My Essential Kitchen Tool - 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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How essential is coconut?
Do you use coconut as an ingredient for your cooking? How often? How essential is coconut?
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.
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.
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.
I took hardly five minutes to scrape half a coconut using my simple coconut scraper.
Manual Rotary Coconut Grater
My favorite coconut grater is available on Amazon!
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