Coconut Graters / Coconut Scrapers
Most people tend to love coconut products, but making them often requires grating the coconut kernel, which is a real hassle. First you would have to get the kernel out of the shell - that's a hard job. After that comes the grating - some use a cheese grinder, others try using a Microplane zester. To grate a freshly opened raw coconut is, at least for me, simply irritating, because sometimes bits of skin end up in the grate.
The easy way out would to buy grated coconut, but the difference between store bought and homemade is, in this case, surprisingly vast. Of course there are coconut graters, or coconut scrapers(same thing), that only require you to split the coconut in half and then either scrape manually or hold the half of coconut and push a button.
Electric Coconut Grater
This Thing Is a Coconut Grating Machine
This has to be the easiest way to scrape coconut at home. It is basically a small drill with coconut shredder head scraper thingy, so you could buy only the grater head and use your own drill on low power.
The grater head itself is made of the same high-quality stainless steel as the regular grater, so it does not rust and is dishwasher safe. At one end you have almost two hundred serrated point blades that easily shred raw coconut meat to a nice fine size, and the other end can be used with any normal corded or cordless drill.
What's more, the seller ships internationally, so even if you are not located in the USA or Canada, you can still order it and enjoy homemade shredded coconut and making tasty dishes.
All in all, if you are looking for a coconut shredder, this is the best way to go. It is electric, easy-to-clean and not overpriced. I bought mine in summer of 2012, the blade is as sharp as ever and the drill hasn't failed yet.
My Favorite Manual Shredder - Simple in Design
It is simple, just scrape the half of coconut against the blade, but very effective - if you have strength. Shredding coconut using that blade requires a bit of strength, therefore I would recommend buying the larger one, where it is possible to sit on so you could use both hands to scrape the coconut, instead of using one hand to hold the scraper and the other to do the scraping. It does take a lot of space and cleaning it thoroughly is annoying, but it does do what it is meant to do.
If you do go for the smaller one, keep in mind that you could simply detach the blade and build your very own bench. That would be a nice little DIY project.
You can sit on it an use all your strength.
Smaller and cheaper alternative - the metal part is the same.
Cleverest Alternatives - and the Most Practical
A rotary cheese grater is one way to go - that's something you can grate coconut with and it is electric. Although it does mean getting the kernel out of the shell, which is not easy. Once that is accomplished, the electric shredder does save you the trouble of manually grating the coconut and if you already have it lying around, why not put it to good use.
Another, perhaps more popular, is to use a Microplane. I would recommend using either Coarse or Extra Coarse, however, there are a few recipes where coconut-paste would be a better fit than desiccated or freshly grated coconut, in which case a finer Microplane would do the job. Do mind your fingers when handling with does sharp products, especially when shredding fresh coconut.
A real multitasker.
Freshly Grated Coconut
A Small Selection of Recipes That I Enjoy
- Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Or CCCC for short. These things are DELICIOUS. The recipe tells to use desiccated coconut - switch that out with your own freshly grated coconut.
- 10 Best Coconut Recipes (according to The Guardian journalist)
From there, Coconut cream pies with raw ginger crust - the first one in the list, is something worth trying out.
- Coconut White Chocolate Brownies
If you like very sweet brownies, this is worth trying out.
- Coconut Shrimps
Title says it all.