Does Coconut Oil Go Bad?

Does coconut oil go bad? Coconut oil is a vegetables oils that is used as a staple fat source in tropical countries.  And because of this, there is a partial myth that coconut oil is more stable then other vegetable oils and does not go bad, or "rancid".  Coconut oil can go bad but it tends to be more forgiving then other vegetable oils.

How To Store Coconut Oil

Most vegetables oils should be stored in the pantry or in the fridge. Coconut oil gives you a little wider area of choices. You can store it in the pantry, in the fridge or in room temperature. The thing you need to know is that its melting point is around 75 °F (ca. 24 °C). If there’s hotter in the room where you keep it, it should be liquid. If there are a few degrees less, it’ll be of jelly consistency. If it’s even lower, the oil will be solid…
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How To Keep Coconut Oil from Going Bad Quicker

When you scoop coconut oil from it's container do it with a newly cleaned spoon or other utensil.  Some people prefer to use their fingers to scoop the oil out of their containers.  Hands and fingers can easily be a bacteria and mold spoors breeding ground.  If you are going to use your hands, make sure you wash well before dipping into your jar.  Personally, I prefer to play it safe and use clean spoon.

How To Store Coconut Oil to Keep It Fresh?

Just like other oils, coconut oil can be damaged from heat, light and oxygen. The container should be sealed tightly and keep it out of direct sunlight.  You can store coconut oil at room temperature.  But the hotter the temperature the faster coconut oil will go bad.  So in the heat of the summer it's best to keep it in a cooler room, in a dark pantry or cupboard. 

Should Coconut Oil Be Refrigerated?

Putting it in the refrigerator is also good but just know that it will get very hard and be more difficult to use.

My personal method is to keep a small jar on the counter where I prepare meals and refill it from the large container I keep in the fridge.

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Shelf Life Of Coconut Oil

All coconut oil containers should have a "use-by date" or some other date or expiration.  These dates can be from one and a half years and sometimes even as long as 4 years.  Most coconut oil should be okay up to a year and a half after manufacturing (all other things being equal).  However, do keep an eye on it and look for signs your coconut oil has gone bad.

How To Tell If Coconut Oil Has Gone Bad

Since coconut oil, like all saturated fat oils, is quite stable but it can go bad.  The reasons for it going bad are 

  1. Age
  2. Using dirty utensils or fingers in the container.
  3. Improper storage.

What To Check To Tell If Coconut Oil Has Gone Bad

When coconut oil starts to go bad it smells a little off and frequently is beginning to yellow or loose the clarity.  So the first this is to look at it for any changes in color, and smell it for signs it is rancid.

Quite often, when it is going bad, you will start to see mold form on the top.  Some people are comfortable with removing this top layer, maybe an inch or so, and continuing to use the oil underneath.  If the oil is solid and there is not too much mold, it's probably okay to do that. 

If the oil is liquid and you can notice any mold, I’d throw it away immediately. If it looks fine, smell it and taste if. If it hasn’t developed an off odor or strange taste, it’s fine and you can use it.

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Are There Any Uses for Rancid Coconut Oil?

Just because it has gone bad does not mean it is necessarily useless.  Here is a partial list of ideas for it's use after it can not be eaten:

  1. furniture polish
  2. oil cutting boards
  3. oil sewing machines
  4. melt with equal parts bee's wax for pomade
  5. silence squeaky door hinges
  6. finish the process and actually make soap out of it
  7. make candles

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