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Virgin Coconut Oil and Olive Oil - storage temperature question

janniecooks | Sep 2, 201505:59 AM     4

I bought a jar of Spectrum Virgin Coconut Oil last week; it was solid white when I brought it home. A few days later I noticed the oil had completely liquified in my cupboard, so I put a thermometer in there to check the cupboard temp. During the daytime it reads 78.6 degrees farenheit.

Apparently I keep my home too warm to keep the coconut solid during the day, for I moved the jar onto the counter and it re-solidified overnight, when we set the air conditioner to a cooler temperature, then liquified in the morning when we reset the temp higher. A little research identified that the melting point of coconut oil is 74 to 76 degrees F.

My question is, is the 24-hour liquefy/solidify cycle going to harm the coconut oil, or otherwise hasten its quality decline? My other question is whether the temperature in this cabinet (which is actually the temp in ALL my cabinets) is too high for the other items I store there like extra-virgin olive oil, peanut oil, vinegars, soy sauces, mirin, and unopened containers of condiments like salad dressing, mustard, BBQ sauce, bean sauce, and so forth. Is a daytime temp of 78-79 degrees F too warm?

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