I live 30 miles south of the city that has a Nature's Pantry near me, and even then they don't always have good Thai baby coconuts or coconuts at all. They're also very expensive and I can't afford them.
Is there a way to substitute coconut meat with something else less expensive and more readily available in recipes? So many of the recipes I want to try have coconut meat in them, and I wish I could afford them, but I can't.
Hi I sometimes use something called "dessicated coconut": http://coconutboard.nic.in/dc.htm which is finely ground coconut. To make it smoothe i process it with water till it's completely fine. It won't taste exactly as creamy as a fresh young cocnut, but it is pretty close. The asian market near where I live also sells frosen coconut meat. I prefer this to the "fresh" ones, because I heard alot of the young thai coconuts are put in formaldehyde before shipping to prevent moulding. Lot's of markets sell dessicated coconut, and you can keep it in the pantry for a long while before it goes bad :)
EDIT: - I now noticed the brand to the link I produced actually blanches the coconut meat :/ - The brand I use claimes that they don't, and that it is just air dried.
I have never found a good fresh coconut here in Britain- they are always dried up. I too get the dessicated- I buy it in a packet and then put it in a clean glass jar. I used it in Jonsi's strawberry coconut pie and it was great. I used the creamed coconut for the cream topping.
I can get coconut oil cheaply here in an Asian supermarket-£1.99.I use it mostly on my skin for the eczema as it's soothing- I make home made ointments with it. In fact I'll be using my last to make some more tommorrow- coconut oil is on my shopping list for next week!
Gosh, I don't know- what we get here in Britain you might not have.I think I just got one from the supermarket- I don't use it much at the moment as I haven't an electric blender- made the pie at a friends who has an electric mixer.
I would obviously try to get an organic one! Have a look in your nearest organic/health shop. It shouldn't be too expensive.
Hey greenwood, just wondered if the coconut oil you got from the Asian supermarket is raw? It's just that I noticed some too the other day in the Asian section of a supermarket but don't think it was raw. Do you remember the brand name of yours?
PS. I get Crazy Jack Organic Desiccated Coconut as also struggle to get fresh coconut.