Thursday, September 24, 2009

Coconut Madness

Mature Coconuts make coconut milk, and coconut flour. All you need is a clever and some tenacity! At the base of the mature coconuts you will see three holes, choose one to plant the bottom edge of the clever and chisel/whack away at it until you can pour out the "milk".
Once you empty the "milk" you can give it a good crack it will open in half. Then the real fun begins, by using a spoon you can scrape out the meat...this also takes a bit of fortitude and courage... The meat will be very hard, you may need to carefully cut it out with a pairing knife. This may require cutting the coconut into smaller pieces.
Once the meat is out you will have a three part process...1)put all meat into a food processor to break it down, 2) put processed meat into a blender with juice from coconut, approx 1:3 3) pour concoction into juicer and voila! you have coconut milk and the pulp that comes out is your fresh shredded coconut shavings.
Enjoy the milk in smoothie or dessert recipes. The shredded coconut can be eaten just as it is, used in recipes for macaroons and other delicious things or, mix with a little agave and salt and dehydrate for a sweet and savory crunchy treat...sprinkle on salads, soups, or anything! :)

For coconut flour which can be used to make biscotti, and desserts, place shredded coconut on teflex sheet, dehydrate for 6 hours and then process in a food processor. Store in an airtight jar.

1 comment:

  1. All these years of opening coconuts, I thought there must have been an easier way. I guess not:)