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How to Make Coconut Oil in Your Home

With the numerous health benefits and uncountable uses of coconut oil, you should be making your own Coconut Oil at home.

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In the video below, I used 3 coconuts to get 200 ml (6.8 fl. oz.) of coconut oil.

You will need:

  1. A blender for blending the coconuts. My blender has 850W power and it can blend pieces of coconut very well. I have also used a 600W blender in the past with great results. You can also grind it in the market but make sure they clean their machine very well before using it to blend the coconut for you.
  2. Chopping board for cutting the coconut flesh/meat.
  3. A blunt object for breaking the coconut: a hammer or small axe will do.
  4. Original stainless steel pot for cooking the coconut till the oil seeps out. Do not use non-stick or coated pots for this because during cooking, the coconut oil will get to high temperatures.
  5. Bowls.
  6. Sieves.
  7. Hot water mixed to a comfortable temperature. Keep it as hot as you can comfortably handle with your bare hands. Extracting coconut milk with moderately hot water gives you more coconut oil than when you extract with warm or lukewarm water. Don’t even use cool water.

Directions for making Coconut Oil

If you can, it is better to watch the video below for the procedure.

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  1. Break the coconuts with a heavy blunt object.
  2. When done, pry out the coconut meat from the coconut shell with a knife. Once the coconut is mature, the coconut meat should come out of the shell easily.
  3. Rinse the pieces of coconut thoroughly and cut them into small pieces to help your blender.
  4. For best results, we need to blend the coconuts with warm water. So boil some water and mix with cool water to get warm water.
  5. Grind the pieces of coconut with the diluted hot water till smooth. Depending on the quantity you are making, you may need to grind in batches.
  6. Pour in a sieve to separate the coconut milk from the chaff. Then press with your hands to squeeze out the last drop.
  7. Grind the chaff a second time to get more coconut milk.
  8. Use a sieve with a finer mesh to remove the tiniest particles from the coconut milk.
  9. When done, cover the bowl of coconut milk and keep it in the fridge overnight. You do not have a fridge or NEPA took light? Click here or watch the second video below.
  10. The next morning, you will see that the coconut oil has separated from the water and caked beautifully on top like a frozen lake. Yours did not cake? Click here to watch how I sort that out.
  11. Take the caked white coconut oil and place in a clean dry stainless steel pot. The water remaining in the bowl still has some coconut taste and can be used to boil White Rice, prepare Jollof Coconut Rice, White Coconut Rice and any other recipe that calls for coconut milk.
  12. Cover the pot and start cooking on low to medium heat. If you notice any smoke at any time as you cook, reduce the heat to very low.
  13. Keep an eye on the pot and stir from time to time. Cook till you notice some charred coconut bits in the oil. I cooked the one in the video below for 1 hour 15 minutes.
  14. Set the pot aside so the coconut oil can cool down to a comfortable temperature.
  15. Sieve with a chiffon cloth or a cheese cloth to remove the charred bits. If you still notice any charred bits in the sieved coconut oil, sieve again with a paper towel. Store in your cupboard and use when you wish.
  16. That’s it! Use coconut oil for cooking, for your hair and body. Google for other uses of coconut oil.

Frequently Asked Questions about making Coconut Oil

  1. I did not get a slab after putting it in the fridge overnight, what am I doing wrong? I learnt that this may be because of the tap water in your area, too much chlorine amongst other things. Try blending the coconuts with bottled water and see if it works. Also, click here for how to separate the white part from the water when it does not cake.
  2. I do not have a fridge, can I still make this? Yes, click here for how to make coconut oil when you do not have a fridge.

How to make Coconut Oil (video)

How to make Coconut Oil without a Fridge (video)

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  1. perfecto…already added 2 ma wish-to-do list!!

  2. How do I blend it without the blending machine, especially without light in Naija now, and If I go to the market, they won’t use hot water to help blend it, and what if I don’t have fridge to freeze it overnight?

    • You can do it on a day you have light. You only need to have light for a few minutes.
      For the market, they should blend with as little water as possible When you get home, you add hot water. It should still be hot enough. You may even need to add more cold water sef to bring it down to a comfortable temperature.

