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My Essential Kitchen Tool - Coconut Scraper

Updated on April 3, 2015

Coconut Scraper

The coconut scraper - or coconut grater or coconut shredder - is an essential kitchen tool without which I would find it very difficult to manage for even a day. It is a very simple tool but plays a very important role in my kitchen. The main reason is that I use a lot of coconut in my cooking. For those who are not such avid coconut lovers, the tool can be helpful whenever they have to use coconut for their curries or desserts. There are very many other options but I will walk you through the simple manual coconut scraper that I have been using all these years.

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Many Uses of Coconut In Cooking

In the coastal regions of India and in many other countries where the coconut palm grows in plenty, coconut is an essential ingredient for cooking. I come from one such region where coconut and coconut oil are used in traditional recipes and therefore whether it is a curry or a dessert or a snack, there are plenty of options for using coconut. It is usually scraped and used or the coconut milk is extracted and used but in either case a coconut scraper is a must in the kitchen.

The Options

There are many options available :

1. Very simple traditional graters consisting of a serrated blade attached to a stand and clamped on to a table. The coconut is held in the hand and physically scraped against the blade. A very simple. cheap option which works alright but makes the job a strenuous one.

2. Electric potato graters or mixer grinders can be used for shredding the coconut. Once you put the coconut "meat" in the gadget the job is very simple. But the preparation is tedious because removing the "meat" from the coconut shell involves some time and effort. Moreover the extent of shreding needs to be controlled otherwise it may turn out to be too coarse or too fine. Obviously this is a costly option unless you are making use of an already existing gadget.

3. Rotary Coconut Scraper is my favorite and I have been using one for many years even though I have other options. The obvious advantages are convenience, uniform shreds, and not very expensive.

You can take a look at all these options before you decide.

Traditional Coconut Scraper

This is the traditional way in which coconut is scraped. The scraper is fixed by clamping on a platform or table.

Electric Grater

You can always go for the electric option as you can see in this video. You will need to have the electric potato grater or invest in one. It is also important to keep in mind that in this process, you will have to first remove the coconut meat from the shell, which can be tedious.

My Favorite Coconut Scraper

Just watch this demonstration of my coconut scraper and discover how simple, easy and convenient it is.

Job Done

I took hardly five minutes to scrape half a coconut using my simple coconut scraper.

Rotary Coconut Scraper
Rotary Coconut Scraper

Manual Rotary Coconut Grater

My favorite coconut grater is available on Amazon!

I would love to hear your views, comments, suggestions, and so I would really appreciate if you could spend a few moments to add your comments below.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looks like my blessing didn't hold here, several from the fall just didn't for some reason and I'm catching up with them. I have thought of this unique lens since I was here.....a coconut scraper just makes good sense!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Nice lens and well explained. Blessed.

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      Totus Mundus 5 years ago

      This is a great tool, I'd never heard of it before!

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Thank you for the blessing.

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @Melissa Miotke: Thank you. for the comment and blessing.

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Thank you.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      This is really cool! It seems like it would make things way easier. Blessed!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Happy Halloween blessings to you!

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @sailor_man: Thank you.

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      sailor_man 5 years ago

      super tools

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a wondrous invention, the coconut scraper saves so much time and energy and coconut seems to be gaining in popularity. Many are especially switching to coconut oil to replace butter and other oils since it is cholesterol free and considered to be a good fat. I like how you used videos of the different methods and your coconut scraper does win the day for sure. I've wondered how people who use whole coconut get the job done and now I know.

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      I definitely need one of these!

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      This is such a great idea, especially for dessert recipes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago


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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Thank you for the blessing and featuring my lens on your "My Squid Angel Blessing for 2012."

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @goo2eyes lm: yes , those are found a lot in Asia.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      In Hawaii we used an old metal scraper attached to a log of wood. I so want this tool! *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Food & Cooking » Kitchen Appliances & Gadgets, Bakeware & Utensils" neighborhood.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      we used a manual one which we could sit on back in asia.

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: Thank you.

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Looks like a great kitchen tool!


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