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Coconut Products in the Supermarket

Whole fresh coconut:

Desiccated coconut: found in the baking section - grated coconut.(This can be used to make coconut milk by pouring 300ml (½ pint) of boiling water over 225g (8 oz) of desiccated coconut. When cool, press through a fine sieve and squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible. The process can be repeated for a thinner second extraction.

Shredded coconut: found in the baking section, but heavily sweetened, unlike desiccated coconut.

Creamed coconut: this comes in a solid block form, and shouldn't be confused with coconut cream.

Coconut oil: you might find this in the ethnic food section. It's often used for frying in Caribbean and southern Indian cooking.

Coconut milk powder: this can be added to cakes or is ideal for making coconut ice cream.

Coconut milk:

Coconut cream:

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