Coconut oil has been used for many different things over the last millennia, particularly in tropical countries. Now the U.S. has warmed up to it as well, so to speak, and has discovered how valuable it is.
Before we share some of our favorite uses, here's a little bit about the product. Coconut oil doesn't look particularly oily. It probably most closely resembles shortening, thanks to its waxy, white/clear appearance and the fact that it's solid when kept at room temperature. When heated up in a skillet, however, it melts into a clear liquid. The reason it remains solid at room temperature is because it's 80 to 90 percent saturated fat. So, use it sparingly in frying or cooking. Coconut oil also contains vitamins and minerals and has antibacterial properties. It smells good too!
Here are 10 amazing ways to use that jar of coconut oil. Use pure virgin coconut oil to get the best results.