7 Helpful Ways To Use Coconut Oil Around The House
We all know coconut oil is one of the healthiest choices for cooking... But do you know all the ways to use coconut oil around the house?! My love for coconut oil began when I discovered it’s usefulness as a healthy cooking fat. Able to withstand high temperatures while maintaining its integrity, coconut oil is perfect for sautéing and baking. It wasn’t long before I started using coconut oil in DIY skin care products and home remedies as well. Then I starting buying coconut oil in gallon-sized buckets. And never looked back. Having this amount on hand allows me to use coconut oil for anything... and everything. Being able to experiment led me to discover many different ways to use it. My use of coconut oil is no longer limited to cooking or even natural body care. I've branched out to using coconut oil all over my home, too! Read on for 7 helpful ways to use coconut oil around the house.
#1 — Season Cast Iron CookwareCoconut Oil Recommendation: Expeller Pressed or Centrifuge Extracted Proper seasoning is important for any type of cast iron cookware as it creates a protective coating and makes cooking much easier by producing an almost non-stick surface. Various oils have been recommended for seasoning cast iron, but a number of them -- especially vegetable oils -- oxidize at high temperatures, making them unhealthy. Coconut oil is a great choice as it is resistant to heat, maintaining its integrity at very high temperatures. The solid nature of coconut oil makes it easy to apply as well. How to season a cast iron pan or skillet with coconut oil:
- Wash the pan in hot soapy water and dry thoroughly. If pan has rust spots, use a fine scouring pad to remove them. If rust is tough to remove, try sprinkling a little salt in the pan before scouring. Rinse and dry thoroughly before moving to the next step.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a cookie sheet or aluminum foil on the bottom shelf to catch any drips.
- Rub a small amount of coconut oil all over the surface of the pan, including the bottom and handle. The goal is to create a thin coat, so be careful not to use too much. Wipe out any excess oil until only a thin coat remains.
- Place the pan, upside down, on the top shelf of the oven.
- After an hour, turn off the oven and leave pan until cool.
- Pan can be used right away but may take some time to create a true non-stick coating. Seasoning improves with use. If you wish to produce a thicker coating, repeat the steps above 2 or 3 times.
#2 — Condition Wood Cutting BoardsCoconut Oil Recommendation: Expeller Pressed, Cold Pressed, or Centrifuge Extracted Regular conditioning of wooden cutting boards helps maintain a protective finish which prevents the wood from absorbing odors, colors, and juices from foods. Warping and cracking are also avoided with periodic conditioning, thus extending the life of your cutting board. Mineral oil is often suggested for cutting board care, however, it is made from petroleum. I recommend avoiding petroleum at all costs, especially when used in food preparation (even if it says, “Food Grade,” I don’t trust it. It’s still made from petroleum!) Thankfully, it's not necessary to use mineral oil to condition cutting boards as coconut oil works very well, plus it has antibacterial properties, which is an added bonus. If you’re already cooking with coconut oil, you don’t need to buy another oil for only 1 task! (Coconut oil helps you reduce clutter too!) How to condition a wooden cutting board with coconut oil: Note: any coconut oil can be used, but if you wish to avoid any possible coconut flavor, use WFN’s expeller pressed coconut oil.
- Take a small amount of coconut oil (approximately 1-2 teaspoons) and spread it over the entire surface of the cutting board.
- Leave coconut oil to soak into wood before using. This can take a few hours. Leaving overnight is a great option.
- Re-apply coconut oil whenever board begins to look dry.