If you’ve walked the grocery store aisles in the last couple of years at all, you may have noticed a trend: coconut oil has become very popular, and we have reason to believe it’s going to stay that way for a while. From sauces to baked goods, you can find this tropical oil everywhere. A quick glance through food and fitness websites confirms it: we’re crazy for coconut oil.
A great benefit of coconut oil? Versatility for cooking. With its unique composition, coconut oil behaves differently than other cooking oils. It has a high smoking point, 350 degrees to be exact, meaning it can be used for many cooking methods, even high heat cooking methods like frying.
Coconut oil is a great substitute for butter or shortening in baked goods. Simply swap out with an equal amount of coconut oil. If your recipe calls for a liquid oil such as vegetable oil or canola oil, just warm the coconut oil first (it has a melting point of 76 degrees), measure, and voila- a healthy upgrade for your favorite baked goods! Just make sure the other ingredients you are cooking with are room temperature, to avoid having your liquid coconut oil re-solidify.
As mentioned before, coconut oil is an excellent choice for high heat cooking, and very few cooking methods produce the mouth-watering effect that frying does. All you need to do is heat the oil until it shimmers and add the food you wish to fry.
Because of its high smoke point, coconut oil is a terrific alternative to non-stick sprays. It’s as easy as melting a small amount and then brushing it onto your cooking surface with a cooking brush or a paper towel.
Coconut oil is so versatile- the uses are endless! It has a shelf-life of about two years, and refrigeration is not necessary (you can refrigerate it, but it will harden and be more difficult to use). Because of its low melting point, be sure to store it in a cool, dark place.
Do you use coconut oil? We would love to hear your favorite uses for it here!
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