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milling coconut

bendormaya's picture

milling coconut

Has anyone tried milling coconut? Iv'e mailed Komo and they said they wouldn't recommend milling it in their classic mill since it's too oily. Does anyone know of a flour mill that can?


Felila's picture

They're right -- fresh coconut is much too oily. I suppose you could mill the residue after the coconut oil has been pressed out, but that would be kinda tasteless.

In Tonga, where I lived for several years, they shredded fresh coconuts over a curved rasp mounted on a grating stool, then wrung out the grated coconut to get out the cream. They gave what was left to the chickens.

Or, they dried the coconut halves, pried out the dried meat (copra), and sold it to the state-owned copra buyers. A plant in Haveluloto squeezed the oil out of the copra and disposed of the residue.

If the Tongans didn't want to eat it, I don't think you would. 

If you want coconut flavor, how about replacing the liquid in a bread recipe with fresh or frozen coconut milk or cream?

Jolly's picture

I was given 5lbs. of dried organic coconut granules and they are very oily.


So I toast them and add them to my breads when I'm baking. I would not even consider running the dried coconut grandules through my flour mill.


But I have seen coconut flour in the health food section. So some one is milling coconuts. 



Richard L Walker's picture
Richard L Walker

I recommend grating your coconut rather than milling it.  Coconut paste (used in Thai dishes) is usually grated.

Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

I also recommend grating.   Grate a big pile and cover with the juice or water, then wring out the juice, save both.  The juice is the coconut milk for cooking and the pulp gets covered with warm clean water and wrung out again (dump the juice this time or drink it) then soak and rinse again.  Then spread pulp out on a clean dry flat woven cloth and roll up jelly roll fashion.  Squeeze and twist tightly to get the nut pulp as dry as can be.  You may want to repeat with another towel.  You can spread out on parchment and dry in a low temp oven (highly recommended.)  Remember the pulp is nut and will roast if oven setting is too high.   When dry try grinding in a blender. 

If the pulp is not dried, it will mold in just a day or two. I would freeze the coconut milk if not used the same day.

Mini O