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What can I do with rancid coconut oil?

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Created February 21, 2012 at 3:56 AM

In November I bought a jar of extra-virgin cold-pressed organic coconut oil. I stored it in a cupboard near the stove.. which turned out to not have been such a good idea when my mom made tamales in a giant steamer and the oil totally liquified and heated up! It still seemed useable afterward, but when I returned home after having been away for a few months, the oil both looked & smelled just... kinda funny. There are dark spots on the surface, and it just smells kinda of.. soapy? Definitely different from the way it was when I purchased it. I decided not to ingest any more of it just to be on the safe side!

My question is: Can I make this probably-rancid coconut oil useful in any way? Maybe as a leave-in conditioner, or as an ingredient in a moisturizer, or... anything? Or would it be my best bet to just toss it?

Thanks in advance (:

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0 · October 11, 2013 at 7:58 PM

I ignored all the negative nancies and tried this on some rancid coconut oil, it actually worked! Smelled mighty nasty while cooking the oil but then I added a little bit of water, let it boil for a bit, then set it by an open door to air out, now I tasted and smelled it and it doesn't appear to be rancid at all. Good thing too because this isn't just any coconut oil, I dissolved a large amount of THC in it.

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2199 · September 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

+1 George......

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405 · March 04, 2012 at 4:51 AM

I bought another jar. Best to err on the side of caution and deliciousness. (:

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0 · March 03, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Matt Matt Matt.....

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7592 · February 29, 2012 at 5:07 AM

Yay...That's great!

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405 · February 29, 2012 at 4:31 AM

Thanks! I totally understand the argument for tossing it, BUT I decided it's probably better for my (hair) ends than the cream prodcuts I usually use (which are laden with chemicals and ingredients I can't pronounce)

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405 · February 29, 2012 at 4:30 AM

I chose your answer as the best because that's what I've been using it for ;p and it's worked swimmingly! Thanks (:

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11099 · February 21, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Yes, in total agreement...rancid oil is like war (what is it good for? Absolutely nothin')...

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7592 · February 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I kind of like "Rub it on yo'self." Haa haa.

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41452 · February 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Toxic?! C'mon. We really can't say what the problem is. It could be particulates that were in the oil to begin with, or were introduced at some point. The smell? What she mean by soapy? Soap itself has no smell unless you add a fragrance, now if it tastes soapy, that's another thing.

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4124 · February 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Happy Now, great ideas. :) I would add: make soap.

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1614 · February 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM

My answer was going to be, "Rub it on yo'self," but I like this better.

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4347 · February 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Matt- If the oil smells bad and has black spots on it, I can almost guarantee it's toxic to eat. Coconut oil shouldn't smell foul. Whether the oil itself was rancid or got some kind of contaminate in it, it's probably not safe to eat like that.

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41452 · February 21, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Sure it can, but who's to say this is rancid? Oh wait, paleo true believers can detect the slightest trace of rancidity in food...

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12847 · February 21, 2012 at 1:38 PM

bad idea. Coconut oil definitely can go rancid.

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24538 · February 21, 2012 at 8:29 AM

You have no idea how long I've been waiting for someone to call me Macgyver (of any variety)! Thank you, you just made my evening, maybe my week. :)

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24538 · February 21, 2012 at 8:27 AM

You have no idea how long I've been waiting for someone to call me anything-Macguyver! Thank you, you just made my evening, maybe my week. :)

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2175 · February 21, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Paleo Macguyver!

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7592 · February 21, 2012 at 4:39 AM

YES. Use it in the shower instead of soap or very little on your hair (ends) for a few hours before you shower.

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7592 · February 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I kind of like "Rub it on yo'self." Haa haa.

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1614 · February 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM

My answer was going to be, "Rub it on yo'self," but I like this better.

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7592 · February 29, 2012 at 5:07 AM

Yay...That's great!

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405 · February 29, 2012 at 4:30 AM

I chose your answer as the best because that's what I've been using it for ;p and it's worked swimmingly! Thanks (:

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24538 · February 21, 2012 at 7:46 AM

  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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24538 · February 21, 2012 at 8:29 AM

You have no idea how long I've been waiting for someone to call me Macgyver (of any variety)! Thank you, you just made my evening, maybe my week. :)

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24538 · February 21, 2012 at 8:27 AM

You have no idea how long I've been waiting for someone to call me anything-Macguyver! Thank you, you just made my evening, maybe my week. :)

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4124 · February 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Happy Now, great ideas. :) I would add: make soap.

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2175 · February 21, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Paleo Macguyver!

