• Extracting the oil
a) Natural Fermentation
The coconut milk is mixed with the coconut water inside a transparent jar or bottle. Put it aside and let it settle at room temperature not exceeding 20 hours. This process will allow proteins (white substance), oil, and the water to separate from one another – the protein stays at the surface, the oil floats in the middle, and the water settles at the bottom.
Harvest the oil and filter it until you get pure, colorless (sometimes pale yellow) virgin coconut oil.
b) Low heating
The produced coconut milk is heated in low fire. This is for the water to evaporate and leaves only the coco oil behind.
Making coconut oil by squeezing fresh coconut meat is called cold pressed coconut oil because it is not usually extracted using high amount of heat or no heat at all.
Uses of your homemade virgin coconut oil
• For low heat cooking such as cooking pancakes and sunny-side-up.
• Our skin has natural oils called sebum that are washed off by soap during a bath. Sebum contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that, when mixed with good bacteria found on the skin, can fight germs and bad bacteria. Coconut oil on skin can make a good replacement of washed oils because like the sebum, it also has MCFAs. Thus, unrefined coconut oil may be used as natural lotion or skin moisturizer.
• Makes a good dietary supplement incorporated in a coconut diet for weight loss and for health. MCFAs in coco oil are believed by nutritionists to improve metabolic performance and thyroid function.