Drying and Sweetening Coconut Meat?

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Processing these large palm seeds can give you a delicious addition to many recipes. This page is about drying and sweetening coconut meat.


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October 28, 2019

How do I shred, sweeten, and dry fresh coconut to use to make coconut macaroons?


October 29, 20190 found this helpful

This eHow has the easiest ways:


The oven method works better than microwave.

Just be sure not to over process with the food processor as it can turn to powder not flakes if you do it too long.


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October 29, 20190 found this helpful

We shred fresh coconut here all the time. You will not have a rasp like we have to do this one with. Cracking the shell can be difficult to get the meat out of the inside of the coconut. If you can manage to crack the shell and remove the meat the best way to do this is with a cheese grater.


Other than this I have taken a stick and hit 4 large nails in the side of the wood and used it to remove the coconut when I visited the US. You will need to use a round motion to move it over the heads of the mails to get the meat out of the coconut shell. After you can bake it in the oven to dry it out.

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October 29, 20190 found this helpful

Here is a great recipe to use it fresh thehealthyfoodie.com/.../

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March 2, 2010

Does anyone know how to sweeten and dry coconut meat?

By kim Schweitzer


March 5, 20100 found this helpful

I have a couple of good books that I refer to when questions like this come up--How to Dry Foods by Deanna DeLong, HP Books and and Dehydration Made Simple by Mary Bell, Magic Mill. Here is a paraphrase:Coconuts are 51% water.


Start with a coconut that is heavy for its size and full of liquid. Poke holes in one of the "eyes" at one end and drain liquid. Crack shell with a hammer and steam for 1 min. to loosen meat from the shell. Use a stout knife to pry meat the rest of the way loose and to trim off brown rind from meat.

Grate or cut into 1/4 or 1/2 inch cubes or strips and dry at approx. 130 degrees F (55C) until leathery or dry and crunchy. To sweeten, sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar before drying.

Because of high oil content, dried coconut keeps best when stored in an air-tight container in the frig. or freezer until used. May turn ivory in color after drying. Have fun. Begonia

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March 14, 20100 found this helpful

I break the shell of the coconut, peel the hard skin, slice and add sugar. Then I put it in the food processor. I add about 1 cup of water, blend till it's fine and drain with a muslin cloth.


I use the milk for cooking chicken and prawns or veggie curry and the coconut I place on a baking tray and dry in the oven. When it's dry I store in containers and use for baking.

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November 19, 2009

How do I sweeten coconut?

By Yvonneg from Plano, TX


November 19, 20090 found this helpful

Hi! Well, coconut is already pretty sweet, and of course it matters what you're going to use it for. But, since you didn't mention a recipe I'll guess that you want to eat it fresh from the shell? After you break it out of the shell, you could try dunking it in a "bath" of about 1/2 cup of water and 2 Tbspn of sugar or Splenda.


An alternative would be using vanilla abstract in place of the sugar. But we've always eaten fresh coconut as is, when it's fresh. Hope this helps!

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