Have you ever wondered how you extract a virtually clear oil from the flesh of a coconut? Thanks to our friend Leba who produces our Coconut Oil for ShopconsciousBeauty.com, she is sharing the secrets of her Virgin Coconut Oil production with our conscience friends.
Leba: “The matured nuts are husked in the first step, then cracked in half to expose the flesh. The white flesh or meat of the coconut often used in coconut flavoring, cooking or snacking is then grated and squeezed to extract the coconut milk. ”
Conscience Products: “So you actually are squeezing the hard shreds of coconut flesh to make a liquid base?”
Leba: ” Yes, it can be a hard process too make a litre of Virgin Coconut Oil, we have to grate 12 to 14 coconuts depending on the size. The next step involves taking the coconut milk produced from squeezing the dessicated white meat; One cup of coconut milk and 1 cup of rain water are together poured into a bucket. We always stay with the ratio 1:1 The container is then sealed and air tightened to rest for 24 hours at room temperature.
Conscience Products: “What happens in the settling process during these 24hours?”
Leba: “This is the fermentation process. After 24 hours, when using a see through or transparent container then we can identify 5 separate layers.
The very top layer is coconut cream which we scoop out, and place in a stainless steel basin in the sun and likely get some oil out of it which is considered 2nd grade oil quality from the first layer. The second layer is the Virgin Coconut Oil which is scooped out and put in a stainless steel basin and put out in the sun to allow the evaporation of any water particles still in the oil. This can be carried out for another 3 to 4 days depending on the amount of sunlight during the process. When the coconut oil is clean and clear then we simply bottle them in glass bottles. Plastic is not recommended because the oil can react to it, nor is it sustainable for our environment.
Conscience Products: ” We hear a lot about cold pressed coconut oil, vs the use of heat, can you explain the difference to us?”
Leba: “Using this cold pressed method of making Virgin Coconut Oil, is the best way to retain all properties that are beneficial to our health and the reason for using coconut oil in the first place. To identify whether the coconut oil is fermented (Cold Pressed) or not, we can see through the colour. A yellowish colour in the oil signifies the use of heat and an oil that has been depleted of the valuable nutrients.”