It can be frustrating to try a new recipe and not understand how much of an ingredient to purchase at the store, particularly if it is something less common or new to you. What are they really talking about? How much fresh coconut meat is in a pound? How many coconuts do I need to buy to get a pound of meat? In order to help make cooking easier we did some experiments to help tell you exactly how much coconut you need to buy.
In order to use fresh coconuts, you have to crack them open to remove the white meat inside. In addition to the meat, a fresh coconut will also contain about 1.5 cups of coconut water (this is not "coconut milk"). Although this sounds pretty simple in theory, it can be challenging. Regardless, it certainly is entertaining to try at least once! We selected 1 pound of coconut meat for our test sample to answer How much Coconut meat in a cup and a pound. How much coconut milk from a pound?
Generally speaking, a large ripe coconut will yield about 1 pound of coconut meat which produces about 5 to 6 cups of grated coconut. If you place the meat in a fine colander or cheese cloth and squeeze it, you can get about 1/2 cup of undiluted coconut milk. To make diluted coconut milk equal parts of freshly grated coconut meat and water are cooked, then strained. This results in a thick, rich, creamy white liquid with a wonderful sweet coconut flavor.
One medium coconut yields 3 to 4 cups grated meat which weighs about 10 ounces (283 grams). One cup of shredded coconut meat weighs about 3 ounces (85 grams).
One medium coconut weighs 1.5 to 2 pounds (680 to 907 grams), a full size one weighs 3 to 3.5 pounds (1.4 to 1.6 kilograms), but they can easily weigh up to 5.5 pounds (2.5 kilograms). Most grocery stores aim to sell whole coconuts that are about 5 inches in diameter and weighs 2.3 pounds. For your convenience, these local markets offer packaged pre-dried grated or flaked coconut.
Did you know that a single coconut palm tree produces about 50 fruit annually? Also, a typical palm tree can continue producing coconuts for 75 years. The coco-de-mer or Seychelles double coconut is the largest and can weigh up to 44 pounds (20 kilograms).
So now whether you need fresh coconut meat or milk you'll be able to easily figure out how much is in a pound of coconut. You can also use our conversion tool below for any custom how many cups in a... measurements you need. If you use a lot of coconut you should consider getting a good box grater. There are several inexpensive models that do the trick OXO Good Grips and the iCooker Stainless Steel Cheese & Chocolate Grater are 2 good examples to consider.
Three parts of the coconut are used: the white coconut meat, the coconut oil and the coconut milk. Coconut milk is not the thin liquid that drains from a fresh coconut when split open; it is made from a process of cooking shredded coconut meat and water.
Chunks of meat from an opened coconut may be refrigerated in an airtight container for about 1 week. If possible, pour the juice drained from the coconut over the chunks before refrigerating.
Refrigerate freshly grated coconut in an airtight plastic bag; the quality will hold for about 5 days.
Fresh unopened coconuts may be stored at room temperature up to six months.
Freshly grated coconut meat can be frozen in an airtight plastic bag for up to 6 months.
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