There are at least two common ways to make coconut oil, one uses heat and one doesn’t. Depending on your taste preferences, if you are eating your oil, you can decide which method best suits you. I find the heated version of the oil to taste a bit burnt and after reading the instructions for the heated extraction process you may have a clue as to why.
How to make Coconut Oil, unheated method
First you need to start off with your coconut milk recipe. Here are the instructions for making coconut milk. To stay true to the unheated method, you would want to use cold water when making your coconut milk.
Now that you have your coconut milk, place in inside of a jar and let it sit on the counter for 1-2 days to ferment. Once fermented, transfer your coconut mixture to a more convenient container and let it sit for a few hours to separate.
Once separated, you can siphon the oil off the top being careful not to grab the other non-oil parts of the mixture. Or, you can place the mix, before separation into something like a used water bottle, or other such thin plastic container you are not interested in saving. Let the mixture ferment in the bottle and when it has separated place it into the refrigerator. The oil will solidify on the top and you can cut the bottle to remove the oil.
You may be wondering, what can I do with all this other stuff below my delicious fresh coconut oil, should I just throw it away? You can toss it, or you can use it to make coconut vinegar.
How to make Coconut Oil, heated method
The second commonly used method of coconut oil extraction involves burning off the liquid from the coconut milk process.
Again, start with coconut milk. How to make coconut milk.
Instead of setting this mix aside, we will take the mix and place it into a large saucepan and begin heating. The goal of the process is to burn off all liquid leaving only the oil behind. Essentially, you just keep cooking this mixture until all the liquid is gone. Dep