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Dec 22, 2008 06:18 PM

Whole Coconut - What to do?

I opened it, drank its water and then ate some of the flesh. What now?

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  1. Remove it from the shell and cut it into chunks. It keeps pretty well in a sealed container in the fridge and, although I haven't done it myself, I'm told that it freezes well.
    You can grate or chop it up in just about anything you think might taste good with coconut. Cookies, of course, but it's also good in hot cereals, grated onto cold cereals, on salads, bllintzes, etc.

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    1. re: todao

      Coconut does freeze well. Also, if you dry it out, you can put it in the blender in chunks and make your own coconut flakes/powder. My mom always used to do this.

      1. re: fallingup

        How did your Mom dry it out? Did she use a dehyrdrator?

    2. Can you describe what the shell looks like? Green, or like a furry ball? I can give you better advice if I know more about this coconut, was it young, tender, sweet, bland? etc.

      If the water was sweet, I would just scrape the rest of the flesh out and eat it with a spoon. Yum.

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        1. re: TampaAurora

          So I am guessing the flesh is hard, not gelatinous? You must have done something with it by now, but just for next time, take something like a grapefruit spoon or some similar instrument, scrape out the flesh, shred it (one or two pulses in a food chopper...but don't over do it), and save it in the freezer in a plastic baggie. You should be able to extract 1 to 1 and 1/2 cups of flesh that way. No need to dehyrdrate, just take it out when you are ready for it, it will defrost fairly quickly.

          1. re: luckyfatima

            I enjoyed it as a good snack while watching one of the many House marathons. Thanks for the tips.

      1. I would take the flesh and toss in a blender with very warm water, strain the milk (can be repeated one to two times depending on the coconut) Then make yourself a pretty little curry, or some coco rice