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I was reading an old profile of a 19-year-old Nigerian girl in Lagos, Iffy, on Black Girl with Long Hair, who seemed to have been having issues finding oils and shea butter for her hair. I posted a reply, which led me to type this up.
Coconut oil is wonderful but pure coconut oil (that doesn’t have suspect oils added to it) is scarce in these parts, so why not make your own? Before the last time I got sick, I made some coconut oil! Technically, I didn’t make it myself because I was sick, but my dear mom had my cook make some. So I don’t have any photos of the process :-( It’s a simple one, so next time I make it, I’ll have photos. Now, this is the heat method. Some folks might not like it, but we don’t have cold presses in my neck of the woods–or, at least, I haven’t found any. I’m happy with my coconut oil. It smells like freshly baked cakes when it’s done cooking and when it cools, it smells like coconut candy. Mmmm.
There are cold press methods online for those who may have a problem with this method.
What you’ll need to make approx. 4 oz. of coconut oil (depending on the size of your coconuts):
– 5 coconuts
– Strainer (or straining cloth)
– Large bowl
– Large pot
– Clean jar (that holds at least 8 oz.)
What you do:
– Grate the coconut flesh. Throw it in the blender to get it really fine.
– Put the grated coconut in a strainer over the large bowl and slowly pour hot/boiling water over it, pressing it down to get all the milk out. When you’re done, you’ll have coconut milk in the bowl.
– Boil the coconut milk in the pot over high heat until the water evaporates, leaving coconut cream at the bottom and oil on top.
– Skim the oil off the top (or pour it carefully) into the jar, and you’ve got your coconut oil. 5 coconuts should yield about 4 oz. of oil.
– Refrigerate your oil when you’re not using it.
– Enjoy your oil!
The coconut cream is great as a conditioner or use it in coconut rice. Mm, tasty.
My tailor brought me a small bottle of coconut oil she got at the market after hearing me talk about it. That was so sweet of her! Unfortunately, though, I couldn’t use it. Remember the added suspect oils? Yeah, so her coconut oil smelled like rotten meat or something very similar. Felt bad about throwing it out because it was a gift, but I have a kid who gets into everything. Sigh.