How To Dry Coconut
Do you know how to dry coconut? The best way to increase the shelf life of a coconut is to shred it and dry it. That way, it stores for longer and you can use it as a regular ingredient in various recipes. It is very easy to dry coconut at home. Read on to know how…
Drying Coconut Without Removing the Water Inside
This may not be such a common way to dry coconut but a coconut, thus dried, remains sweet in taste. Therefore, this dried coconut is often used to make sweetmeats in India as well as other parts of South Asia. Here is how you can dry a coconut like this:
- Select one or more good coconuts with water still inside.
- Place these under direct sunlight.
- In a matter of days, the coconut meat will absorb all the water inside.
- Shake coconuts to confirm complete absorption of coconut water.
- Cut in half and grate or powder for use accordingly.
Drying Coconut in Oven
Drying of coconut in the oven is done only after decanting its water and cutting the coconut open.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Make a hole in one of the eyes of the coconut and decant water through it. The water is generally sweet if coconut is a good one and hence it can be consumed. Cloudy water is indicative of rotten coconut.
- Place the coconut in oven for 20 minutes.
- Using a cleaver, break open the coconut. You will now have two halves of the same.
- Now, the meat has to be separated from shell. This can be done using a paring knife.
- Shred dried coconut in a grinder or blender. Alternately, grate coconut halves to get coconut flakes.
- Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees F and place the coconut meat on the trays inside.
- Let it dry for 10 to 15 minutes and after it comes down at room temperature, store it in airtight containers.
As explained, drying coconut is easy. To simplify the process further, purchase wet, shredded coconut and dry it in the oven at home, as explained in the process number 2.
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