Coconut oil has several uses. It can be used in cooking and baking in place of vegetable oil, but can also be added to bath and beauty products for the pleasant smell as well as hydrating properties. It's found within the coconut milk, which is extracted from the meat of the coconut. Extracting coconut oil at home is a simple process that can be done without any special equipment.

Extracting Coconut Oil in an Easy Way

Split open the coconut and collect the liquid in a container. Set aside the coconut water.

Cut the coconut into several chunks to make it easier to handle.

Grate the coconut meat using a food grater.

Place the coconut meat in a piece of cheesecloth and wrap the cloth around the coconut.

Squeeze the cheesecloth with your hands over a container to release the coconut milk. You will need to do this several times until no more liquid is released.

Soak the pressed cheesecloth in the coconut water for several minutes. Squeeze the cloth again to release any additional coconut milk.

Place the container with the coconut milk in the refrigerator for 10 to 17 hours to allow the solids and oil to separate from the milk.

Remove any coconut solids from the top of the container to access the oil. The oil will be the colorless, coconut scented liquid on top. Below the oil is a layer of coconut water.


Choose mature, freshly picked coconuts to produce the greatest amount of coconut oil.

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