Coconut oil is very popular for cooking, baking, and even making beauty products.
Many believe that coconut has amazing health benefits, including it’s moisturizing properties on all types of skin. While coconut oil is great for smoothies, cakes, and even as a skin balm, did you know there are other ways to use coconut oil around the house?
First of all, there are a couple different types of edible coconut oil. I love Wilderness Family Naturals Coconut oil, and they carry all 3 of the types of coconut oil. I have found these oils to be high quality and a great value. All coconut oils will be liquid at 76° and solid at 75° or lower. The 3 types of coconut oil are as listed:
Virgin unrefined coconut oil has a stronger coconut flavor and aroma. It is also used for cooking, sautéing, baking, and body care. This type is ideal to use as a medium-heat cooking oil.
Refined coconut oil generally refers to an oil that has gone through the process that removes coconut flavor, aroma, and impurities.
Craft Oil is coconut oil which can be used to make crafts such as candles, soaps, deodorants, and body butters. It often has sediments in the oil that makes it unappetizing for eating. As it is sold at a lower price, this type of coconut oil is great for using around the house.
As a wood conditioner, coconut oil is perfect. I like to take our wooden spoons and cutting boards and wash thoroughly, then air dry completely. Next, I take a dime sized amount and spread all over the spoons and cutting boards. They are allowed to soak in the oil for 5-10 minutes, then I wipe off the excess. This is best repeated weekly.
For seasoning cast iron, coconut oil provides an excellent seasoning finish. Simply heat your cast iron pans for one hour in a 300° oven. Apply a thin layer of coconut oil over the pan and rub gently. Place back in the oven for 30 minutes, side up on a cookie sheet to catch drips. Allow to cool thoroughly and wipe away excess. We also wipe the pans with a bit of coconut oil on a cloth to keep the pans seasoned after each use.
For household pets, coconut oil is awesome. Place a tiny bit on the end of your cats nose once a month. They will lick this off, and it will help keep the hairballs to a minimum. Applying a tiny amount to the end of their paws will also help protect outdoor cats from snow and salt. Dogs love the taste of coconut oil, and a teaspoon added to their food daily can help keep their coat shiny and healthy.