Can You Fry With Coconut Oil?

limitme

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With Expeller (pressed) coconut oil?
http://www.spectrumorganics.com/?id=87

I plan on buying spectrum cocnut oil...they sell it here at randalls, krogers and HEB....

I don't think they sell the virgin unrefined spectrum coconut oil....

anyway, I guess you scoop it out like butter....can you fry foods with this? the way people traditionally think of frying?

thanks...
 

kind2creatures

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anyway, I guess you scoop it out like butter....can you fry foods with this? the way people traditionally think of frying?
Yes limitme, you can use it for frying in the traditional way, although a lower heat is recommended. I generally use Extra Virgin Olive Oil for frying, but I do keep Coconut Oil in the house.

A couple of times a week, I'll put some in my morning coffee, and it is good as a skin moisturizer, although it's a bit oily for me, especially before bed or if I'm going out. Just an occassional "beauty" treatment. I don't believe it has any protective qualities against the sun, as you were asking in another thread. Also give a taste to my furkids when I'm using it, good for them too! ;)
 

jfh

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It is great for frying. It is one of the oils that can tolerate high heat very well. It is not easily oxidized; so it won't form transfatty acid. It won't go rancid for over a year, if you keep it in a dark place like your cabinet. No need for refrigeration. It turns to liquid at 75 degrees. Otherwise solid or semisolid. I use it on toast. In the winter, I scrape it with a knife. In the summer I scoop it with a spoon and dribble it on the toast. I have used it for underarm deodorant in the fall, winter, and spring. It is not lasting in the winter for that. It absorbs well into the skin. It's lauric acid is antibacterial and antifungal. Some say that you can eat 2 tablespoons per day to kill candida.

It has very good antioxidant capabilities; so it will help to protect the skin from free radical damage. This might be why so many say that it is a natural sunscreen. Many tropical island people think so. I don't know the components that would cause this. I believe it helps me in the summer; but I also use a hat.

Coconut oil is great for so many things.
 

limitme

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Yes limitme, you can use it for frying in the traditional way, although a lower heat is recommended. I generally use Extra Virgin Olive Oil for frying, but I do keep Coconut Oil in the house.

A couple of times a week, I'll put some in my morning coffee, and it is good as a skin moisturizer, although it's a bit oily for me, especially before bed or if I'm going out. Just an occassional "beauty" treatment. I don't believe it has any protective qualities against the sun, as you were asking in another thread. Also give a taste to my furkids when I'm using it, good for them too! ;)
thank you for the info...
I'm definitively going to go ahead and buy some of that stuff and try it....

so basically, this means there is a way to fry stuff without it being unhealthy?

fried foods don't have to be unhealthy?
 

kind2creatures

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fried foods don't have to be unhealthy?
No, they don't have to be unhealthy. A meal I like to make is oven grilled salmon fillet with sliced Yukon Gold potatoes, seasoned with salt and pepper and fried in olive oil until they're tender and soft on the inside and dark brown on the outside. Oily meal, but it's all good oils. :)
 

Ted_Hutchinson

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It's certainly the case that Coconut oil tends to splatter a bit so using a lower temperature reduces this.
 

saved1986

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I use it to make popcorn the old fashion way and it gives a great flavor.
 

Ted_Hutchinson

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I buy mine in bulk from Coconoil The delivery on the 10kg bulk pack is quite reasonable. Works out about half the price from the local UK health foods shops.
 

u&iraok

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I took advantage of one of Tropical Traditions sales recently and got 4 Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil 32 oz jars on a buy-two-get-two-free sale plus free shipping.
 

EarlyBird

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Coconut Oil

I prefer Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil to any others I've tried. :D
I usually buy 2 of the large buckets at one time. It keeps great, never
spoils. I need to open my 2nd bucket shortly. Works great for frying. :D
I just keep some aluminum foil handy when I'm frying to catch any
splatters. Great for fixing fried or scrambled eggs too.
 

nobhill

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Hi - I don't know why you choose olive oil to fry with because it's generally acknowledged not to be used as a high heat oil because it's health benefits exist in low or non-heating use. Otherwise you are just not benefiting from the oil when you fry with it, so why not use coconut oil? :D

Yes limitme, you can use it for frying in the traditional way, although a lower heat is recommended. I generally use Extra Virgin Olive Oil for frying, but I do keep Coconut Oil in the house.

A couple of times a week, I'll put some in my morning coffee, and it is good as a skin moisturizer, although it's a bit oily for me, especially before bed or if I'm going out. Just an occassional "beauty" treatment. I don't believe it has any protective qualities against the sun, as you were asking in another thread. Also give a taste to my furkids when I'm using it, good for them too! ;)
 

kind2creatures

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I prefer the olive oil personally for frying, because of the flavor and smoke point. In my experience, coconut oil will start to smoke too quickly for me. Sometimes, when I want to get a good sear on a rib-eye steak, I'll use refined sunflower oil (460 degrees F).

I use olive and coconut oil in other ways besides frying for health benefits.
 


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