      • Hello ma am still confused after blending them hot water to seave it and live it till done ma,

        • Precious you don’t blend with hot water, you blend with warm water or minimum room temperature water.
          If you go back to Nos. 4 and 5 under directions, I wrote:
          4. Next, boil some water and mix with cool water to a comfortable temperature.
          5. Grind the pieces of coconut with the diluted hot water till smooth.

          So it is effectively warm water. I may have caused some confusion there but yes, that’s basically blending with warm water. I will update that part to avoid confusion.

          If you have more questions, please let me know and I will explain.

  3. Princess Best says:

    Where can I get the all Nigerian recipes cookbook?

    • Princess you can buy the printed and the Kindle version on most Amazon websites, the print version is available on Konga Nigeria and in some shops. Click here to see all the places that the cookbook is available for purchase.

  4. This is splendid. Every woman needs to get in touch with this in order to impress and improve her family diets. KUDOS!

  5. In the absence of muffin cups, what do you use as an alternative?

  6. It’s awesome it has improved my cooking skill, but my major problem here is hw to save the book for offline reading. Must I hv a data connection b4 I can go through this book?

  7. Ada Ameh says:

    Ur really doing great my dear.i love dis so much.pls I want 2 lean how 2 cook Ofe Owerri

  8. This method is not cold pressed

  9. Although, i’m just planing to get the cookbook and i’m sure the book must be really amazing and meet the standard of its already spreaded abroad news

  10. Thank you for this recipe. its timely for me as making one on my own will save me the headache of buying adulterated coconut oil in the market. someone said its better to do cold extraction than hot extraction. What’s your take on this?

    • Cold pressed coconut oil is great because it has most of the nutrients intact more than this one but making it at home is not as easy. The separation process is tedious and it is easily contaminated.
      You can boil this one for less time in an effort to retain more nutrients.

      • Nice One Dear, please what is the name and specifications of your blender? I need one asap in Lagos. I felt the speed and smooth grounding on your video Clip

        • lol @ felt the speed and smooth grinding. Sylvia, I doubt you will see this blender in Naija o because the brand is not that popular outside Europe. The name is Ufesa Delux, model BS4798. Any blender with at least 600W power can do the job of blending this well.

  11. Thanks, you are too much but what if there is no light to keep it refrigerated?

    • The reason for keeping it in the fridge is so that the coconut milk will be cold enough for the white parts to form that solid slab. If you have a cool place in your house, keep the bowl there for a few hours. I’m afraid that if you keep it outside the fridge for too long, it will start fermenting and start smelling. So, I would not keep it outside the fridge for 24 hours. Your best bet would be to do this when there is power or you power your fridge with a gen and keep checking it. Turn the gen off as soon as the white oil becomes solid.

  12. Okeke Faith O says:

    Wow God bless you dear. I will try this. Thanks

  13. Thanks Flo. I’m an expectant mum and I Intend to use it on my baby. Instead of a fridge, can I use Ice blocks?

  14. hello…. my coconut milk has bin in d fridge for over 24hrz and d white part ain’t solid yet???? any idea on wat to do plz???

    • Fatima, just for want of what else to say, are you sure the fridge is switched on?
      Because once the fridge is on and cooling, that caking must happen.
      Another reason why it will not happen is if you did not use coconuts but I am sure you used coconuts.
      I have done this uncountable times and each time, the white part cakes like you saw in the video once I leave it in a working fridge overnight. :)

      • And DAT y am really baffled…. We v an uninterrupted power
        here and d fridge z functioning,,,, can I jst boil d milk??? Will it
        work DAT way

        • It should work just that it will take much longer for the water to dry. Does the white one separate from the water at all? If yes then you can try scooping only the white parts into the pot to reduce cooking time.

  15. Thanks so much for your effort God bless you IJN

  16. Thanks, can’t wait to go into coconut production. Please where can I get the paper towel?

  17. were by u don’t have fringe to keep the coconut water that do u do.pls ur reply is needed urgently.thanks

    • Leave it in a cool place to rest then gently scoop out the white part at the top into the pot. If you poured it into a transparent container, you will see where the white part separates from the water.

