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Desiccated Coconut

Desiccated Coconut

Desiccated Coconut
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Desiccated Coconut is dried, shredded (or flaked) Coconut.

It can be bought sweetened or unsweetened, flaked or shredded, and grated fine, medium or coarse,

It is usually sold in bags.

Cooking Tips

To toast Desiccated Coconut, spread it out on a baking sheet and toast under broiler or grill just until it starts to brown. It will happen all at once, so don't wander off to answer the phone. A slower but more cautious method is just to use the oven, at 325 F (160 C) for about 10 minutes.

If your Desiccated Coconut has become really desiccated (i.e. brittle and totally dried), you can soak it in water or milk for about 15 minutes. Drain, and dry the coconut on paper towel. You can also use the liquid in your recipe or freeze for another use.


Grated creamed coconut


2 cups of Desiccated Coconut = 5 oz = 140g = 1 grated coconut

1 oz (30 g) Desiccated Coconut = 4 tablespoons
100g / 4 oz Desiccated Coconut = 1 cup

Storage Hints

Store in sealed container once bag is opened.

See also:


Coconut Cream; Coconut Milk; Coconut Oil; Coconut Powder; Coconut Syrup; Coconut Vinegar; Coconut Water; Coconuts; Copha; Cream of Coconut; Creamed Coconut; Desiccated Coconut; Palmin

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Also called:

Coconut Flakes; Flaked Coconut; Shredded Coconut; Getrocknetes Kokosfleisch (German); Coco deshydratado (Spanish); Thengai Thuruval (Indian)


Oulton, Randal. "Desiccated Coconut." CooksInfo.com. Published 11 January 2004; revised 30 January 2010. Web. Accessed 04/19/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/desiccated-coconut>.

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