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Coconut oil - how long to keep?

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    Posted: 14 May 2012 at 4:22pm
How long can you use coconut oil once it's been opened?  I bought a container and since a little goes a long way, I'm still using it.  Just wondering if it will go bad?  I typically scoop out some into a small container that I keep at the changing table and refill that as needed.  But at what point do I toss what's left in the big container and get a new one?
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Coconut oil is one of the most shelf stable oils. Your container should last until it is gone. It is also a super healthy food/supplement!
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I just read that raw coconut oil has a shelf life of 3 years.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gbabies Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2012 at 3:43pm
Originally posted by Sprouts Mama Sprouts Mama wrote:

How long can you use coconut oil once it's been opened?  I bought a container and since a little goes a long way, I'm still using it.  Just wondering if it will go bad?  I typically scoop out some into a small container that I keep at the changing table and refill that as needed.  But at what point do I toss what's left in the big container and get a new one?
How do you like it?  It is working well for you?  I have thought about buying some but never have . . . some many of the products we use, including CJ's, contains it and I have only read positive things about it Smile
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Originally posted by rustygriffen rustygriffen wrote:

I just read that raw coconut oil has a shelf life of 3 years.


That is awesome!  It may take that long to use it unless I start using it to cook as well. LOL

gbabies, I love it!  I use it a couple times a day on DS and we never have issues with rash.  If he starts to get a little pink, I just put it on him for 2 or 3 diaper changes in a row (although generally it's gone with 1 application).  He did get some redness on his boy part after having diarrhea from a stomach virus.  The pediatrician told me to use a "thick coat" of diaper cream "so thick that it's solid white and you can't see skin".  We were supposed to do that every diaper change for a few days.  I smiled and went home and just put coconut oil on him, same amount I always use, but did it for every diaper change.  It calmed down very quickly.  I kept doing that for several days because when I'd skip more than 1 time, he'd get red again (but he was continuing to suffer the results of the virus so it was getting irritated over and over).  Once his tummy calmed down, it was just a couple more days and then I started skipping applications again.  Hope that wasnt' TMI, but I was trying to say, that it worked as well as the desitin and stuff that people swear by but without having to coat him so much.  And I got a tub of it for $5 almost a year ago and I doubt I'm half way through it so you can't beat the price. 

The added benefit of using coconut oil as diaper cream is that if the baby gets some on his/her hand and then tries to put their hand in their mouth, it's food instead of some chemical.  (I still do my best to prevent this, bus sometimes I don't have enough hands to change him and keep his hands where I want them.)
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I am finding so much more uses for my coconut oil everyday :)   

out of curiousity Sprouts Mama, do you use a liner when you put the oil on?
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I never used a liner when I used it and had no trouble with it washing out.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote GoldenEmpress Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2012 at 11:55pm
I also never use a liner and haven't had a problem.  I've been using my tub since DS was born and I think I'm only about half way through.  A little certainly does go a very long way!
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Like PP, I've never used a liner for it and I've never had a problem.    My SIL sent me a link recently that listed over 50 uses for coconut oil, I may try a few since I have plenty.  :)
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Ironically, just found saw this list on Facebook.  So here are some more for you.  (I'm the best sil!)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sprouts Mama Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 May 2012 at 11:56am
Yes you are (just don't tell the other 2 LOL)

Hey did you notice use #44? 

44. Nausea – rub some coconut oil on the inside for the wrist and forearm to calm an upset stomach.

Now if that works, I'm the best SIL!  LOL
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I use it for EVERYTHING! Skin, hair, DS's tushie, cuts, scrapes, sore nipples, moisturizer/lotion, cooking, eating, baking, and I make freezer chocolates out of it for a supplement. A 54 oz tub lasts a month or so around here. Maybe less. I would definitely keep a smaller portion aside for diapering so that you don't contaminate the tub with germs. I heard that it keeps for years as well.
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Originally posted by samsmum samsmum wrote:

I use it for EVERYTHING! Skin, hair, DS's tushie, cuts, scrapes, sore nipples, moisturizer/lotion, cooking, eating, baking, and I make freezer chocolates out of it for a supplement. A 54 oz tub lasts a month or so around here. Maybe less. I would definitely keep a smaller portion aside for diapering so that you don't contaminate the tub with germs. I heard that it keeps for years as well.
And then you just eat the freezer chocolates?  Are they good (meaning, tase good)?  Is it just the raw coconut you freeze or do you add something to it?
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I add coco powder and maple syryp . They taste good. You can add coconut or anything else for that matter. I made peanut butter cups the other day. I'm trying to get away from sweets so I go easy on the sweetner but it does help. I don't think I'd enjoy them without the sweet factor. You could probably keep them in the fridge as well. I use silicone mini muffin containers as molds. The perfect size. For the peanut butter cups I poured a thin layer in silicone regular sized muffin cups and froze. Then I added the peanut butter and froze. then another layer of coconut oil/coco powder mix and froze again. They were a bit bigger of a portion portio. With the silicone it's so easy to get them out of the pan. I just store them in freezer bags.
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Thank you for enabling me mamas . Just bought a jar of coconut oil at the grocery store. Can't wait to cook with it...and try some on DD's cute bum.
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