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Query from: Anonymous, Chennai, 01/07/11
Topic: COOKING      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: Best way to store an opened coconut..

I'm having a hard time in storing the opened coconut. However I preserve, I'm not able to use it after 2 days. What is the best way to store an opened coconut?

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Response from: KG Anand,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Source: This information comes from my own knowledge.
Try to keep it properly wrapped in a clean thin Polythene sheet at low temperature in the Deep Freezer or Ice Compartment of the Refrigerator which may last longer than two days but it should be consumed at the earliest since it cannot maintain the same freshness as a raw coconut inspite of best preservation methods which is quite natural please. Happy Using.

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Response from: Afreen 123,   
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HI, u cover it with a polythere wrapper(food wrappers available in market) and store it in the fridge.always keep in such a way that the open portion faces down. it will last for a week r more. i usally keep it for 10 days r so. just try it.

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Response from: Lavanya Rowe,   
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Hi

You can follow any of the following methods

1. Store in fridge mesh bags but their strings tied at the mouth of the bag. The bag allows air to circulate in the fridge and the coconut does not rot. I store tham this way atleast for one week to 10 days.

2. Refrigerate in convered glass container

3. Freeze in heavy duty freezer bags

4. Coconut kept in freezer with freezing temperature maintained constantly at 0 degree will keep any food including open coconut for very long time.

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Response from: khanjana desai,   
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just apply lemon juice all over the inside of the coconut and keep it in a zip pouch and refrigerate it.

hope i helped..:)

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First you have to was h the insides of the coconut with clean water. Remove any vibhoothi or Kumkum if it is from the temple. Then cover with an cling film and refrigerate. You can keep it for about 4-5 days at the most.

You can see that the coconut remain fresh for a longer time, if you grate it and then store in an airtight container in the freezer. Then you can keep it more than a week in the freezer but once you thaw you have to use it at once.

If you like you can grate the coconut and fry it to a golden colour and then store it the refrigerator. This will stay even for a month if you store in an airtight container. All the best

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Response from: Rajan C Mathew,   
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Keep it in the refrigerator, if you have one. Raw broken coconuts get fungal and bacterial attack if kept in the warm, humid room or kitchen. This can be eliminated and the coconut can be stored for a week or more if stored in the fridge. You can also keep it in the freezer compartment for longer preservation. In this case, it is preferrable to remove the shell and cut into smaller pieces before storing. When needed for use, take the pieces and keep it in water for some time to defreeze.

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Response from: Linda Deviell,   
Registered Member on Ammas.com
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Dear Anonymous,

Before I begin my answer to this question, I would like to inform you of the recent article I published on my homepage. Its topic is cooking, and in it I have covered several different forms of food preservation. It is very detailed and could be of some use to you as it contains details on coconut preservation. If you look at the comments, others have also given their opinions, and although I can't include them in my answer without infringing copyright laws, I sincerely recommend them!

Topic: Best Ways to Store an Open Coconut.

There are several good ways to store an open coconut, and they all depend on what kind of environment your in. For example: is your area hot or cold? Humid or dry?

I will write my answer assuming you are based in Chennai as that is what it says on your query.

1. Cut the coconut into small 3-inch cubes. Ensure when cutting that the cubes have clean edges, not ragged, so that that juice inside the coconut doesn't leak out when stored.

Wrap each individual cube in a small square of Polythene paper (this is often available at your local grocery store, generally around 30 rupees for 5 meters), place the wrapped cubes in snap-lock bags and freeze. Remember to check that the freezer temperature is under -10 degrees Celsius.

When you want to use the coconut, open up as many cubes as you will need and defrost/thaw for 15-20 minutes, or, until you can hold the cube in your bare hand for more than a minute without getting hurt by the cold.

Note that this method of preservation can keep the coconut fresh for around two to three weeks.

2. If the above method doesn't appeal to you, this is a good alternative!

Cut the coconut into even quarters and pack each one in micro-freeze bags. After putting them in, prepare a solution of lemon juice and salt. In each micro-freeze bag containing a coconut, add two teaspoons of salt and squeeze 3 lemons. This helps the coconut slow down the process of rotting.

Once you have added the mixture to all the coconut quarters, deep freeze them in their micro-freeze bags. This preserving method makes them last up to one week. When using the coconuts, first wash it to remove the lemon and salt mixture, and then microwave or thaw it. It is important to wash them before microwaving, or else the lemon mixture is absorbed by the coconut, giving it a bitter, sour and tangy taste.

3. This method doesn't preserve the coconut as long as the others, and is mainly useful if you don't have access to, or do not want to use a freezer. However, this method keeps the coconut more fresh and juicy then the other procedures.

Cut the coconut into thick, wedge shaped slices.

Buy or peel banana fresh banana skins, and wrap these around the wedges. Make sure that none of the coconut is left uncovered. This preserving method operates on the basis that the banana rots before the coconut, keeping the coconut fresh. It may sound a little odd, but this is the method I generally use, and believe me, it works!

Store the banana wrapped coconuts in a cool, dry place and wash before eating.

The coconuts will not rot for around 5 or 6 days.

One thing to remember with this method is that the banana skins will smell horrible when they rot, so make sure the coconuts are stored in a place where the smell won't bother you!

