Questions tagged [coconut]

Coconut generally means the sweet creamy interior flesh of a whole coconut. Use this tag for questions about selecting, identifying, storing, preparing, replacing or cooking with coconut, coconut flesh or coconut milk as a star ingredient. Questions about dishes which include coconut, but are not focused on coconut, should not use this tag.

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How do you open a coconut?

Without killing yourself or others?
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How do I prevent coconut milk from separating in Thai curry?

It seems like every single attempt I've made at making a Thai-style coconut curry ends up with the sauce mixture separating. Although it usually still tastes good, the coconut ends up looking like it ...
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What is this core inside a coconut seed?

In the German survival show "7 vs Wild", one of the participants opened a coconut seed to find it filled with something he calls a "cake" (the light-yellowish part in the image ...
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What are substitutions for coconut in curry?

I'm allergic to coconut - this is a new allergy, so I really miss Thai and Indian curry! I also have issues with dairy. Would it work to use roasted cauliflower puree as a curry base instead of ...
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What would be a good substitute for coconut milk in curry sauces?

Specifically, if I work from a started paste that require adding coconut milk, what would be a good substitute?
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Knife chopping through bone or coconut

Is it ok to use a chef knife to chop through bones (not too big, like chicken or pork ribs) or a coconut or will it ruin the knife permanently? I've done that on occasion and it did not seem to ...
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How do I extract coconut milk from coconut meat?

Coconut milk in the local grocery store costs around $1.50 for a small can. Cans of coconut milk that cost less are full of fillers such as extra water and gums to thicken it. Whole coconuts, on the ...
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Can coconut cream be transformed into coconut milk, or vice versa?

Can coconut cream be transformed into coconut milk, or the other way around? For example, will adding water or cow milk to coconut cream make a usable coconut milk? Or by reducing coconut milk, can I ...
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How to know whether a coconut is ripe or rancid before buying

Buying the shrink-wrapped coconuts (in shell) at the store is similar to playing Russian Roulette. All this trouble of getting the water out and breaking the shell only to find out the coconut is ...
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Can I make a béchamel sauce with coconut cream?

I want to make a béchamel sauce with coconut cream instead of milk. Does anybody have a guess whether this will work?
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What is Baker’s Cookie Coconut?

The Joys of Jell-O, on page 73, has a recipe for “Marzipan” that calls for “1 package (7 oz.) Baker’s Cookie Coconut”. This product doesn’t appear to exist anymore. It appears to be something ...
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When to prefer yogurt, cream, and coconut milk in an Indian vegetarian dish to make it creamy?

Firstly, I have noticed all the curried dishes we eat in an Indian restaurant feel "creamy". Now, I don't know whether they add cream, or yogurt, or coconut milk? In which kinds of dishes do we need ...
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Canned Coconut milk is curdled when opened

I bought Coconut milk (88% coconut and rest water) in a sealed can, when I opened it the solid where already separated from the liquid. The solid part was at the top quite thick like frozen coconut ...
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Cracking coconut cream

I have several recepies which call for cracking coconut cream (Thai curries). I used to just fry the curry paste and add coconut cream (or coconut milk) which produces reasonable results, but on ...
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What is this paste I got from boiling down coconut "whey"?

I have been fascinated with taking byproducts of a fresh coconut, and this time I got this sweet and very sour paste from boiling down coconut "whey" First, let me explain what is this coconut whey : ...
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What quantity of coconut oil should be substituted for butter in a brownie mix?

I want to substitute coconut oil for the butter in a brownie mix but I don't know how much to use. The recipe calls for 3/4 stick of melted butter. How much coconut oil should I use?
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Substitute for coconut milk in curry

I would like to make Thai yellow curry or Panang curry but there is a severe coconut allergy in my family so I cannot put even a trace of coconut into it. I have the Mae Ploy curry pastes for both but ...
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Thai Curry seems more watery over the last year?

I've made Thai Penang Curry probably ONE THOUSAND TIMES. Not quite weekly for 25 years. No joke. Over the last year or so, I've noticed it's surprisingly watery, however I haven't changed my method ...
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How do you determine whether a coconut is young or not by knocking on it?

I've seen some people knock on a coconut to determine if it is young or not. Sometimes they knock with their knuckles, or with a machete. How do they do that? A young coconut has lesser meat, but ...
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Homemade Coconut Yogurt Turned Yellow on Top Overnight

I'm making my first little foray into the wonderful world of cultured food making, and have been trying my hand at Coconut Yogurt (this is attempt #4). I have a crock pot that I fill with water, plug ...
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Can coconut cream be made from coconut flour?

I have never seen or tried coconut cream (nor milk) personally, so I have no idea what should be it, but since I need it as a ingredient in my cocktails, I decided to give it a shot and try to make it....
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How can I create this coconut milk, fruit, and veggie snack at home?

My baby and I both enjoy Happy Creamies. I don't enjoy the price, however, and I do enjoy making food for my family. I'm trying to figure out what the basics of a similar homemade item would be. ...
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How do I make coconut milk at home?

I rarely use coconut milk, so it's not something I like to keep around the house. On the rare occasion I do use it, most of it goes to waste because I only need a little bit. How do I make it at home, ...
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Coconut milk looks like water with butter chunks

I bought a can of coconut milk (or a cream really, it is rather fat, around 17%) for my piña colada. I have never bought coconut milk before. It was weird inside. Upper half was like butter paste and ...
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How do I finely strain fresh coconut milk?

