How to Dry Coconut: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Dry Coconut: 14 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Dry Coconut: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

You can use dry coconut instead of fresh in recipes such as cookies and cakes, as well as in sauces. The advantage of dried coconut is that it can be stored longer than fresh, which means you can always have it on hand when you need it. You can buy dried coconut at most supermarkets, but you can also create a homemade version.


Method 1 of 2: Oven Drying

Dry Coconut Step 1

Step 1. Preheat oven to 177 degrees Celsius

Dry Coconut Step 2

Step 2. Drill the coconut between your "eyes" using a 1cm drill bit

Pour water into a dish or cup. The water must be transparent. If it is cloudy or colored, it is not good for consumption. You can discard the good water or drink it if you wish.

Dry Coconut Step 3

Step 3. Place the coconut directly on the oven rack

Warm it up for 20 minutes.

Dry Coconut Step 4

Step 4. Remove the coconut from the oven and wrap it in a towel, creating a bag

Hold the end of the towel to keep the coconut steady and tap it several times with a hammer to break it.

Dry Coconut Step 5

Step 5. Pluck the pulp from the coconut with a strong knife, such as a trimming knife

The pulp may have a thin brown skin attached to the side where it was touching the skin. Remove skin with a vegetable peeler.

Dry Coconut Step 6

Step 6. Reduce oven temperature to 120 degrees Celsius

Dry Coconut Step 7

Step 7. Chop the coconut into pieces with a food processor and spread on a baking sheet

Follow the coconut in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

Dry Coconut Step 8

Step 8. Allow to cool and transfer the dry coconut to an airtight container

Store it in a cool, dry place.

Method 2 of 2: Dehydrating

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Step 1. Break the coconut with a hammer

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Step 2. Pluck the pulp from the coconut

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Step 3. Use a cheese grater to grate the pulp

Use the thick side of the grater.

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Step 4. If you want the dried coconut to be a little sweet, put a little sugar on it (one or two teaspoons)

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Step 5. Dehydrate for about eight hours at 58 degrees Celsius

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Step 6. Bag the dry coconut

Use an airtight container or a resealable bag.


  • If you want a sweet coconut, dissolve a teaspoon of sugar in 230 ml of water. Pour the mixture over the coconut and let it soak for 30 minutes. Drain off excess water and bake the coconut on the baking sheet for 15 to 25 minutes.
  • If the supermarket in your area doesn't have whole coconuts, you can buy the fresh grated coconut, spread it on the baking sheet, and bake at 120 degrees Celsius for 10 to 15 minutes in the oven, until dry.
  • To use dry coconut in place of fresh, soak it in water to reconstitute it.

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