Virgin Coconut Oil - DIY
The benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) in the body are exemplary. No wonder why this oil is very popular in the market and the very truth that people are turning back to basic, the organic.
Virgin Coconut Oil is the best coconut oil as it is in the purest form. VCO can be both ingested and applied on the skin. Since I am obsessed with this oil, I decided to research how Virgin Coconut Oil is made. There are number of methods in making this oil. The most common methods are using heat as for heat process and no heat for cold process.
The heat process is what I decided to make as it is the easiest and faster to make. Also, I wanted to kill some microbes present in the VCO oil. I will try to make the cold process some other time.
So, the following is my step by step procedure in making virgin coconut oil at home.
Virgin Coconut Oil in the Making
Things you need:
Brown or mature coconut or
Milk Coconut freshly pressed
Plastic container or a jar
Sieve or cheesecloth or cotton
Another clean bottle or container for the final product.
Steps on Virgin Coconut Oil Making: The Heat Process
1. Buy two brown or matured coconuts. The more coconut you buy the more oil it produces\d.
2. Milk the coconut. Put distilled or hot water just necessary to express the milk. Don't put too much water. (I bought mine at the market to save time. Coconut milk are sold in plastics here.)
3. Cook the coconut milk in a low heat, stirring constantly until the curd gets brown.
The result you should get is crystal clear virgin coconut oil.
4. Strain the oil using cheesecloth. I use cotton because it has small microns to use in filtering the oil.