Coconut facts and general information about coconuts.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Coconuts are Available:
Fresh coconuts are available year round but their peak season starts
How Does a it Grow:
Coconuts grow on a tree. The actual coconut is wrapped inside a hard
brown shell called a husk.
What to Look for When Buying:
When shaken you should hear some of the coconut liquid inside. If
you dont it is dried up and you should pick a different one.
Store at room temperature unless cut open then store in
How to Cook with Coconut:
First of all to open you must pierce one of the three holes with a
clean screwdriver and pour the liquid out. (You can store this in
the fridge but must be used within 1 day). Then crack the surface of
the coconut on something hard (have an adult do this!). It may take
Bake the drained coconut at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Allow to
cool and wrap in kitchen towel. Hit the coconut with a kitchen
mallet to release the meat from the shell. Chop coconut pieces in a
food processor or grate into shreds.
It takes some work getting the actual coconut meat out but it is a
great lesson on coconuts. Not to mention it makes you appreciate the
next time you buy that bag of shredded coconut at the store.
How to Toast Coconut
To toast coconut, spread coconut in a ungreased shallow pan. Bake
uncovered in 350° oven 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until
golden brown. Use for topping pies, puddings, or ice cream.
In bowl, combine coconut, sugar, flour and salt. Stir in egg whites
and vanilla; mix well. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet.
Bake at 325 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
Coconut Pumpkin Bread or Muffins
3 ½ Cups all-purpose flour
2 Cups packed brown sugar
2/3 Cup white sugar
1(15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 Cup vegetable oil
2/3 Cup coconut milk (can use plain
milk also; coconut milk makes the bread moist)
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 Cup flaked coconut
1 Cup chopped walnuts, toasted, optional
1 Cup raisins, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch loaf
pans or make into muffins. Combine flour, sugars, pumpkin, oil,
coconut milk, baking soda, salt, and spices. Mix until well blended.
Fold in coconut, raisins and nuts. Pour into prepared pans. Bake
loaves about 1 hour. Muffins should bake about 20-25 minutes or
until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven. Cover
with foil tightly, and allow to steam 10 minutes. Remove foil and
turn out onto cooling rack. Tent lightly with the foil. Allow to
In saucepan, stir sugar, cornstarch, flour and salt together. Stir
in eggs until mixture is well blended. Gradually stir in milk. Cook
over medium heat, stirring constantly with whisk, until boils.
Continue boiling and stirring one minute. Remove from heat; stir in
butter and vanilla. Stir in coconut until blended; pour into baked
pie crust. Cover with plastic wrap. Chill 2 hours. Before serving
top pie with whipped topping and sprinkle with toasted coconut.