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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Homemade Coconut Oil

Coconut used to be the baddie for health concerned people.
All things coconut were bad! Curries were creamed with milk or creamers and coconut was shunned.
The local community said No No No to coconut laden food.

I on the other hand, have always loved coconut and didn't bother with all those health issues. I'm glad I never did.

But lately these few years... Coconut oil has been 'crowned' as health food!
Wooooo....... great news isn't it?
Coconut oil began appearing at health food stores, here there everywhere.

Some people swear by cold press coconut oil...but if you ask me, it actually smells like rancid coconut milk. Like coconut milk gone bad! Well, how can it not be, cold press coconut oil is derived from fermented coconut milk, imagine our fresh coconut milk left on the warm counter overnight.... it ferments and that's how it smells.

I prefer rendered coconut oil. Made from fresh coconut milk, heated until all the moisture is gone, strained to remove the curds and what I'm left with is beautiful fragrant coconut oil that doesn't remind me of unwashed hair. The smell of rendered coconut milk reminded me of kuih kapit... heaven isn't it?

It's my personal view.... you might differ.

You know what... I find it funny when some people regard coconut oil as healthy but says dishes cooked with coconut milk isn't..... The coconut milk taboo is still strong in our community. I can't understand the misunderstanding.

the amount of coconut oil from 1/2 a little :)

How to do it?
1. Place coconut milk in a pan, and heat it up, stirring it gently. I used medium heat.
2. Cook until curds form and the curds are brown and crispy.
3. Strain the oil. Let it cool down and bottle up.

How long does it take to get the oil out?
As long as it takes.

It depends on your heat used,
It depends on your cooking vessel
It depends on the amount of coconut oil
It depends on how much water content the coconut milk has. More water in it, the longer it takes.

What type of coconut milk did I use?
Freshly extracted coconut milk bought from the wet market.
Stale coconut milk makes rancid smelling coconut oil that I personally do not prefer.

You can extract your own by putting grated coconut into a muslin bag, roll it up and wring it hard over a large bowl to collect the milk. You can add water if you want, but the simmering time will be extended due to the added water.

How much coconut oil will one get from a cup of coconut milk?
It's roughly 3-4 Tbsp.

But that depends on how the milk is extracted.
If water is added into the extraction, there's less oil in a cup.
If the coconut meat was soaked in water before it is machine shredded, there will be less oil per cup.

It also depends on the maturity of the coconut.
The younger it is, the less oil it has.

The picture below is when I simmered 900ml of coconut milk and got around 200ml of coconut oil. Didn't measure the outcome with a scale or cup, but it almost filled up my 250ml jar nicely.

How to use the curds?
The curds can be eaten as snacks or used to sprinkle on desserts, like on Maja Blanca.
You can use it to sprinkle on kuih kole kacang as well.
I think it will taste great on pancakes, waffles or ice cream.

Maja Blanca


  1. Thank you for the great tip!
    Getting fresh coconut milk sounds great. All I can find in the US is something called coconut milk (refrigerated), full of all sorts of thickeners etc., or canned coconut milk, which many times contain all sorts of chemicals (to preserve and such).
    I know there's a way to make it out of dry shredded coconut, but it's hard (and expensive!) to get a good quality shredded coconut.
    Maybe I should make an effort to make it out of fresh coconut.

    By the way, I can't get to your blog from Pinterest, and now I can't even pin a post! You might want to check into it, and see why they blocked your site.

  2. Hi Wendy, very interesting post! I do feel curious about coconut milk too...kejap said it is bad for health, kejap said it is good for confuse! My prof said santan shld be good...see our nenek moyang had consumed them for so long time pun ok saja.. everything fresh (not process) should be alright.I bought one bottle homemade coconut oil from my hometown...the color of the oil just like your..but it smell not only coconut but also palm i suspect they added palm oil into it..or else it wound be so expensive..

  3. Irit,
    Coconut milk spoils very easily, and therefore, I think it's inevitable that they will do something to it to make it keep longer. It easily splits and an emulsifier is needed to keep it homogenized. I'm thankful that fresh coconut is ample here.
    Maybe you can try Vietnamese stores and get their frozen grated coconut. Then extract the coconut milk from the grated coconut by wringing it in a muslin cloth.
    Thanks for the heads up regarding Pinterest... it's a pain in the ass as i'm logging in to blogger with and this url has no issues with Pinterest. Maybe it's US's url that has issues. Blogspot url changes according to countries.

    It's healthy.
    But then again... don't drink it by the cupful, LOL.

  4. Thanks Wendy for this post! So many recipes, I will bookmark this blog.


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