Despite its benefits, the popularity of virgin coconut oil is still inferior to palm oil for food frying. However, in line with public awareness about the environmental and social impacts of palm oil, some consumers have begun to switch to using other alternative oils such as virgin coconut oil.
Coconut trees themselves can thrive in many places so that their availability can support to meet the needs of coconut oil. It turns out, in addition to buying virgin coconut oil on the market, you can also make virgin coconut oil yourself, want to try it, you can have a more complete tutorial below.
Step-by-Step How to make Virgin Coconut Oil
1. Remove the Skin
Hold the coconut firmly (palm facing up) and slam the knife spine into it until it cracks. To make it easier, Moms can wrap coconuts in a towel. Using a hammer, gently tap some parts of the coconut until the brown shell cracks. Carefully pick up the remaining shells. you can set aside coconut water to drink.
2. Grate Coconut
The next step in how to make coconut oil is to grate the coconut by hand using a finely grated side. You can also use a food processor or blender to grate the coconut.
3. Soak and Strain
Add about 1 – 3 cups of water to the grated coconut (additional liquid will help when squeezing its coconut milk). Squeeze the coconut milk from the grated coconut by hand. You can also use cheesecloth to squeeze it. Then strain the coconut milk through a sieve to remove as many remaining flakes as possible.
How to make coconut oil next, put the coconut milk in a large saucepan and let it warm. However, do not let the coconut milk boil. Just warm up and turn off the heat and don’t stir the mixture.
Let the coconut milk cool. However, you can just leave it until it warms up a bit, roughly to room temperature.
Once cooled, you will see that the coconut fat is layered on top of the coconut water. Use a spoon to remove the fat on it and put it in the pan. You can also use a stainless steel pan to put this fat.
Stir just a little during this process. Let the coconut “pudding” boil, then reduce the heat to medium and let it boil for approximately 45 minutes (depending on the amount of pudding residue).In this process, the appearance will change.
You will see clear spots (oil) and thick waste of grayish or brownish color. The oil will continue to separate from the already cooked waste. Finally, you can use a spoon and separate the two.
8. Strain and Refrigerate
Strain the oil with a sieve or with cheesecloth. Allow it to cool completely and use it to moisturize the skin, hair, or for scrubbing.
That’s the way to make your own virgin coconut oil at home. You can use one of the methods above to be able to get virgin coconut oil which is rich in its health benefits. Good luck!