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bought a coconut. Now what??

tweetie Apr 29, 2007 05:02 PM

To amuse my 3 year old niece I bought a coconut, baked and opened it. I don't have a clue about how to use the meat beyond eating hunks of it. Any ideas would be appreciated, especially as an ingredient in baked goods. Can I grate it and use it as with the bagged commercial product and if so, how long will it last?

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  1. Non Cognomina RE: tweetie Apr 29, 2007 05:20 PM

    You baked it before you opened it? I've never done that before. How long did you bake it and at what temp? Did you drain the liquid from inside first? What is the texture like?

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    1. re: Non Cognomina
      Megiac RE: Non Cognomina May 1, 2007 12:25 PM

      A smoothie for your niece and a pina colada for you!

    2. boogiebaby RE: tweetie Apr 30, 2007 01:14 AM

      Why would you bake a whole coconut?

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      1. re: boogiebaby
        tweetie RE: boogiebaby Apr 30, 2007 05:27 AM

        Baking it at 400 for 10-15 minutes makes it easier to peel. You crack and drain it before baking.

        1. re: tweetie
          thunderbug84 RE: tweetie Apr 30, 2007 01:24 PM

          I actually boil my coconuts for about 8-10 minutes after I crack it open. The shell just slides off.

          1. re: thunderbug84
            DGresh RE: thunderbug84 May 1, 2007 10:30 AM

            speaking of which, I bought a coconut a couple weeks ago upon being prodded by my 13 year old who was intrigued. Is it too old to do something with now? It's just been sitting on the counter.

            1. re: DGresh
              thunderbug84 RE: DGresh May 1, 2007 12:21 PM

              yeah, that happened to a housemate of mine. You'll know if its rotten (which it probably is after that period of time... but it doesnt hurt to check). Just be sure to crack it open outside. If there is any discoloration (brown or yellow) then its bad. Also, a lot of times when it goes bad, there wont be any milk (usually b/c it leaked outside of the eyes). If its good, than congrats! Good luck!

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