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Coconut Graters and Scrapers
Some of the most simple tools still provide the best results. A good example is the coconut grater and shredder from Thailand.
Article by: Barbara Bowman
Uses For Grated Coconut
How you will use the fresh coconut will determine the tool you'll want to to use to grate or shred the meat. If you are going to use the coconut in recipe such as a curry then you will want fine gratings that you would get using a typical coconut grater with a wide stainless steel blade.
Sometimes you may want the coconut to be shredded if you are going to use it for decorative purposes. For this purpose you'd want to use a coconut scraper. The tip on the scraper will determine the shape of the shreds and we show examples below.
Prepare A Coconut For Grating or Shredding
Remove The Coconut Water
First you need to remove the coconut water. The bud end of the coconut has 3 small indentations. Use a sharp object like an awl or an ice pick and poke a hole in at least 2 of the 3 indents. Pour the water into a cup or bowl. The water is very tasty and nutritious so don't throw it away.
Open The Coconut
The easiest way to open a coconut is to tap horizontally along the center of the coconut using the backside (not the blade) of a heavy cleaver. Once you've made a crack around the entire circumference you can smack the coconut on a hard surface and it will break apart. Beware of hitting the hard shell on a delicate counter top.
Once the coconut is open you can use your tool of choice to do the grating work.
This tool is used to create both long fine shreds as well as wider coconut curls.
Close up of the coconut scraper's thin shredding blade. The backside of the little holes have a rough edge. You drag the blade along the coconut and it creates perfect shreds. See picture below.
These long thin shreds were obtained by using the
Close up of the loop side of the coconut scraper
These wide "curls" were created using the looped side of the coconut shredder. Drag the edge of the loop along the coconut in a scooping motion.
Hand style coconut graters are inexpensive, take up little drawer space and are easy to use. They are more "human power" intensive than electrics but once you've used one of these graters you can expect to grate a cup of fresh coconut in just a couple of minutes.
This is a small hand tool about 6" long with a 2 1/2" blade. To use this tool you simply break the coconut in half then use a downward motion and scrape the blade along the coconut meat. This action produce small, fine gratings of coconut meat for use in your recipes.
This style grater provides the same results as the table top grater paddle (shown on right side of page) or the coconut grater stool.
The only downside to this grater is that when you are using it you are prone to place your finger on the sharp peeler side which could be dangerous.
This is another style hand coconut grater with a long handle (about 11" long) and a circular 2" stainless steel blade. The long handle assists by providing leverage, especially if you tend to not have real strong writs. The grater is easy and safe to use.
To use this grater you just scrape along the inside of an open coconut and tap the gratings into a plate or bowl.
Rotary coconut graters are either manual or electric and typically connect to your counter top via a clamp or a suction system.
The small suction versions, frequently from India tend to not stay in place as you grate and create a mess and a potential danger of grating your hands.
If you have a counter suitable for "clamping" to then these graters can efficiently grate a coconut. They just tend to be a lot of "apparatus" if you don't use a lot of fresh coconut. They also tend to be significantly more expesnive.
The electic versions look like a rechargable drill with a grater head. These can be pretty tricky to use particularly if you don't have good arm and wrist strengh. You definately don't want to slip when using this tool.