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Old 08-14-2005, 05:15 PM   #1
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Anyone know how to dry fresh coconut ?

I just bought, banged smacked and shelled a fresh coconut ( boy am I tired now lol )

Do I need to dry it ?? How long does it last if you dont ??

Any ideas of how to dry it out ?
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Old 08-14-2005, 05:23 PM   #2
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I dunno... but id love to find out... did you try to google it? Type in something like fresh dry coconut...
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Old 08-14-2005, 05:25 PM   #3
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Yeah, I tried everything but I couldnt find anything at all about it. *shrug*
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Old 08-14-2005, 05:35 PM   #4
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All About Coconut
Preparing Grated Fresh Coconut
Pierce two holes in the "eyes"—the shiny black marks on the coconut.
Drain the water from the coconut.
Break the coconut with a sharp blow from a hammer into two or three pieces.
Place a small amount of water into each of the pieces so that the meat will come away from the shell easily.
Bake pieces in the oven at 325° for five minutes.
Pare the rind of coconut with swivel-type vegetable peeler.
Grate by hand or cut in small chunks and chop in an electric blender.
Toasted Coconut
Spread the shredded coconut evenly over a cookie sheet and bake at 325° for about ten minutes. In Africa, coconut is only toasted when used as an accompaniment to curry.
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Old 08-14-2005, 05:40 PM   #5
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Rats ! Thats why it was so hard, because I didnt bake it first. I cracked and just peeled the rind away ( hubby helped thank goodness )

Thanks ShonaGK!!
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Old 08-14-2005, 05:41 PM   #6
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I must say this has much more flavor than the dry unsweetened kind. I tossed a little splenda with it and I guess I will keep it in a bowl in the fridge.
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Wait...I thought you were supposed to spread it out on a tropical white sand beach and drink mai-tai's until it was dried?
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Old 08-14-2005, 06:27 PM   #8
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Fresh coconut will go bad after about a week. I will blend it in the blender with some water into a kind of paste. My kids will eat it with added milk. They call it coconut cereal. You might try that and add some sweetener of choice. It's very filling, you don't have to eat much. I can keep it for about a week and then it starts to go off. That's the meat from relatively young coconuts, it doesn't work so well with older coconuts. With older coconuts I would dry it in a food dryer if you have one, or you could freeze it. Just count on about a week before it starts to spoil.
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Old 08-15-2005, 05:23 AM   #9
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Try toasting it--it lasts a long time, then. I don't know how long, but I haven't had any spoil on me yet.

Just put it in the oven on your lowest temp, and leave till it's perfectly dry. It won't necessarily go brown, but if you want it to, just leave it till it does.
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