I had a lovely bunch of young coconuts. I extracted the water of most of them, and I blended all the meats and enough of the water (in the right proportion) to make something like 3 gallons of coconut ...
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Substituting Cream without Coconut

I'm mastering my vegetable curry recipe and while it is spectacular in its current form using heavy whipping cream, I have some wild notion that the recipe would be more appreciated if I could manage ...
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Can coconut oil be used for frying?

I found various contradicting sources as to whether coconut oil can be used for frying or not. Some claim it is "The ideal oil for frying" as it has a high smoking point, while some say it is not ...
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Yellow sticky film on coconut meat - is it bad?

I drank water out of this coconut and then left it unopen in a fridge for few days, and this happened - see the yellow film. It is sticky and the taste is neutral. Doesn't look like mold. Is it bad, ...
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making cream with almond milk and fat

I want to make a replacement for heavy cream. I'm considering almond milk blended with a fat. I have a high powered blender on the way for this purpose (yes, it will blend). Some fats I'm considering:...
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How to choose coconut in supermarket?

I am an avid eater of coconut... Well, I would be if I had some decent coconut to begin with! It happened quite a few times that when I bought a coconut in a supermarket (you know the brown, ripe ...
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How can I make caramel that will hold its shape, without using refined sugar?

I am making my own ice cream pops. One flavor I'm developing is Peach Cobbler. I've been trying to include some caramel in the bars, yet I can't seem to make a type caramel using coconut sugar, that ...
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How to substitute unsweetened coconut for sweetened coconut?

I'm planning to make a coconut macaroon recipe that calls for: 1 cup of cream of coconut 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 4 egg whites 3 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut 3 cups of sweetened ...
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Coconut cream from coconut butter

How can I make coconut cream from coconut butter? I am making Pina Colada cocktail and I need coconut cream. I have one original coconut cream (for the sake of not advertising, I will not put here ...
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Why does my coconut sauce lack a strong coconut taste?

Why doesn't my coconut sauce have a strong coconut flavor similar to what is served in Thai restaurants? Do they use real coconut or coconut essence or coconut oil? I use a can of coconut.
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Can I cook with cosmetic coconut oil?

I have this jar of coconut oil from NOW Foods that my wife found in the beauty isle. She wasn't using it, and I'm wondering if I can use it to make pancakes. The jar is labeled "skin & hair / ...
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What can I use as a substitute for grated coconut in heavy syrup?

I have a Latin American recipe that calls for grated coconut in heavy syrup. Apparently, you can commonly buy it in cans in Latin America, but not here in the USA. Can I substitute some mixture of dry ...
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Homemade coconut milk separates into different layers after a day in the fridge

I made some coconut milk. After a day in the fridge there was two layers of liquid in the jar, coconut water and solid coconut which I found out afterwards that it is called coconut butter! When I ...
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Coconut milk in iced coffee

I like using coconut milk in my coffee. However, during summer, I like putting ice in my coffee. Some part of the coconut milk clumps up around the ice. This is organic unsweetened, so only coconut ...
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Peeling coconut meat from shell

I roasted these two coconuts at 350℉ for about 15 min. I was hoping it would make it easier to detach the meat from the shell but it didn't so much. I peeled it but I struggled with a butter knife. ...
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What are the principal components of coconut taste, and how do they differ between fresh and stale coconuts?

I was used to drinking coconut milk and finding that it is nice, a bit sweet, and a bit bland. One day i had a normal supermarket coconut, that tasted like Malibu essence inside. Is that what a very ...
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Chocolate Cream Pie using coconut cream or Coconut milk?

Can I substitute coconut milk or coconut cream for milk in a chocolate cream pie?
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Equivalence between fresh coconut and coconut cream?

I've been enjoying my cookbook Fish Indian Style which I won in the Question-of-the-Week contest here on Seasoned Advice. However, I'm having difficulty with one common ingredient used in Atul ...
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What is the difference between how nut flours and nut butters are made?

Nut flours are made by grinding nuts. Nut butters are made by grinding nuts as well. Do nut flours have the oil removed, or are they just ground a different way?
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How to make creamier and softer vegan coconut ice-cream?

I was making vegan coconut ice-cream with coconut milk base. Instead of using a can of coconut milk, shredded coconut with hot water was squeezed through a towel for coconut milk replacement. Then ...
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Will colored shredded coconut show up in brownies?

My coworkers would like me to make faux "special" brownies. The requirements are that the brownies look the part and still taste good but don't have any actual "herbs" in them. My first thought was ...
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How to shell a coconut without breaking the seed?

Quite a lot of the time I'm able to get large parts of seeds by hitting the shell against the ground. This causes bigger cracks in the shell than the seed, I can then pry off the outer layer. However, ...
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How to infuse coconut flavor into nuts?

While traveling abroad, I purchased a small bag of salted cashews at a convenience store. I immediately noticed that they have a distinctively different taste from what I'm used to; slightly more ...
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Coconut milk ice cream — getting volume?

I've made ice cream with full-fat coconut milk twice in my KitchenAid ice cream maker with OK results. I've followed the instructions and have run the machine for the time suggested (about 20 ...
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Coconut rice; should it taste like coconut?

I made coconut rice yesterday with a simple recipe (coconut milk, water, tsp sugar, pinch of salt, rice, all in the rice cooker). I was a little bit underwhelmed by the output; the rice was cooked ...
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Is there a device that can be used to grate coconut and sweet potatoes electrically?

Does anyone know of a tabletop device that can grate coconut electrically? I love coconut products but most recipes call for grating the kernel which I do not like to do, it is a hard job, sometimes ...
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