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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