Handy Coconut Oil Tip: make-your-own-cubes are more efficient and less messy

Here’s a handy tip for those who already use lots of coconut oil, as well as for those trying to incorporate more coconut oil into their diet, beauty routine, etc.

(Note: I can’t claim credit for this nifty tip; it came from a talented and resourceful friend.  Thanks, Diana!)

Normally, when I need some coconut oil for a recipe, frying, or whatever, I have to grab a spoon and scoop it out of the jar.

While it’s not the most dreaded kitchen chore, there are several problems with this method:

  1. It adds a step:  I have to open a drawer, remove a spoon and close the drawer.  (Have I mentioned that I’m all about efficient systems?  This is not exactly an efficient system.)
  2. Ouch!  I consistently scrape my knuckles and hands on the edge of the jar, especially while trying to scoop out the last bits of coconut oil as my spoon nears the bottom of the jar.  (Am I the only one?)
  3. Some oil is wasted: on the spoon, on my hands and in the jar after I’ve scooped out all the oil.  (Again, no efficiency awards here).

A handy stash of coconut oil cubes makes it easy (and less messy) to grab a small amount of oil for countless uses.  No drawer opening or closing, no scraped knuckles and no wasted oil.  Just open the fridge, grab a cube or two of oil and you’re in business.

You will need:

  • coconut oil in a glass jar
  • crockpot
  • ice cube trays
  • clean jar(s)

Here’s the process:

1. Heat a jar of coconut oil in a crockpot on low until oil is completely liquified.

2. Pour oil into ice cube trays. (I used baby food trays with lids, but you could use regular ice cube trays or any small molds).

3. Place trays in fridge or freezer and allow to harden. (This doesn’t take long, maybe an hour or so).

4. Pop cubes out of the tray, place them in a storage container (I used a clean coconut oil jar!) and store in the fridge or freezer.

Tips:

For greater accuracy, you could measure the volume of your cubes by filling them with water a teaspoon (or tablespoon) at a time.  Then you could be certain of the measurements, which might be helpful for recipes.  (Like, one cube=one tablespoon).

Those who order coconut oil by the gallon or 5-gallon buckets would obviously need to transfer some oil to a glass container that fits inside your crockpot.  I’ve got a 5-gallon bucket in the basement at this very moment, and will need to do the same.

After melting and hardening all my oil into cubes, I realized I should have saved a small amount to keep in a jar.  We found GF cinnamon raisin bagels that we LOVE, and we usually spread coconut oil on top.  Kind of hard to do with a cube.     :-)

What do you think?  Would this help in your kitchen? 

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