Coconut Oil: A Prepper’s Panacea

I just ordered a 5 gallon bucket of coconut oil. I’ve posted before about the greatness of this humble, healthy oil. Below, Daisy Luther gives even more reasons to add it to your kitchen pantry, bathroom, and food storage larder. Check out her bio and updated site for healthy prepping tips. I’ve added her link to our Blogroll and Resources page.

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Author bio: Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor.  Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at

Coconut Oil: A Prepper’s Panacea

December 7, 2012

What shelf stable item can be used (nutritiously) in place of butter, shortening, and cooking oil, and then pressed into duty as a health and beauty aid?

Coconut oil!

One of my favorite pantry items is my big jar of organic virgin coconut oil, and the crazy thing is, I don’t even like coconuts.  If you slip me a cookie that has those nasty little flakes of coconut in them, I’ll probably spit it out – I really, emphatically don’t like coconut!  I am stressing this point because coconut oil has a place in the kitchen of even the most die-hard coconut hater (like me!).
Sometimes people who are seeking a healthier lifestyle make the mistake of avoiding all fats.  Sure, eating a bag of Doritoes covered in cheese is terrible for you (in more ways than just the fat content!) – but certain fats can be a healthy, and very necessary,  part of your diet.  In fact, these “healthy fats” can actually aid in weight loss, if that is your goal.  Some examples of these healthy fats would be those from nuts, avocados, seeds, certain fish, and coconut oil. Consumption of these fats will improve your hair, your skin, your immune system, and your organ function when consumed in moderate quantities. As well, certain nutrients are fat soluble and can only be properly used by your body in the presence of fat.  For example, Vitamins A, D, E, and K should be taken when you eat a small amount of fat.

All coconut oils are not created equally. There are a few basic types of coconut oil, and it’s important to get the “right” kind for your needs in order to reap the full benefits of your purchase.

Refined or Unrefined?

First, you’ll need to decide between refined and unrefined.  This relates to the process of extracting the oil.

A refined coconut oil is separated by heat.  Refined coconut oil is more heat-stable and can be used in cooking methods like frying.  Many people opt for refined coconut oil because it is flavorless and odorless. The shelf life of a refined coconut oil, according to the expiration dates is 18 months to 2 years.  A refined coconut oil loses some nutritional benefits but how much really depends upon the refining process that is used.

  • Expeller Pressed:  This is the traditional method of extracting coconut oil.  No chemicals are used in this method – the oil is extracted by a machine which physically presses out the oil, then is deodorized by distilling it with steam.  If you opt for a refined oil, look for “expeller pressed” on the label.
  • RBD:  The RBD (refining bleaching deodorizing) process often uses chemical solvents like hexane to extract the oil. (Hexane is a toxic chemical that can be used to dissolve adhesive, cement and glue.)  This process is generally performed on previously dried coconut kernel called copra, which is often made from lower quality or old coconuts.

An unrefined coconut oil is also called virgin or extra-virgin coconut oil.  This oil has the light scent and flavor of coconut, which disappears somewhat when used in cooking. This type of coconut oil has the most nutritional benefits and the shelf life has been documented as anywhere from 2-5 years, to “indefinite”.

Health Benefits

The number one health benefit of coconut oil is that about 50% of it is lauric acid, an essential fatty acid that is only otherwise found naturally in such high levels in human breast milk. The human body turns lauric acid into monolaurin, which contains antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties, so basically, it boosts your immunity in every possible way.

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Author bio: Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor.  Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at

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9 thoughts on “Coconut Oil: A Prepper’s Panacea

  1. Mike "Prepper Daddy"

    Love the affirmation…being using coconut oil for years to make popcorn. I usually order 5 gallon buckets from Tropical Traditions on the web…let melt at room temp…that takes a while…if you can’t wait you can dump it into your giant SS cooking container…please, you must have one!…and melt at low heat on the stove. Put 10 or 12 – 1/2 gallon canning jars in the oven and heat to 250 degrees. When everything is ready, fill the heated jars and seal….the lids pop nicely and then store in your preps…not sure how long they will store for…I plan on rotating in 10 or years if we all survive tomorrow and/or the next 4 years of O.


    • Mike, I’m waiting for a new 5 gallon bucket of TT to be delivered – hopefully before Christmas. Great tip on preserving it in manageable containers! I’ll try it and report back on the results. I’ll have to heat mine up since we keep the house around 70 in the winter.


  2. Dana Harrison Sobers

    Where did u find 5 gallons of
    Coconut oil? Was it a good buy? Plz share ur source thanks


  3. ~B~

    Hi everyone can someone tell me where i can order a 5 gallon bucket I’ve ask a few people and no one seem to want to share that info thanks ~B~


  4. I order the 5 gallons from Tropical Traditions. Here’s the link:
    The total including S&H was $195.
    Hope this helps.


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