How to Store Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

This is a question we answer nearly on a daily basis, in and out of the office. I can understand why – it is alarming that a solid jar or stick of coconut oil would suddenly turn liquid and all you did was drive home from the store! Have no fear, all your storage questions are here.

Do I have to put it in the fridge?

No. Extra virgin coconut oil can stay in your pantry, cupboard or cabinet (yes, I’m talking to all you apartment dwellers like myself) without any adverse effects. We only suggest putting the Kelapo Pre-Measured Baking Sticks in the fridge to keep them a solid so you can cut them easier.

What temperature does coconut oil melt? 

Whether in the fridge or in the pantry, extra virgin coconut oil is still the healthier alternative!

It really doesn’t have to be a hot Tampa summer to get coconut oil to melt. The pure, white coconut oil will become a liquid at 76 degrees Fahrenheit. This is one of the reasons I love using it on my skin because it just melts in your hand. If the aforementioned Baking Sticks are too solid, just put them at room temperature for a few minutes and voilà, all is right in the baking world again!

How long will coconut oil last?

The shelf life of coconut oil is about two years – but if you can keep it stocked for that long without replacing it, I want to give you a few more recipes of ours to try! Using amber jars – like you see in our Kelapo 8oz, 14oz, 15oz and 29oz – protect the oil from light which helps prolong the shelf life. We also get asked about coconut oil “going bad.” I have to say, it’s a pretty resilient superfood – as long as you don’t put water in the jar. It’s important to make sure the spoon, knife, fork, spatula, or utensil of choice is dry when scooping out the desired amount. Introducing water, like in many dark, warm places, it can promote mold growth. Which I don’t have to tell you, is bad.

Basically, store it where it fits best or is most convenient, it becomes a solid or a liquid at 76 degrees, and don’t put a wet spoon in the jar. Three simple rules to enjoying coconut oil in all your delicious dishes!

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14 Comments Post a comment

  1. cindy
    June 11, 2015 at 11:36 am

    is it ok leave a metal spoon in jar?

    • June 15, 2015 at 2:31 pm


      This would be entirely up to you when it comes to how you are using the coconut oil. If you have a spoon in the jar, then you’ll risk the jar being open. If water reaches the coconut oil, there is a chance that mold may start to occur.

  2. delia
    January 5, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    I left my heater on almost all night, and the oil (which is in a jar) melted. So I put it in my really cold bathroom. Is that bad? I’m planning on keeping it in the bathroom from now on, if it is still good.

    • January 7, 2016 at 1:26 pm


      No, you’re totally fine – it is still good! Coconut oil is able to switch between a liquid and solid state, so this is completely normal. As you saw, coconut oil will turn back into a solid when it’s below 76 degrees. Hope this helps!

      • Grace
        February 29, 2016 at 9:52 am

        what about the little blocked water that cleaves to the solidified coconut oil when removed from the fridge? does it get it bad when kept outside the fridge?

        • March 14, 2016 at 3:45 pm


          Coconut oil is shelf stable, so it does not have to be kept in the fridge. It is totally fine to keep it on the pantry, even after opening.

  3. April 7, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Do you have experience leaving it in the deep fryer? We’ve just ordered a gallon and plan on leaving a. liter in our deep fryer. I’m interested to know your experience with this type of storage.

  4. June 6, 2016 at 6:32 am

    It is essential for healthy skin growth, repair of wear & tear on the skin, keeping skin smooth and protecting against cracking. Above all, it prevents premature aging and wrinkling of the skin, since it has good antioxidant properties.

  5. marianne
    March 27, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Can you use coconut oil to cook chichen

    • April 11, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Yes, you can place coconut oil on a pan to saute chicken. We recommend medium to medium-high heat. Hope this helps!

  6. Kathy Harris
    February 21, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    My organic coconut oil arrived in the mail well-sealed but liquified. Is the oil alright?

    • February 22, 2018 at 8:29 am

      Absolutely! It is safe for coconut oil to go back and forth between liquid and solid. If you prefer a solid you can place it in the fridge to until solid and then store it in an area 75 degrees Farenheit or lower to keep it a solid.

  7. April 9, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    What is the best brand of Organic Coconut oil. Is their a difference . I bought mine and it’s the Green wise.
    Organic cocaonut Unrefined thank you

  8. Blessing
    May 25, 2018 at 3:13 am

    I’ve just made a virgin coconut oil but I don’t have a fridge to store it. Please, what how else can I preserve it? Thanks.

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