Will your oil be liquid or solid?
(Welcome to lesson 2 of the “Which oil” online mini course)
You may have wondered why olive oil and many other oils are liquid at room temperature, but most of the oils we show are solid white in the jars. The goal of this page is to unravel the reason why your oil will be delivered to you in solid state – pure creamy white looking.
“What’s in that jar?”
Before we get into any technical talk, let me tell you a short funny story. This really happened.
We had some coconut oil that had been poured in a liquid state into some glass jars. It was Ancient Wisdom brand oil, and the jars were large 2 litre ones. Well these jars were sent to the cardboard box packing providers for quoting. They left it in the office.
When the oil arrived at their office it had blotches of white in it. The blotches of white were rather like cotton wool in appearance, but suspended in liquid. Then as time wore on, the blotches became bigger. But then some of the white seemed to crystalise on the inside of the jar!
The people who were baby sitting these sample jars were beginning to wonder, “What is this stuff?? It’s growing!”
Some fat / oil turns solid at room temperature
Different types of oil behave differently because of the way their acids are made, and how they cling to each other. Virgin coconut oil is a saturated fat. In many circles, using the term saturated fat is considered almost like offensive language! But we’ll talk some more about that another day.
Coconut oil is a saturated fat. Being a saturated fat makes it solid at room temperature, just like animal fat. By room temperature, I mean 24.5 degrees Celsius or below.
Of course, as I already mentioned, there are some important differences between an animal fat from lamb, for example, and coconut oil. I’m repeating myself, I know. We’ll talk about those differences another day. Right now, all you need to know is that because coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is normal for it to slip in and out of being in a solid state.
It’s okay for your coconut oil to melt?
All coconut oils melt, just like butter. There is no danger of your coconut oil going off (rancid) if it is left in a warm place with a sealed lid. The same rule applies if you melt your coconut oil by leaving it in a hot room. The taste of melted virgin unrefined non-hydrogenated coconut oil will be similar to the oil that is not melted.
But unlike butter that has melted and become solid again, after melting and solidifying again, coconut oil will not look different or taste awful. You will not notice any difference. I’ve noticed the same can’t always be said about butter. Sometimes it seems a little worse off after melting and going solid again.
Let’s hear about Virgin Coconut Oil from one of the Coconut Oil Shop Customers.
It tastes pure and fresh, there is no aftertaste
“I recently ordered some oil and some creamed coconut from you and I am so impressed with both your service and your products.
Prior to this order, I bought a small jar of a supermarket brand – my first try of coconut oil. I wasn’t very happy – it has a lingering chemically/waxy taste that while mild, managed to permeate anything and everything I mixed it with. Not nice! I thought this might just be the way it tastes & I’d have to put up with it. Then your products arrived and it is an entirely different thing. It tastes pure and fresh, there is no aftertaste – no taste at all but coconut. When compared side by side, the supermarket product is yellowish, whereas yours is pure white. I am so happy with it! I have now started adding a little coconut oil to my baby’s food in lieu of butter; he likes it too.
Also, it arrived in less than one business day and postage was free. Absolutely great work. Thanks so much!”
Emma Johnson, St Albans, Christchurch
What is the advantage of food grade Coconut Oil melting at around 24 degrees?
You can melt your oil on food, or in a hot drink if you wish to.
If your coconut oil is not pure clear when you melt it, it is not what the Coconut Oil Shop would consider to be food grade oil. There should be no yellow tinge to the oil.
(We have seen genuinely virgin coconut oil with a yellow tinge, and it is okay for animals, but it has been tainted by an open fire, while being simmered over a fire to separate the oil).
What will you find out in lesson 3?
In the next lesson you’ll hear a Coconut Oil Shop customer’s funny story about her coconut oil supply.
Here are some details about our oils (repeated from the last lesson)
All of our coconut oils are virgin (or extra virgin – which really is the same thing when it comes to coconut oil). The coconuts which produce oil for our shop have never been used to produce oil for anything else before they give you their best oil. (The best oil comes first – hence the idea of virgin oil.)
All of our oils can be used for anything. The oils we sell are vegetable oils. If you want to oil your cricket bat, surf board or even chopping board with some of our oil, (instead of linseed oil) that is fine. If you want to use the same oil for eating by the spoonful, that is also fine.
Here are some potential uses
- Oil cricket bat, or surf board
- Eat by the teaspoonful (or tablespoon)
- Use for oil pulling (oil swishing in the mouth)
- Rub it on skin for dry skin (may cause flaking skin in some cases – persevere)
- Rub on or place on internal body orifaces – roof of mouth, for example
- Use in making soap or skin care creams
- Cat, dog, goat, horse, etc food.
If you would use another vegetable oil, you can use coconut oil.
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