How to make your own Coconut Oil.

Living in the North Of Thailand is so very different from living in the South of Thailand… I am learning so much about Thai cultures and traditions which have been passed down through families for centuries and I am loving it.

Coconut oil and its benefits are known throughout the world and it is quite easy to buy a bottle from your local shops now….. But how is it made? it is still made by hand in many local homes takes time but you get a far superior product and you also get the lovely by-product which you can eat.

So come with me ……Over a fire…. a pot is put to heat up when the pot is hot then the coconut milk which is extracted from the white flesh is added, in the villages, they grate this and as you need the flesh from 10 coconuts to make a litre of oil …it is time-consuming and hard work by hand…

coconut milk

Putting on the Coconut Milk

If you are lucky enough to live close to a local market and they have the machine which extracts the milk then it is far easier although you still have a long way to go before you get the finished product.

Firstly the Coconut milk is poured into the ready heated pot and it is now a waiting game where all the exciting stuff happens and you can see the stages and transitions that milk goes through to get your oil.

coconut oil making your own

Coconut milk Reducing

So you sit and stir and watch and wait while still stirring as the milk changes.

making coconut oil

Reducing down

The first sign you see are little oil spots which start to appear on the surface of the milk….you still have to keep stirring.

coconut milk boiling

Coconut milk coming to the boil

The oil spots spread as the milk bubbles away and indeed will come right to the top of the pot and almost boil over.


Coconut ream reduced down

The milk is coming to the top is not a good sign you have to stir and stir so it is simmering and bubbling after a while it takes a few hours the milk disappears and you are left with oil…

At the bottom of the pan, you get a thick crust which looks like crumbled digestive biscuits…this is scooped out and kept as a topping for ice cream.

A very small amount is left in the bottom maybe a teaspoonful and this gives the oil a more vanilla/chocolate smell/taste it is then scooped out and the oil is left to cool down.

Finished coconut oil

You now have your very own hand-made  Coconut Oil.

I think it is lovely to see this tradition of making your own oil in the home as so often we buy a carton or bottle and we don’t where it has come from ..what processes it has gone through…Is it pure? We all know that labelling can be misleading.

I am sampling so much now of lovely home-produced oils, honey, vegetables, herbs some grown some foraged and it is not just the marvellous taste but just the knowledge that I have seen it made or helped make it and that I  know where it has come is a marvellous feeling…

The photos are from my friend Sonya…Thank you so much, Sonya Russell, for allowing me to use them. It is very much appreciated…Thank you 🙂

Thank you for dropping in I do hope you enjoyed reading this post if so please leave a comment as I love to hear from you and have a chat…Love Carol xx




47 thoughts on “How to make your own Coconut Oil.

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      1. paulandruss

        Carol you always communicate your new discoveries so infectiously. I could have told you how much you love living there. I think it is wonderful there is such a sense of joy and adventure about all your write. PXX

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  4. Mary Adler

    Part of the research for my first mystery involved Guam during WW 2. In Always Faithful, a memoir about the marine war dogs, Col Putney tells how the Chamorros came out of hiding from the Japanese when the marines took the island. Their babies had been badly sunburned and were in pain and couldn’t stop crying. The marines and Chamorro women cooked up a huge vat of coconut oil to give the babies relief. An old and accessible remedy. Thanks for the reminder.

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  5. willedare

    Stirring for a couple of hours is a lot of work! Thank you for explaining the process. I definitely had never thought about how my jar of coconut oil came into existence.

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    1. Carol Post author

      Yes it is a lot of work but to make that special gift I think it is worth it …As a day job I think I would give it a miss …lol..but it is a tradition which is very much still passed on through the generations here which is lovely as often old ways are often forgotten as technolgy takes over 🙂


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    1. blondieaka Post author

      Than you so much Claie I am pleased tyou enjoyed it I have a few more I have written on traditions which are still being passed down through the generations here it is lovely to see 🙂 Thank you again Claire x

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  11. Love Cake Create

    This was such a great read, I really enjoyed reading about the process of making coconut oil. You’re right, you never know what is exactly in the pre-packaged products but making it yourself, you do. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      Yes Sandy you are probably correct it is only the Asian countries and maybe Hawaii where it is cost efective to make your own. But just lovely to have ago and maybe as a special gift for someone would be nice 🙂

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  13. andriaperry

    I absolutely enjoyed this article. I know now how to make coconut oil, if I can get 10 coconuts I would not mind trying it on my own, but coconuts are expensive here in the USA. Thank you for sharing.

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