How to Remove the Oil From a Coconut

by Allison McCalman

Coconut oil is made from the kernel of a mature coconut.

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It is quite easy to get coconut oil from a mature coconut by using some common household items to extract the coconut kernel. When extracting oil from a coconut, it is best to use a mature coconut because the kernel is ripe and has more coconut milk than a young coconut.

Items you will need

  • Mature coconut
  • Distilled water
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Blender
  • Bowl
  • Pan
  • Pot
  • Spatula
  • Measuring cup
  • Empty bottle

Instructions

Step 1

Place a mature coconut on a hard surface, such as a counter or table. Take a screwdriver and place it on each eye of the coconut and use the hammer to pound holes into the three black eyes of the coconut.

Step 2

Place the part of the coconut with the holes over a measuring cup. Drain the coconut water into the measuring cup.

Step 3

Pour the coconut water from the measuring cup into a bowl and mix 4 oz. of distilled water with the coconut water.

Step 4

Place the coconut on a hard flat surface and break it in half using a hammer. Remove the brown outer shell and extract the white kernel. Use a grater to shred the coconut kernel.

Step 5

Put the shredded kernel and coconut water in a blender and mix them together. Blend the mixture until it becomes thick.

Step 6

Hold a strainer over a bowl and pour the mixture from the blender into the strainer. Press down on the mixture using a spatula to get the coconut milk out of mixture.

Step 7

Pour the strained coconut milk into a pot and place it on a stove. Adjust the heat setting to a high temperature to boil the coconut milk. Constantly stir the coconut milk while it is boiling in the pot until it gets thicker and becomes oily .

Step 8

Turn off the stove and place the thick oily mixture in a strainer. Use a spatula and press down on the mixture to remove the oil from the mixture.

Step 9

Place the coconut oil into a separate container or bottle and leave it for 24 to 48 hours to ferment. After fermentation, the coconut oil is ready for use.

Photo Credits

  • Lew Robertson/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

About the Author

Allison McCalman has been writing professionally since 2009. Her expertise is in business, media, intellectual property law and tourism. McCalman's work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism.