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Coconut oil: to refrigerate, or not to refrigerate?

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Created April 22, 2011 at 4:50 AM

I've got a jar of Jarrow and a jar of Nutiva, both organic extra virgin coconut oil. One says refrigerate (Jarrow) and the other says no need for refrigeration. The only difference I can see is that Jarrow is expeller pressed and Nutiva is cold pressed.

Any input on what is better? Has anyone had coconut oil go bad outside of the refrigerator? (or should I be eating the stuff much, much faster?!)

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5201 · August 31, 2013 at 9:46 PM

It's ok to refrigerate coconut oil but it can get very hard, as someone wrote above about needing a pick to get it out of the jar. I keep my jar on the counter. If it's warm and melty then I can just pour a bit out into my pan without having another utensil to wash.

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3432 · January 24, 2013 at 11:12 PM

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3432 · January 24, 2013 at 10:54 PM

The only time it went rancid on me was when I infused it with cannabis. I think the heating process is what did it.

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334 · April 24, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Thanks! I had a jar of Spectrum that I must've gotten some funk in at some point, because it went moldy. So far the Nutiva is fine in the cupboard, although at room temperature it's a little too easy to snack on.

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334 · April 24, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Wish I had that link a couple days ago! :)

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1932 · April 22, 2011 at 10:32 PM

I have bought some brands that are just awful. Maybe you got one of those? I bought five gallons of Tropical Traditions last July; we have less than a gallon left0. All the way to the bottom, it has been perfect, stored in our unheated-uncooled garage. If you don't mind being preached at, they are a good resource. We always put our "current" stash in a 2-cup or smaller container and refill from the larger buckets. That way if something gets contaminated, it 1) won't hurt the whole supply and 2) it gets eaten before we know there's something "wrong" with it.

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3631 · April 22, 2011 at 3:50 PM

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767 · April 22, 2011 at 5:07 AM

coconut oil is practically all saturated fat, and thus very shelf-stable. i never refrigerate my coconut oil, unless i want to have it harden up for some reason. i know paleos that like to eat it with a spoon, so i guess you'd want to have it solidify so you can spoon it out easier.

otherwise, there's no need to worry about storing coconut oil outside. one thing though- just make sure you don't get other stuff in there/ contaminate it with other foods, bc that will make the whole thing rancid. one time, i dipped a piece of dark chocolate in there, not realizing that a bit sank to the bottom. well, that dark chocolate had some sugar in it that must have fermented bc the jar of coconut oil seemed off. as long as you're being clean with it (no double dipping! hehe) your coconut oil will stay good for A VERY LONG TIME.

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3432 · January 24, 2013 at 10:54 PM

The only time it went rancid on me was when I infused it with cannabis. I think the heating process is what did it.

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334 · April 24, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Thanks! I had a jar of Spectrum that I must've gotten some funk in at some point, because it went moldy. So far the Nutiva is fine in the cupboard, although at room temperature it's a little too easy to snack on.

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10 · January 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

I followed the Jarrow directions and refrigerated mine too - but now it is impossible to get out out of the jar :( I need a pik!

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3631 · April 22, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Coconut oil does not easily oxidize and also has inherent antimicrobial properties. I've never refrigerated it, and never had any issues, even in summer weather with melting/re-solidifying. Absolutely no problems. I keep the jar closed of course (fats easily absorb odors). I just emptied a 26oz jar of Nutiva that took me 3+ months to use, it never saw temps under 65??. Over the years I've used WF's 365 brand, and others w/o issue.

If the Jarrow brand says refrigerate, then do it for that one, don't worry about the others.

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0 · August 31, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Well I keep mine in kitchen cabinet....but would feel better about putting it in refrigerator. It would seem more sanitary and clean. I sometimes use for cooking eggs for breakfast on special occasions and would love for it to be more solid like butter. Also I put sometimes on steamed vegetables with a little sea salt and it taste great! Also sometimes put in smoothie! Also use in my natural lotions and skincare products.

I know you can keep it on shelf....but will it be okay to refrigerate?

Thanks!

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5201 · August 31, 2013 at 9:46 PM

It's ok to refrigerate coconut oil but it can get very hard, as someone wrote above about needing a pick to get it out of the jar. I keep my jar on the counter. If it's warm and melty then I can just pour a bit out into my pan without having another utensil to wash.

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0 · May 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Costco (Canada) charges $10.99 for 64 ounces [Virgin cold-pressed Wilderness Family Naturals]

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5650 · January 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM

i've never refrigerated mine and it's fine. if i'm cooking though, it does melt since cabinet is next to the stovetop/oven.

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4359 · April 22, 2011 at 1:12 PM

I find that despite what everyone says, raw coconut ol goes bad (gets an off taste & smell) rather quickly. I refrigerate it and, even then, don't keep it for more than a few months.

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1932 · April 22, 2011 at 10:32 PM

I have bought some brands that are just awful. Maybe you got one of those? I bought five gallons of Tropical Traditions last July; we have less than a gallon left0. All the way to the bottom, it has been perfect, stored in our unheated-uncooled garage. If you don't mind being preached at, they are a good resource. We always put our "current" stash in a 2-cup or smaller container and refill from the larger buckets. That way if something gets contaminated, it 1) won't hurt the whole supply and 2) it gets eaten before we know there's something "wrong" with it.

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9948 · April 22, 2011 at 5:08 AM

We use the Nutiva in 54oz containers from http://www.vitacost.com about $21/54oz Last order was free shipping.

The taste and smell is just a little coconuty but no overwhelming. We never refrigerate ours. We use about 6 containers a year. In the fridge it is rock hard. Turns to liquid at 76 F.

Have never used any other brand. Have heard good things about Tropical Traditions.

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3432 · January 24, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Thank you for posting this link. Great deal...

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334 · April 24, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Wish I had that link a couple days ago! :)

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3631 · April 22, 2011 at 3:50 PM

whoa! super-cheap! thx for the link.

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