My mother, she usually took coconuts to cook various foods. She uses them all, from coconut milk to coconut oil, from coconut meat to coconut juice.
Thai people typically have the coconut trees available in the garden area, around the house.
They can use every other part of coconut for living. That's why coconut tree is named as "Tree of Life."
Here's the list of top 10 tips that I got from my experience of cooking with coconut oil:
Coconut Oil Cooking Tip #1:If you live in the cold West country, you can replace magarine, shortening, and butter with coconut oil (in a white solid form).
It gives you a wonderful taste of coconut. To me, it's really good. You should try it out :)
Coconut Oil Cooking Tip #2:If you live in tropical country, you can simply use coconut oil as a cooking oil. Just replace current vegetable oil with coconut oil, and you will be on the healthy way.
Coconut Oil Cooking Tip #3:"Eat coconut oil? No, I can't," you said.
If you are sick to the oily taste from putting coconut oil into your mouth and swallowing, simply incorporate it with the diet.
You can put coconut oil into your favorite hot drinks like a hot cup of cacao, herbal tea, coffee, or a warm glass of fruit juice.
The best part is you can have the original taste of the drink while all nutrients are still present.
Mixing coconut oil with cold beverage makes the oil become a solid fat. So you should take some warm or hot drink.
For my part, I love adding coconut oil into a glass of warm tomato juice. The taste is very good, like a soup. You should try it yourself.
Coconut Oil Cooking Tip #4:Common drinks are composed of water. When adding coconut oil, the oil usually floats on the surface. To blend it with the drink, you need to stir or shake well, and drink it quickly.
What if you can't drink it all at once? (yeah... it's hot.)
To me, I keep stirring it slowly with a teaspoon before each drink. Doing this ensures that coconut oil is always blended well with the drink.
Coconut Oil Cooking Tip #5:You can incorporate coconut oil to various diets. For example, salad dressing, veggie dishes, fried noodles, noodle soups, other soups, curry, stews, and a lot more.
I take one or two teaspoons of coconut oil for salad dressing. It gives me very good taste.
When I cook Thai chicken curry, I always put one or two tablespoons of coconut oil before serving. I find myself cooking the delectable curry for a wonderful meal. Everyone loves it!
Coconut Oil Cooking Tip #6:You can use coconut oil as an ice-cream topping (kid is loving it).
So do I. I really love to see coconut oil become a white cream covering on top of ice-cream.
And the best part is everyone enjoys the taste of fresh and cool coconut oil ice-cream.
My little girl likes fruit and veggie smoothie. So I tried to make the coconut smoothie, topping with coconut oil for her.
Guess what... She's loving it so much, and ask me if I can make it for her every weekend.
Coconut Oil Cooking Tip #7:Coconut oil is excellent for deep frying. This is because it is rich in saturated fatty acids.
The oil does not become oxidative or hydrogenated (Trans Fats) when cooked with high temp.
Moreover, coconut oil is good for saute. It helps lubricates the pan surface, preventing food comes sticking on the bottom of the pan.
You can rest assured that your favorite omelette or yummy pizza will no longer stick on the bottom of the frying pan or cooking pot.
Coconut Oil Cooking Tip #8:The shelf life of good quality virgin coconut oil should be very long. This is because of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). They work as the powerful antioxidants, keeping the oil from going rancid due to the oxidation.
The lab experiment in Philippines shows the coconut oil leaving in an opened lid jar can last over five years.
However, if the oil goes rancid, don't take it. Why? Because the combination of moisture and coconut oil causes the rancid oil, forming free radical.
So what makes coconut oil the worst is the moisture. "Dry Oil" process is one of the most important methods to removing moisture out of the oil.
If you look for good virgin coconut oil, smelling test can be a basic judgement of buying.
When opened, you should keep coconut oil away from moisture. This can make it last longer.
I always keep coconut oil in a dry place (i.e., refrigerator) after cooking. Doing this can prevent rancidity, and extend the shelf life of coconut oil longer.
Coconut Oil Cooking Tip #9:If you want to remove coconut odor from cooking, simply put the sliced green shallot, union and/or pandan into coconut oil while it's hot in the pan. And you can have your favorite food without any coconut odor.
I prefer to put a couple of sliced fresh kaffir lime leaves in coconut oil while it is slightly warmed in a pan.
Sometimes, I use basil to remove coconut odor. After that, you want to stir it slowly for few minutes, and then scoop it out. Finally, you are ready to cook.
I find this method really works in removing coconut smell and taste out of your favorite food.
Coconut Oil Cooking Tip #10:Now in Thailand, there are many people tend to love virgin olive oil. They said it is the healthy oil and can be used to cook a variety of foods.
Although virgin olive oil has Oleic acid, which is good for health, the saturated fatty acid content is present only 14%. It has a primary 77% of mono-unsaturated fatty acid, and 9% of poly-unsaturated fatty acid.
This property makes olive oil unstable when heated. It can be oxidized and hydrogenated very easily. So, you'd better use virgin olive oil to cook with very little or no heat.
Olive oil is good for salad dressing, saute food with little oil and low temperature cooking.
It's Your Call!If you are going to cook with coconut oil, these top ten coconut oil cooking tips above will help you getting the most health benefits from it. Now, you have a lot different ways to take coconut oil.
Choose what you like to do and... enjoy!