Coconut Oil Cooking Tips You Need To Master

If you've ever been confused by what a "smoke point" is and whether or not you should care about it, don't worry, you're not alone. Here's the gist of things: a smoke point describes the temperature at which the compounds in the oil begin to burn and — get this — smoke.

Be mindful of coconut oil's smoke point

It's basically the line in the sand, after which cooking oil overheats. While folks tend to get in a tissy about burnt oil's production of free radicals, as this article with The Washington Post underscores, this isn't a legitimate concern for most home cooks.

Be mindful of coconut oil's smoke point

Unlike other plant-based cooking oils, coconut oil is almost entirely made up of saturated fat — which is what you are presumably using it for!

Remember to use in moderation

The nutrition website at Harvard University recommends ensuring that the conditions are cool and dark if you store your coconut oil in the pantry.

Store your coconut oil properly

A refrigerator is also an option, though let's be honest, most of us are looking for opportunities to free up real estate in whatever section of your fridge you store your condiments, pickled things, and miscellanea.

Store your coconut oil properly

One of the key characteristics of coconut oil that distinguish it from other cooking fats is that it is solid at temperatures below 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Get familiar with coconut oil's melting point

There's nothing quite like forgetting to grease a pan. After all that hard work, all you can do is stare your error in the face — spatula in hand, helpless against what has become a crispy, unpliable mess.

Use it to melt all your greasing needs

If the virgin versus non-virgin olive oil conundrum stresses you out, you may have been dismayed to find a similarly confusing distinction in the realm of coconut oil. But fear not — it's not that difficult to learn the difference.

Understand the difference between unrefined and refined coconut oil

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