Uses for Coconut Oil
One jar, so many possibilities.
- •Roasting vegetablesParticularly vegetables that tend to be a little bit sweet, like carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets. Since coconut oil is solid at room temperature, I sort of just massage it all over the chopped veggies as if I'm putting lotion on them, and then roast them on a baking sheet at 400° until they're caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside, usually for 20-25 minutes.
- •Frying eggsFor eggs with amazingly crispy edges, and a complex, addictive flavor, try frying them over high heat in a little bit of coconut oil.
- •Making old-fashioned popcornHeat 1 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil over medium heat in a large pot that has a fitted lid. Add half a cup of popping corn and cover the pot. The corn will start popping. When the popping slows down to every 2 to 3 seconds, take the pot off the heat and give it a good shake for about 20 seconds. Carefully remove the lid, pour the freshly popped corn into a bowl and salt to taste.
- •BakingAnywhere you can use butter or shortening, you can usually use coconut oil. It's important to make sure the oil doesn't get too warm, because then it will liquefy and your daughter will be too soft. But at room temperature, it will yield pie crusts, cookies, and pastries with a pleasantly flaky crumb. You can also melt it down in the microwave for 15 seconds or so and use it in batters for cakes, pancakes, muffins, and the like--anything that calls for vegetable oil or melted butter.
- •Washing your faceI know it sounds completely crazy and maybe a little bit gross, but I swear this really works. Check out the oil cleansing method for more info. http://bit.ly/1AwckeK
- •Skin moisturizerThe best moisturizer out there as far as I'm concerned. I usually place the jar in the corner of the shower to soften while I get clean. That usually creates enough heat to melt a little oil to moisturize after the shower. You can also pour a tablespoon or so into a bath for really deep moisture. In the winter, I also use a tiny bit on my face. You think it would be too greasy, but it's not.
- •Deep conditioning treatment for hairScoop out a couple of tablespoons and rub it all over your hair. If your hair is long, wrap it into a loose bun, and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. You might have to wash your hair a couple times to get all the oil out, but it will be noticeably softer and smoother.
- •Lip balmJust dab a little bit on your smackers.
- •Whitening your teethThere are all kinds of claims that swishing oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes will rid you of "toxins" and balance your hormones. I'm not sure I believe that, but I can tell you that after doing it five days a week or so for the past several months, my teeth are noticeably whiter. It takes some getting used to, and at first you feel compelled to spit it out right away. But if you persevere you'll get results. Here's more info: wellnessmama.com/7866/oil-pulling-for-oral-health/
- •Chocolate shell on ice creamSuggested by @charlie
- •Exfoliating scrubI mix coarse ground coffee, coconut oil, and a little baking soda, and use this as a body scrub. Bonus: you don't need moisturizer afterSuggested by @kelly