My daughter in law -- Ann wanted to make me coconut oil. Her father had sent me some at Christmas last year - that he made himself.
She said they make it continuously over in the Phillipines and it is used for everything from cooking to rubbing on your skin or in your hair .
This is the process --by pictures - just to get the meat out of the shell . Poor Ann was not used to it as she hasn't done it for quite sometime. She quickly cut her finger- the teeth on the shredder is very sharp!
My pictures for boiling the milk down are not the best so didn't include them .
After this she took the coconut meat added water and squeezed the meat till the milk came through. This is done over and over until the coconut milk is nearly clear (not milky) . Once all the coconut has been pressed into milk she then boiled the milk . The coconut meat is thrown away, it is of no value now .
Ann boiled the milk down slowly until it turns into the oils. It is solid when cold but liquid when heated up. You always use it warmed in hot water -- so only liquid form-- for your body or hair.
The one bottle that is a tawny colour was sent to me from her father in the Philippines .. the white colour in the measuring cup was the oil Ann made for me. This is all she got for a whole days work and 5 coconuts
The coconuts were bought in the store and came for Dominican Republic - we could not find any coconuts sold that came from the Phillipines . LOL she thinks those coconuts are the best as they grow naturally. Her or family members would just go out their door and climb a tree hack the big pods down - thus the process begins.
Some pictures of the finished product.
The small jar is all that is left from 7 jars at Christmas.
to answer some questions I have added to this blog here-
- the organic or store bought oil has preservatives and other chemicals were this is just pure.
The oil made in Phillipines that I got -- the coconut came straight from the tree.. and all hand done.
The oil Ann made for me we got to use a stove rather then an open fire and the coconut was bought at a store. Ann also strained it more so her oil is clear with no smell. The oil from Phillipines is brown and a strong odour not smelly but it has an aroma kind of like coconut... I like the raw oil in the summer as it actually helps protect skin from sun burn but allows/ makes skin tan up ..