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« on: January 06, 2010 10:27:56 AM »

Hahaha. I know it's a silly question, but seeing as I've been scraping at cocoa butter with a spoon for a really long time to make random things, I figured I'd see if anyone had any tips. C'mon, someone's gotta know something, right?

I figured heating the spoon (the way you do it with ice cream!) worked alright, but just was wondering if there were any other tricks of the trade worth noting.
I ran my metal spoon in a plastic bag under hot hot water, if anyone was curious. This way, I avoid adding water to my delicious smelling oil. Mmm...
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2010 01:05:14 PM »

Cocoa butter is a challenge. What type of container is it in? Is it straight walled (read: the mouth and base are the same width) or is the mouth narrower than the walls? My favorite method of getting oil out is to take an ice pick to it and break it up. If you have a straight-walled container it's easier to do, but narrower necks work, too, you just have to be more careful.

Break it up into medium-to-large chunks and you'll have a much easier time. I say don't bother with a spoon; that way pain and frustration leads. And definitely do NOT add water to the oils! Smiley

ETA: If you don't have an ice pick, a good sharp knife will work, too. Just be careful!
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2010 06:56:07 PM »

i also break them up at one time as soon as I get my container..and then separate them into different baggies..cocoa butter though awesome and wonderfully smelly it is as hard as brick to get out..but oh so worth it Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2010 08:38:53 PM »

My cocoa butter comes in a super thick walled plastic bag, so woot! But for my coconut oil I use an ice cream scoop and run it under hot water and then dry off with a towel. In winter we really work our arm muscles soaping, don't we? Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2010 08:58:08 PM »

I use an ice cream scoop on solid oils, too. But for brittle oils I'm all about the ice pick and baggies, as Smitten said! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2010 02:48:34 PM »

The one time I tried a different supplier and got cocoa butter in anything other than random chunks in a baggie (which I promptly whack with a hammer through the baggie to get smaller chunks and then transfer to a big air tight bucket) I wound up using my butcher knife to slice it container and all and then popping them out into the bucket of chunks that way.

I definitely prefer the suppliers who have done that part for me :-D  (though I have one supplier who I love who insists on putting Babassu into a jug, so I have no choice but to melt it down and pour it in a bucket).
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2010 08:00:05 PM »

Hahaha, okay, gotcha. I get the picture. Destruction and cocoa butter all over everything will shortly ensue. =P

I have a straight-walled jar, but since it was for trial purposes to see if I really like this B&B stuff, it's a 4 oz one. I'll need to replace it soon. But haha, hacking at it is going to be fun.

Thanks for the tips!
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