I have tried to extract coconut oil. Below is the process I have followed.
- Ground the coconut flesh with some added water.
- Milked the ground coconut flesh by cold pressing it and filtering all big particles.
- Dried the milk for a few hours in a steel vessel using butane flame.
- Filtering out the dried brown residue.
The resulting oil looks like the following.
My question is about the efficiency of my process. I have a strong feeling that the colouration is due to the heating or bad filtering techniques. I tried to rest it for the night, and it doesn't seem to have any "heavier" residues at the bottom of the oil bottle. I tried filtering it with 4-layer muslin cloth with no luck. Is there a process that does not involve heating (assuming my intuition is correct)?
P.S. I'm not a scientist and I don't have a lot of background in chemistry. Please explain to me in layman's terms if possible.