Q: We all know that coconut oil is considered healthful, fatty and heavy for the stomach. The secret is we have to consume it in moderation. Therefore, coconut oil will appear in your kitchen and bathroom as a nutritious and beauty-returning product. Women mostly melt coconut oil in the microwave to make hair masks or they would add it to the dishes to make them smell and taste better. Is it safe to microwave coconut oil?
Will Coconut Oil Be Less Nutritious After Microwaving?
Just like any other oil, coconut one will lose its nutritious values if heated above the point when it is heated above the maximum temperature allowed.
The coconut oil’s smoke point is 175C, and the microwave oven set at high power has the temperature of 110C.
Obviously, you may take precautionary measures, control the process of microwaving and safely microwave the coconut oil for the desired recipes.
If the heating surpasses the smoke point, the coconut oil will start to denature, which means it’ll become unhealthy. Remember that the coconut oil is rich in calories and fats, so keep an eye on reasonable amounts of it in your daily ration.
How to Microwave Coconut Oil?
Now that you know that the coconut oil is quite friendly, you may take a heat-resistant container, place the amount of coconut oil needed, and microwave it for about 15 seconds at high power.
The main thing here is to repeatedly take the container out of the microwave oven and stir well the coconut oil.
So the next step after you stir it is to microwave again for another 15 seconds.
If you are afraid of overheating it, just let the remaining solid parts in the oil melt outside the microwave oven, stir well the liquid or just place the container with it in a bowl with hot water.
Remember that the amount of the coconut oil will slightly reduce after melting (100ml will become 91 g at 30 degrees Celsius.)
Therefore, if you need a certain amount of liquid coconut oil, better take a few milliliters more of the solid oil.
If you would still like a healthier method of melting coconut oil using microwave, do the following:
- Take a microwave-safe bowl
- Pour in a glass of water
- Microwave it for 30 seconds to warm up
- Take it out and place your container of the coconut oil in the bowl
- Give it 5 minutes to melt
Can I Make Coconut Oil at Home Using Microwave?
As a matter of fact yes. You can produce the coconut oil yourself, although it might take you much time and forces.
This is called a low-temperature method for home coconut oil production. If you still want to try it, follow the steps:
- Take a dry coconut or sugar free coconut flakes
- Cut the flesh into small pieces and use a microwave oven to dry them
- The process should take you 8 hours at low power until fully dried
- Place coconut flakes in a juice squeezer to receive the ‘juice’
- You will have to repeat the process with the same coconut flakes
- Put the received mixture into a glass jar and wait for 24 hours
- You will see coconut butter on the top
- Use a spoon to replace oil into another container when it’s solid
How to Bake Strawberry Muffins with Coconut Oil in the Microwave?
You’ve never tried anything that delicious. In plus, this recipe is as easy as one two three. You just need fresh strawberry and coconut oil to fill your room with the festive aroma of summer.
Strawberry – 6 pcs
Egg – 1 pc
Coconut flour – 2.5 tbs
Honey – 1 tsp
Coconut oil – 1 tsp
Baking powder – ¼ tsp
Chop the strawberry using blender.
Take a large microwave-safe mug, mix honey and coconut oil there and microwave for 5-10 seconds. Then add it to the strawberry and blend again. Pour the mass into the mug again.
Add an egg and beat the mixture.
Now is the turn of the coconut flour and baking soda. Add them to the mug and stir thoroughly.
Cook for 3 minutes in the microwave oven.