Q. How Do I Use Coconut Manna™?
A. Coconut Manna™ is great to use in various recipes as a replacement for milk, cream, yogurt or butter. It's delicious on top of or mixed into rice, oatmeal, cereals, and smoothies. Some folks love it spread on toast or crackers (for a strong "coconut-ty" flavor.)
You may notice some oil has separated to the top of your jar or bag during shipping. Simply warm all the way through, then stir the oil back in. Or, spoon the oil from the top and use for cooking! It's your choice. We generally recommend stirring the oil back into the Coconut Manna™.
NOTE: in colder climates, and during the cooler months, your Coconut Manna™ will tend to harden. You can use a spoon to "chip" pieces of it and then serve, or you can place the jar in hot (but not boiling) water for a few moments. Be sure not to burn the Manna™.
Q. Coconut Manna™: How does a person dispense the bulk 5lb Coconut Manna™?
A. The 5lb bulk bag of Nutiva Coconut Manna™ is primarily intended as a food service item. Its main use will be in restaurants and smoothie bars and in food service applications. This unit is not intended for the home user unless they have a strong food preparation background.
The product needs to be melted in its entirety, blended, then poured into smaller containers - view our video on dispensing the bulk 5lb Coconut Manna. If you melt and pour off only a portion; only the oil will be removed. This will result in the remaining material comprised mostly of coconut fiber and protein. If this sounds too challenging please start with our 15oz jar.
Q. How is Organic Coconut Oil different from Organic Virgin Coconut Oil?
Not all coconut oils are the same, and labels can be misleading. Once you have tasted Nutiva's Coconut Oil, with it's light buttery flavor, you will not want to switch !
Many organic coconut oil brands have either a slightly sour, very bland, and or a very strong flavor. Nutiva's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil looks, smells and tastes like fresh coconut. In the solid state it is pure white without the unappealing, off-white or grey color of oil that has been overly processed.
Q. My coconut oil is now liquid. It was solid when I bought it at the store. Is it still okay?
A. This is our most frequently asked question. Yes, it's perfectly okay. Coconut oil melts at about 76°F. Below this temperature it is a solid; above, it is a liquid.
Q. How do I bake with coconut oil?
A. Replace other oils or butter at a 1:1 ratio, or for shortening, replace 1 part shortening with 3/4 part coconut oil. Either melt it or use it at room temperature depending on your needs. Keep in mind coconut oil will mix well when the rest of your ingredients are at room temperature. It makes a great replacement for less healthy alternatives like vegetable oils and shortening, which can contain GMOs and Trans fats. Use coconut oil at room temperature for flaky baked products. Melt coconut oil and use it in its liquid state to replace vegetable oil and butter.
Q. Does coconut oil need to be refrigerated?
A. This is our second most frequently asked question. No, coconut oil does not need to be refrigerated. As a matter of fact, if you put coconut oil in the refrigerator, it becomes nearly as hard as rock, a feature which can be useful in warm weather.
Q. What is the shelf life of Nutiva's coconut oil?
A. Nutiva's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is very stable with a shelf life of at least two years.
Q. There are small specks in the bottom of my coconut oil. What are they?
A. They are coconut fibers. They're perfectly normal, much like finding small bits of cork in a glass of fine wine.
Q. I have heard that coconut oil is not good for you. Is this true?
A. This is commonly heard but Nutiva's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is quite nutritious. It is has medium-chain triglycerides per serving and 50-55% Lauric Acid per serving.
Q. How do I cook with coconut oil?
A. Use coconut oil instead of other oils in your daily cooking. You can blend coconut oil in smoothies, use it as a spread on toast (it makes fantastic cinnamon toast), use it as a topping on popcorn, and in other recipes.
Q. Can I use coconut oil for my skin and hair?
A. Yes, coconut oil is a wonderful beauty aid. Try rubbing a few tablespoons of oil into your hair before a bath or shower. You can also use coconut oil as a lotion. Since coconut oils melts at 76°F, it absorbs easily and leaves your skin smooth and with a light, clean coconut scent. Nutiva coconut oil is also a luscious massage oil. Many massage therapists report that pregnant women say it helps to reduce appearance of stretch marks.
Q. What type of Jars is Nutiva Coconut Oil Packaged in?
A. Nutiva packages our oil in three types of materials: Glass jars, clear PET and white HDPE. We have found the white HDPE holds up better for shipping via UPS or USPS during the hot summer months.
Also note Nutiva containers are made without BPA. Bisphenol A or BPA is used in some plastics and tin cans.
Q. How do I bake with coconut oil?
A. It's easy! Coconut oil is a simple 1:1 ratio with other oils, so just use the same amount the recipe calls for. Coconut oil makes a great replacement for less healthy alternatives like vegetable oils and shortening, which can contain GMOs and Trans fats. Use Coconut oil at room temperature for flaky baked products. Melt coconut oil and use it in its liquid state to replace vegetable oil and butter. Keep in mind Coconut oil will mix well when the rest of your ingredients are at room temperature or it will solidify in clumps quickly.
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