Coconut oil has been very popular for cooking, baking, and even making beauty products.
Many believe that it has amazing health benefits, and is useful for moisturizing all types of skin. While coconut oil is great for smoothies, in 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 these types below. I have found these oils to be high quality and at a great price. All the coconut oils will be liquid at 76 degrees, solid at 75 or lower.
Virgin unrefined coconut oil has a stronger coconut flavor and aroma and is also used for cooking, sautéing, baking, and body care. It’s ideal as a medium-heat cooking oil.
Refined coconut oil generally refers to an oil that has gone through a 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 make it unappetizing to some for eating. As it is sold at a lower price, it’s 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. Air dry completely, then take a dime sized amount and spread all over. Allow to soak in for 5-10 minutes, then wipe off excess. Repeat 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, placed upside on a cookie sheet to catch drips. Allow to cool thoroughly and wipe away excess. We also use a cloth with a bit of coconut oil 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’ paws 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.