What is desiccated coconut?
Desiccated coconut is the pulp of the coconut, which is dried manually or by specialized equipment. This product is valuable because it is a raw material for making coconut oil, making cakes, jams, candies and by-products that can be used as animal feed or as fertilizer.
Desiccated coconut boiled with water will produce coconut oil, or it can also be used to squeeze then take fresh coconut oil and the residue is used as food for cattle. Desiccated coconut brings a lot of benefits to humans and animals. It is considered as an important export item of Indonesia, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tuvalu and some Caribbean countries. .
Ways to make desiccated coconut
Step 1: Subject coconut to preliminary treatment
Desiccated coconut can be done by different methods. The easiest way is to take fresh coconut peeled, cut into 2 half and then chopped using a grater. Then, apply a thin layer of shredded coconut on a baking sheet.
Step 2: Put shredded coconut into the oven
Place the baking tray and bake with coconut fiber 5-8 minutes. Actual baking time depends on the moisture content of coconut meat and coconut fiber size. After 1 implementation, desiccated coconut dry and brittle. If necessary, you can bake 2-3 minutes more to get the desired drying.
Step 3: Preserve
Transfer desiccated coconut in a sealed container and keep it in a cool and dry place. Unlike coconut need refrigeration, desiccated coconut is best stored at room temperature. You can keep it in almost a year. To get the grilled flavor, you can roast desiccated coconut in a baking tray until it turns brown coconut fiber. Or use the blender to get desiccated coconut powder. Here’s how you can make different kinds of desiccated coconut.