My coworkers at SwansonVitamins.com and I love coconut oil, along with millions of others in the world.
Previously, we’ve compiled 50 ways to use coconut oil, shared coconut oil skincare recipes, shared a tutorial for whipped coconut oil body butter and explored oil pulling. Obviously we’re coco for coconut oil!
Naturally, when I came across a new tip using coconut oil, I had to explore and report back to our readers and fans with ways to utilize it.
Behold: Frozen Coconut Oil Storage Cubes
Coconut oil is shelf stable; you don't have to store it in the fridge. On top of that, coconut oil has a long shelf life compared to other oils. It will remain fresh for up to two years! Coconut oil has a high melting point (76 degrees), so in warmer months it will be liquid, but in cooler months (or if stored in the fridge), it will grow hard.
And that's where the problem is. In the winter months (and if you store your coconut oil in its container in the fridge), you have to chip away at the solidified oil as if you were polishing up your ice sculpting skills. I think that's a situation we'd all like to avoid.
The usefulness of these frozen cubes might be kind of confusing at first. After all, I just mentioned that solidified coconut oil is the problem. But trust me, this tip is so useful, and it's definitely the solution.
First, here’s how you make these frozen coconut oil cubes.
Frozen Coconut Oil Cube Instructions
Supplies: coconut oil, silicon molds or ice cube tray, a tablespoon or 1/4 measuring cup
Make Them in 5 Easy Steps
1Melt your coconut oil if it’s not already melted.
2Prep your molds in any way you have to. I used some stand-alone silicon muffin cups, and I arranged them on a baking sheet so they would be easy to move to the freezer.
3Using your tablespoon or 1/4 measuring cup, pour coconut oil into the molds. I did 2 tablespoons per mold, but you can use however much you want to. Just make sure they’re all the same amount so you know for later!
4Once each mold is full, transfer them to the freezer. Forget about ‘em for 30 minutes or overnight.
5Take them out of the freezer and pop them out of the molds. If you use an ice cube tray, this won’t be as easy, but a few solid whacks against the counter should release them.
Transfer them to a freezer-safe bag, write the amount of coconut oil per cube on the bag with a permanent marker and freeze until you need them!
How To Use Them
Now, what could you possibly use these for?
The beauty of this tip is that the coconut oil is pre-measured for you.
If you used 2 tablespoons of coconut oil per mold, you have a little block of 2 tablespoons of coconut oil ready to use for whatever you need it for!
In the cooler months, this means you don’t have have to melt your coconut oil just to measure it.
In the hotter months, this means you don’t have to dip into your container and potentially drip oil everywhere just for a couple tablespoons.
Here’s a list of some of the best uses we could find for these coconut oil storage cubes:
Take a cube out of the freezer and rub it on your skin. Your body heat will melt the coconut oil a bit and leave your skin moisturized. I’d imagine this would feel very refreshing in the summer!
Just plop a cube or half a cube (depending on how much you need) in your skillet as you heat it. The coconut oil will melt as the skillet heats up, and you’ll be ready to saute or pan-fry!
After you’ve frozen the cubes, cut them in halves or fourths. You can use these little sections as pre-measured oil pulling cubes! Just pop a frozen section into your mouth and let it melt before you swish. (More about oil pulling here!)
Need melted coconut oil for a recipe? Use the frozen storage cubes! Just put the correct number of cubes in a microwave-safe bowl and melt them. The measuring has been done for you!
Coconut Oil Coffee
This is probably one of my favorites! Use 1/2 or 1/4 of a cube in your morning coffee. Make sure you blend it! We’ve got a recipe for coconut oil coffee if you need it!
Run a hot bath and add one of the coconut oil storage cubes to the water for a luxurious experience. My skin is always incredibly soft after adding coconut oil to my baths - and it’s excellent for shaving!
Careful with this one - readers pointed out in a previous blog post that using coconut oil frequently in the shower/bath can lead to clogged drains.