I usually buy whole fresh coconuts from Indian grocery store (We can break there and check the quality before buying it). I bought this coconut scrapper/shredder from Chennai, which sticks to the counter top and have been using it for more than 8 years the same scrapper without any hassle. Insert/Holdthe coconut in one hand over the scrapper, in another hand rotate the handle clockwise, while rotating always make sure the sharp blades are over coconut flush. This will shred a coconut in 5 minutes. Pack them in a ziploc or air tight container and freeze it. This stays fresh for more than a month if handled properly. Once you take out for cooking don’t forget to put the remaining back in freezer. I buy 2 or 3 coconuts at a time and make it since I use more coconut in my cooking.
If you don’t have the scrapper don’t worry buy the fresh coconut, chop the flesh in to small cube like pieces and pulse them in Mixer/Mixie. They are not so perfect as shredded ones but something is better than nothing right.
- While shredding some coconut come off as it is (the whole thing when they are so tender they come off like that, If it happens so separately store them in a ziploc and use them to make coconut milk (if any dish calls for.
- Also as said earlier pulse in the mixer or mixie and use it for poriyal or curry wherever you need.
- Also a small handy coconut scrapper is available (will post the image soon) in market you can use that too but i feel a bit hard to scrap in it (refer below picture).