Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is high in saturated fats which stimulate your body to burn fat. It also increases good cholesterol in your blood, which may help reduce heart disease risk. It provides quick energy to your body and brain due to an increased level of blood ketones that might relieve Alzheimer symptoms. Yet that needs further studies. Using coconut oil as a mouthwash prevent mouth infections. It serves as a skin moisturizer and protects against skin damage.
Making Coconut Oil
This week, I had a chance to watch local Indonesian ladies making coconut oil.
Just thinking of how much work and physical power these women put into their food leaves me with awe. These strong ladies do the whole process from opening the coconut, cracking the hard shell, grating, soaking and cooking by themselves.
First, they remove the fibres of the outer coconut with a sharp tool. It takes practise and a few tricks to do this. Then, with a big sharp knife, they open the wooden shell. They do it so perfectly that they break no round flesh ball. They cut a little hole into the flesh and pour the water into a glass to drink. The Indian people consider coconut water as holy because it is a rich source of nutrients and antioxidant properties. It contains plenty of magnesium, potassium and calcium.
The next step is to grate the flesh. Luckily, today they can use a machine to ease their job. Once all is grated, they make a fire in a clay pot. Then they soak the grated coconut in water and stir it. With a cloth, they separate the coconut milk from the flesh. In a wok, they now slowly cook the coconut milk in the open fire until the oil separates from the milk. It takes about 2-3 coconuts just to produce about 100 ml of oil.
The leftover of the coconut milk in the wok is a delicacy which they mix with spices, wrap it into a banana leaf and steam for a couple of minutes. It is called Palem and is super tasty.
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