Tips:

1. Remember that no preservation method will leave the coconut how it originally was. If you need an extremely fresh coconut it is easier to buy a new one!

2. Never re-freeze a coconut, or any other food for that matter, after thawing it!

3. Most importantly always remember to drink water after eating coconut, as it has scientifically been proven to balance the alkalinity of a coconut. If you eat large portions of coconut and do not drink water, you will feel stomach aches or pains.

Hope this helps, and best wishes in your preserving!

Linda Deviell

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Response from: Subhash Gandhi,   
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Break the coconut and grate the same . You can open and greate more than one coconut. Keep the grated coconut in a airtight plastic container or zip lock and put the same in deep freezer. This way you can preserve the coconut for nearly 15 days.

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Response from: amrita rajan,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
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hi crate the coconut and store it in airtight container it will last for a week

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Response from: preeti saxena,   
Registered Member on Ammas.com
Source: Indusladies.com
I cut the coconut into cube pieces and store it in freezer in air tight container. I use it for a week or 10 days. Whenever I want to use, I thaw it half hour before and grind it in mixie. Usually, I grate the coconut using a hand grater and store it in the freezer in freezer safe ziploc bags.

And as Vidhya mentioned, we can thaw it for sometime before use. Or we can also keep it in the refrigerator part of the fridge the previous night before we use it in the morning.

Hope this helps!

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Response from: sambasivan s,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
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hello Anonymous, chennai !

My wife keeps coconut after scrapping into small pieces. Scrapped pieces are kept in ziplac bags and stored inside refrigerator. It has to be kept in freezer portion. If it is done like this it stays good for five days .

If u do not know using coconut scrapper the coconut has to be broken into pieces say ten or more and kept inside ziplac bag (freezer portion of refrigerator.)

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Response from: T subha,   
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The #1 Best way to make the opened coconut last longer Is to shred and then put into a zip lock bag, press as much air out of the bag as you can, then seal and store in the freezer.If you keep it in the bag in a thin layer, you will then be able to easily break off the amount you will need, and again store the rest back in the freezer for later use.

The #2 best way is to cut it into cubes,then store in a bag in the freezer. The problem with this is you will not be able to get as much air out of the bag as #1, so it might get freezer burned, but if planning to use soon it is okay.

#3 best method but even lazier is just thoroughly wrapping coconut half(without shell) well in the cling film pressing it into the concavity of the coconut half well.Then keep it in a zip bag. Before you need to use it, keep it outside or in the refrigerator the night before. If you need it in a pinch and have a microwave, take how much you need and microwave it on lowest setting. Do NOT microwave on high heat as it will become cooked and oily and will change the taste if making chutney or using in shredded form for. If grinding it up and cooking into gravies I do not feel taste is affected too badly.

The #4 and most lazy way is to first wrap in paper towel and then in a PAPER bag.This way moisture which will make it go bad fast, will be wicked away by paper towel.PAPER bag will keep it cool but allow moisture to evaporate off coconut and not build up on it. Must use it faster though tops can keep 3 days. Also this method the coconut may take on fridge taste or smell, so keep a small dish of baking soda next to it to keep it fresher.

The most important thing to do for all methods is to keep coconut as dry as possible. Do not wet or wash it before storing. If you are shredding and cutting and must wash, then wash and dry it as much as possible with paper towel or cloth, before cutting or shredding.

HOW MUCH WE DO FOR THESE COCONUTS!!!! This is what all i do depending on my energy level-hope it works out well for you too.

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Response from: Kavitha S,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
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You can slit the coconut into small pieces or scrape it using coconut scraper and save it in the freezer for later use. It works for me!

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Response from: divya ,   
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hi. the best way to store opened coconut is to keep it under a fan till it dries, make sure its completely dry and then wrap it up in a dry polythene bag and keep it in freezer. it really works!! even for a month if its stored in such a way nothing ll happen to it

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Response from: sireesha challapalli,   
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1.apply lill salt on the inside white part of the coconut n keep it in the refrigerator 2. keep the rest of the coconut in the chiller tray

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Response from: chakravarty devulapalli,   
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Freeze it in a deep freezer!

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Response from: sreevalli maruvada,   
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cut the coconut into small pieces or grate the coconut and put the pieces or grated coconut in the ziploc and keep it the freezer. You just take out whenever u want it and wash it with water and use it.

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Response from: usha gurnani,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
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I always put my remaining coconut in a sandwich bag and keep it in the freezer and even after a month the coconut is fresh and edible.

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Response from: R Naidu,   
Registered Member on Ammas.com
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Place it (either in chunks or grated) in a plastic bag and refrigerate up to 2 days. To keep fresh longer, wrap the prepared coconut in plastic and then in aluminum foil, and freeze for up to 2 months.

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Response from: Sandya Chander,   
Registered Member on Ammas.com
Source: This information comes from my own knowledge.
Are you storing in the fridge or freezer? Coconut will not stay more than a few hours once opened, especially in hot and humid weather conditions of Chennai. It is best to scrape the coconut or cut them into pieces before you store them in a plastic or steel box in the freezer. When you want to use, keep it out for a few hours or use a microwave to defrost the coconut. This way Coconut will last you not for months.

Regards, Sandya

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