  18. Please can I use washed baby wipes in place of cheese cloth?

    • No Bolla because no matter how you wash a baby wipe, it is not food safe. The cloth I used in the video is that material that akamu sellers use to separate akamu from the chaff so since you are in Nigeria, it is quite easy to buy it in a Nigerian market. You can also buy that white cotton cloth we call China White in Nigeria, it can do the job.

  19. Can it be done without a blender?

    • You can use a hand grater but to be honest, you need a blender. With a hand grater it is too much work, the coconuts will not be grated very well and in the end you will not get as much oil from the coconuts as you would if you use a blender.

  20. Pls I can put it in the freezer instead of fridge overnight

    • Yes you can but the problem I found with putting this in the freezer is that when it defrosts, the white oil at the top disintegrates making it difficult to separate the milk from the water.

  21. Please did u measure the water that u used

    • No Tochi, no need for that because the water separates from the white one after being in the fridge. Just use enough water that will help you grind the coconuts very well.

      • Thanks I was looking forward to liquid not solid oil after 24 hrs preparing so I took it fire first on a medium heat then on a low heat still no liquid is coming out so I have pour the solid oil in a slim material to separate the water
        Please what else do I do?

        • First, if you did not get the solid white slab at the top after keeping it in the fridge overnight then, it maybe from the type of water you are using. Probably, the water in your area contains too much chlorine. Next time, try blending the coconuts with bottled water.

          Secondly, since it did not solidify, the next thing to do is to leave the bowl undisturbed for a few hours suc that the water goes to the bottom and the white mlk is at the surface, gently scoop the white parts into a pot and cook. Since yours is mixed with some water, you will need to cook for much longer till all the water dries up then the oil begins to seep out like in mine.

          I personally will start cooking on high heat so that the water will evaporate faster then turn down the heat when there’s no more water and the oil is almost seeping out.

  22. Nice one I appreciate ur work. Pls like how many coconut will use to get 2litters of oil. And were in abuja can I buy coconut cheap. Thanks.

    • Let’s see … I got 200ml from 3 coconuts so for 2 litres which is 2000ml, you will need approximately 30 coconuts. You will get a bit more coconut oil because of the large quantity but that’s how I will calculate it.

  23. babyendie says:

    i cut off the brown part of the meat so my pieces are completely white. will it still work?

  24. Am grateful ma. My coconut oil came out great. I also wish you post homemade peanut oil very soon?cos u always make learning from you so easy, may God bless you more IJN .

  25. Thanks sis for the hint, I’ll try mine this week and post a feedback soon.

  26. Tried it but, it did not cake after 24hrs, scooped and cooked but still didn’t get any oil. Please what went wrong?

  27. Just added this to my list, will do for sure, i hav been looking for this

  28. Concerning coconut fufu can I mix it with wheat,semo or yam flour coz I do react to garri.tnx

    • Yes you can, all the flour you mentioned contain gluten (a binder for the coconut flour) so they are fine to add.

  29. My coconut milk hot frozen with the oil I guess. Everything is just white. What do I do? Do I just boil the whole thing?

  30. Hi FLo, I just love you. You are a great cook and an excellent teacher. I keep reminding myself that you also work as an engineer and a mother too. Kudos to you!!! I am going to try out the cold pressed coconut, the liquid one and the flour. Who could have known that one can get so much out of this simple looking coconut? I’m so angry at how much coconut chaff I just threw away in the past. I just learnt how to make Coconut yoghurt today as I’m totally nuts for yoghurt. By the way your recipe for banana ice-cream is great. Well done Flo, more grease or should I say coconut oil to your elbows.

    • Sabine what can I say? Thank you so much for your kind words.
      Teaching is my calling and now that I am in deep, there’s no going back. 😉
      Thank you for your encouragement. You are awesome. I love you too. <3 <3

      I knowww, that moment when you imagine all the waste. I am thinking of recycling tiger nuts chaff too because the amount of chaff I throw away when I make the tiger nuts drink eh?