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20519 · February 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Egads, I can't believe I'm going to be negative and say.. toss it. I would never cook with a booze that I wouldn't drink and this falls into that category in a way. Why would I want something that I would not utilize as a food item yet it's ok in my surroundings and to put on myself? I'm all for attempting to save something but an all encompassing healthy environment IMO is more important that trying to repurpose something that is off.

I live in NY and my shoes sit nicely outside my front door because I know what's on those streets - pee/poo/blood.. you name it. No way is that coming inside. Same deal for me with something spoilt.

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Go to Trader Joe's and just get a nice jar of their organic coconut oil for $5.99. Or two and use one for cooking and one for the great tips-n-tricks that have been offered up.

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11099 · February 21, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Yes, in total agreement...rancid oil is like war (what is it good for? Absolutely nothin')...

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405 · February 29, 2012 at 4:31 AM

Thanks! I totally understand the argument for tossing it, BUT I decided it's probably better for my (hair) ends than the cream prodcuts I usually use (which are laden with chemicals and ingredients I can't pronounce)

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30 · August 10, 2012 at 2:48 AM

Under no circumstances eat it, cook with it, NOR put it on your skin and hair!! Count your losses and toss it, no matter what you paid for it. It IS going to harm your health! Rancid oils will build up free radical in your body which leads to many health problems like diabetes and even cancer and it promotes aging. Remember your skin is your biggest organ. Anything you put on it will go right into your system. There is no difference between eating it or putting it on your skin and hair.

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2199 · September 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

+1 George......

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8255 · May 03, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Odd that it went "bad". It's supposed to be one of the more stable fats near heat. I'd just toss it and get another. Life's too short to screw around with it.

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0 · May 03, 2013 at 1:24 PM

When the coconut oil goes rancid, it proves it is pure and without additives. Long ago we use to cook with such oil everyday. To "de-rancify" it, you must heat it up to its boiling point, and brisk in quickly a few drops of water. Remove from fire and put aside to cool down. This should not be done in a closed kitchen, or else the rancid irritating gas will send everybody coughing (cleaning your lungs at the same time). I love my rancid coconut oil. It also works wonders when rubbed together with some menthol on the back and chest of a person with high fevers. Do not despair, everything goes bad, but coconut oil can be reverted and reused. Rub a little in your hand and rub your palms together, feel the natural smell, rub the back of your hands and finger tips - feel the softness. Rub your ankles and heels as well

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0 · October 11, 2013 at 7:58 PM

I ignored all the negative nancies and tried this on some rancid coconut oil, it actually worked! Smelled mighty nasty while cooking the oil but then I added a little bit of water, let it boil for a bit, then set it by an open door to air out, now I tasted and smelled it and it doesn't appear to be rancid at all. Good thing too because this isn't just any coconut oil, I dissolved a large amount of THC in it.

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0 · September 30, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Dear Mick !!!

U see i make organic virgin at home since i have a farm. what i do is sell it once it is settled (after impurities rest down) i immediately sell it to salon and massage parlor in Goa and Bombay.

If it turns foul/ rancid, i used it as a table lamp, dinner lamp- just as we have a candle light dinner, or i use it for the oil lamp that lights up my Cross at the garden.

regards antonio dias Goa ne further questions- mail me at ---- antoniodias@rediffmail.com

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1317 · June 20, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Put it in the tank of your diesel.

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0 · March 03, 2012 at 3:12 AM

Matt Matt Matt.......

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41452 · February 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I'm guessing it's not rancid. It's more saturated than other fats that last next to forever. Scrape off the black spots and try cooking with it.

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12847 · February 21, 2012 at 1:38 PM

bad idea. Coconut oil definitely can go rancid.

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41452 · February 21, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Sure it can, but who's to say this is rancid? Oh wait, paleo true believers can detect the slightest trace of rancidity in food...

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4347 · February 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Matt- If the oil smells bad and has black spots on it, I can almost guarantee it's toxic to eat. Coconut oil shouldn't smell foul. Whether the oil itself was rancid or got some kind of contaminate in it, it's probably not safe to eat like that.

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41452 · February 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Toxic?! C'mon. We really can't say what the problem is. It could be particulates that were in the oil to begin with, or were introduced at some point. The smell? What she mean by soapy? Soap itself has no smell unless you add a fragrance, now if it tastes soapy, that's another thing.

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0 · March 03, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Matt Matt Matt.....

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405 · March 04, 2012 at 4:51 AM

I bought another jar. Best to err on the side of caution and deliciousness. (:

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