevent contamination.
— Store your homemade coconut oil in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight to prevent it from spoiling.
— Experiment with different varieties of coconuts for varying flavors and aromas.
— You can use the coconut water and milk in your recipes or even drink it directly.

Storing and Using Your Homemade Coconut Oil

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Once you have successfully pressed the coconut meat, you will be left with a container filled with fragrant coconut oil ready to be used in your cooking, skincare, and hair care routines.

When it comes to storing your homemade coconut oil, it is important to keep it in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight to prevent it from spoiling.

Coconut oil has a long shelf life and does not require refrigeration, but if you prefer a solid state, you can store it in the refrigerator.

In terms of using your homemade coconut oil, the possibilities are endless. In cooking, it can be used for sautéing, frying, baking, and even as a dairy-free alternative in recipes.

As a skincare product, coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer, makeup remover, lip balm, or hair mask.

Its natural antibacterial and antifungal properties make it a versatile and effective ingredient for various beauty needs.

Final Words

Crafting coconut oil at home is not only a fun and fulfilling activity but also empowers you to control the quality and purity of the final product.

Whether you use it for cooking, skincare, or hair care, your homemade coconut oil is sure to elevate your everyday routines.

Experiment with different ways to incorporate coconut oil into your daily routine and enjoy the benefits of this versatile and nourishing oil.

So now that u know how to make coconut oil at home, it is the perfect time to get going. Start enjoying all the benefits of this natural and ideal product for the whole family.

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