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?
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.
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.
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.
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