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The uses of coconut oil cannot be over emphasized. Yes, according to experts coconut oil is used in many natural beauty products, and for good reason: It’s naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal. Coconut oil is an excellent skin moisturizer and can also penetrate the hair better than other oils.
The challenge, however, is that in Nigeria coconut oil is not easily found, and when you eventually get one it is either outrageously expensive or adulterated (except if you patronise ‘Iya Alagbo’). When I just started using coconut oil, I would look for it for days and when I eventually get one it won’t last me one month. After a while, I decided that it was time to make my own coconut oil. But after the first attempt, I discovered why the oil was expensive, adulterated and even scarce. The reason is partly due to the fact that a large number of coconuts yield a relatively small amount of oil.
Homemade coconut is heavenly. I love the smell and the joy that it brings that I’m making my own product. Here is my recipe for making coconut oil. I hope you find it useful and easy to follow. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of the process.
YOU WILL NEED:
- Very matured coconuts
- 1 large bowl of hot water
- 2 large bowls
- A sieve or a strainer
- A blender
- Cooking Pot
- Plastic jar/bottle for storage
- Shell the coconuts. (their inner brown skin will darken the oil, so if you need a paler coloured oil, you can peel off the skin)
- Grate the fresh coconut on the finest side of your grater
- After grating pull the coconut flesh into a blender and blend until it’s smooth. (remember to add enough water to turn it into a soft paste)
- Pour the paste into a large bowl and stir in some hot water into the paste to release all the oil from the paste.
- Put a sieve over the other bowl and pour the blended mixture through the sieve. Make sure you extract every drop of the coconut milk from the sieve.
- Allow to cool in a refrigerator or freezer. The oil will rise to the top and congeal(like groundnut oil that is sleeping)
- Carefully spoon out the congealed oil from the bowl into a pot and place on a very low heat. This is to ensure that the heat slowly boils off any water lurking in the oil.
- Be sure that all the water evaporates from the oil otherwise the oil will get stale a lot more quickly.
- Once all the water has evaporated from the oil remove the pot from the stove and wait till it’s cool.
- Pour oil into your desired container and ensure you seal properly.
Enjoy your freshly homemade coconut oil. If you tried this recipe please come back and share your results.
P.S: You can get coconut at any local market around you. Also, ensure that the coconuts you want to buy are matured ones because the best coconuts to use for coconut oil are matured ones.
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