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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tips for Melting Shea Butter

It has been hot in almost every part of the country and people have been conducting all kinds of food experiments in this heat from baking cookies in a car to frying eggs on a sidewalk. Well for the past few summers I have used the summer heat also - I have used it to melt my shea butter.

I actually discovered this by accident one day while out shopping. I purchased my shea butter and left it in the car all day long.  When I got home my shea butter was completely melted. I put in a cool space in hopes that it would harden and it did (I didn't know much about shea butter back then).

So now every summer I melt my shea butter by placing it in the car (windows up) and let it sit all day. I usually do this on a day that is 90° or higher. It's been around 100° here lately so the shea butter melted fast.

I like melting shea butter this way because when it hardens, it's more creamy than stiff. I don't like using the stove-top or the microwave because the shea butter is always grainy when it hardens and it still has the same stiffness after using either of those melting methods.

Below, the top pic is of the shea butter before placing it in the car. The bottom pic is of the shea butter after it cooled in the house. Even if you only use shea butter in your mixes, melting it makes it easier to measure out for use.

Got any tips to share? Comment below.


  1. That's a great idea! I need to try it `cause it's been SUPER hot this summer. Luckily it's rained the last few days tho. Thanks for the tip. :]

  2. Good tip. I no longer have a car so I use another method which doesn't fry it. It also works in the winter! Bring a small pot of water to boil, grab a dish that can fit the container that you store your shea butter in, place the container in the boiled water, and let it sit for a few minutes. It'll melt! It's a quick way to get the same results without wheels! =) Thanks for the tip!

  3. I never thought to put in the car and where I live the climate ain't playing. I will have to try this thank you. Good post!


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