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
Step 1. Preheat oven to 177 degrees Celsius
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.
Step 3. Place the coconut directly on the oven rack
Warm it up for 20 minutes.
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.
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.
Step 6. Reduce oven temperature to 120 degrees Celsius
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.
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
Step 1. Break the coconut with a hammer
Step 2. Pluck the pulp from the coconut
Step 3. Use a cheese grater to grate the pulp
Use the thick side of the grater.
Step 4. If you want the dried coconut to be a little sweet, put a little sugar on it (one or two teaspoons)
Step 5. Dehydrate for about eight hours at 58 degrees Celsius
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.