|Upper left, coconuts from our trees. Oil from the grated|
coconut on upper right. Bottom left, we reuse the shells as
bowls, bases for planters or lampshades. The husks, lower
right, we soak in water then wrap them around our orchids.
First you grate the coconuts, I didn't have to do this part, our handy house helper Shalla was used to doing it in her province for her family, so she cheerfully volunteered for this task.
The grater we used is a simple rounded metal bar with V shaped burrs cut into it. Our other helper Jhun then nailed it to three scrap boards so they could sit on it. Shalla and Jhun took turns grating away. This tool is sold in almost all native markets in the Philippines. If you don't live here, you will have to improvise if you plan on doing this for yourself. Frankly, if I had to go buy the coconuts and do this, it wouldn't be worth it and would probably be cheaper to just buy at a health food aisle of your supermarket or a health food store itself should carry this by now.
You can use these same steps for making coconut milk for use in cooking or instead of milk or cream in your coffee. After squeezing out the milk, set it aside and then use immediately in the dish you want to cook. It's delicious in curries!
When vco is warm it is clear like water, but when the temperature drops, it becomes a solid white. This is completely natural, so don't freak out if this happens to your vco.
|These coconut grating tips can be found in almost all native makets in the Philippines. Our helper Jhun then nailed it to|
three scrap pieces of wood.
|This is what the whole rig looks like. Pretty simple.|
|Shalla grating the coconuts into a stainless steel bowl.|
|About 8 coconuts made this much. I think put about 3 cups at a time in my 600 watt blender along with 1 cup water that and 1 cup of the 2nd pressing of coconut milk came out of the coconuts.|
|This is the whole tub, not quite filled yet.|
|This is the scrap coconut meat after pressing or squeezing the milk out. It makes a good soil conditioner and we sometimes add it to our planters. Most of the time though, our chickens enjoy it so much we give it to them.|
Health benefits of virgin coconut oil are:
"The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil are attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc." From this website: http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html
It's also good for the immune system, the heart, kidneys, digestion etc. Click on the link above, as that website has a whole list and more details of the health benefits of virgin coconut oil.
I use the oil in cooking and now take a tablespoonful a day. I have already seen the difference in my skin from using it all over my body after a shower and on my face.
Here's another blogger who makes her own toothpaste using virgin coconut oil and other ingredients!