A lot of rumours have been said about the coconut oil being not good for the body specifically, the heart. However, with the recent researches and studies, particularly the one has been done in Nigeria, it is found that it is really the opposite.
Yes! Coconut oil, after all, is actually good for the heart. Not only that, it is also good as your dose of anti-oxidant.
How to Substitute Coconut Oil for Shortening
Coconut oil is actually good for our body in many ways, more and more mommies prefer this instead of their usual shortening. They found out that coconut oil has more to offer such as the following benefits:
- You don’t need salt to preserve the unrefined coconut oil which is not the same as butter.
- When heated for cooking, its quality will hardly change that is due to the fact that there is a greater melting point.
- High MCTs, which is up to 50% contributes to the fact that it can be digested by our body easily.
- It is rare for people to get an allergy to coconut oil.
- While butter has palmitic acid which can be the culprit of plaque build-up in our body, coconut oil has lauric acid. This is an immune booster that will help your body ward-off unwanted complications.
- For those who are overweight, using coconut oil should help them shed off some unwanted fats.
Using coconut oil instead of your usual shortening is actually easy as the ratio is just 1:1. So if you are using 1 spoon of shortening, the same amount should be used for the coconut oil. However, since the butter is not in the liquid form, you should solidify first the coconut oil that is already measured and have it chilled in your fridge. Just make sure to stir it so the result is an even mold.
1. Baking cookies making use of coconut oil tips
With the use of an ice-cube tray, you can make a perfect measurement of coconut oil. Just fill each compartment with the oil and have it in the freezer. It should be good enough to use after an hour. You can put all the coconut oil cubes in a freezer bag for future use.
If, by chance, you have not prepared the coconut oil and you already need to use one, just do the process explained above and in about 5 to 10 minutes, you already have one that is almost in the same consistency as your usual shortening.
You should not consider storing the coconut oil in the fridge as you will surely have a hard time when the time comes to use is. For example, when it becomes too hard, you need to chop it off from its container.
Plus, melting the coconut oil should not be done through a microwave. Doing so will kill the nutrients you love such as the essential fatty acids as well as the anti-oxidants.
When using the coconut oil as the shortening, be sure that you only use the unrefined oil. The reason is that refined oil is most probably processed with ingredients that can affect the tastes of your recipe.
Do you know that aside from being a shortening, coconut oil also has many other uses? That is right and some of them are quite shocking you can’t imagine it.
Here is all the other features:
2. As a make-up remover
If you are a girl, you surely know how hard to remove some of the things you apply to your face, like the waterproof eyeliners and the mascara. And the thing is makeup removers from the market can be really expensive.
With the coconut oil though, everything is simple. You just need to rub between your fingers enough amount of coconut oil and apply in your face and that’s it!
3. Face Cleanser
You read it right! While facial cleansers from the market contain harsh chemicals that could even lead to the development of many skin issues, coconut oil will not.
It is the safest ingredient to use and can leave your skin fresh and baby soft. You should give this a try.
You might already know this, coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer. However, it will be more beneficial, if you blend it with other essential oils depending on your type of skin. For example, if you have an oily skin, then you should mix the coconut oil with dry carrier oils. This way, your oily skin will improve.
5. Lip balm
That is right coconut oil is also the best to use as a lip balm. As a matter of fact, even your surroundings are blanketed with snow, your lips will still be in their best condition with the coconut oil on.
6. Bath Melts
Yes, they can’t make bubbles but they are perfect when it comes to moisturizing your skin and one good thing is that they can be easily blended with your bath water. You can check out some DIY tips on how to make one.
7. Wrinkle Minimizer
Wrinkles? They are simply annoying and the good news is, coconut oil can minimize them.
And the process is quite simple. You only need to dab enough amount around your eyes or in the forehead area and leave it overnight. You will surely wake up feeling fresh.
8. Medicinal Uses
Coconut oils can be used medically in a number of ways such as healing agent, cold sore relief, for a better heart and still a lot more.
There is indeed a good reason why coconut tree is called a tree of life. Everything in it is simply useful especially the coconut oil. Yes, there might be a negative review about this but that is when they have not discovered its true potentials. This wonderful ingredient is just something you cannot live better without it!