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bought a coconut. Now what??

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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. 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

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

    2. Why would you bake a whole coconut?

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      1. re: boogiebaby

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

        1. re: tweetie

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

          1. re: thunderbug84

            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

              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!