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How to Make Fresh Coconut Cream

Updated on July 21, 2014

Everybody Loves Coconut

Do you like using coconut cream in your cooking? It gives that bland rice a new flavor and makes soup much sweeter. However, it's most likely that you would get yours processed from the local grocery. But what if you could make your own fresh coconut cream? In this lens, I will show you how to make your own fresh coconut cream.

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The Coconut

A Closer Look

Firstly let’s look at the coconut itself. The coconut is a family of the palm tree. Its fruit, which we extract cream, is technically a drupe – not a nut – and the name cocos is Spanish for ‘grinning face’, from the three small holes on the coconut shell that resemble a face.

In the Pacific the coconut has a number of uses like timber, thatching, roofing, rope from it bark. However, it most basic use is as an essential ingredient in tropical dishes and as I previously mentioned, I will now show you how to extract fresh coconut cream.

Get Crunching

Get Under the Coconut Spell

Before you start extracting coconut cream, you have to have:

  1. a husked coconut;
  2. a scraper; a device designed to grate coconut flesh, and;
  3. someone will to do the manual grating.

It is also very important that you must wash your hands before preparing any food.

A cracked coconut
A cracked coconut

Let's Get Started

Crack Open the Coconut

Firstly, crack open the coconut by hitting the side of the coconut with a strong object preferably something thin like the blunt side of a machete or piece of metal. If you do it correctly, the coconut will split right in the middle. This will make it easier to grate.

If you are a child attempting this then I suggest getting an adult to to this bit for you. If you are an adult, take extra care. We don't want you ending up in the hospital nursing an injured hand.

Grating the coconut
Grating the coconut

Now the Hard Work

Grate the Coconut

The next thing is to start grating the coconut flesh. This is by scraping the flesh of the coconut with the grater. The grated flesh will fall into a dish or container.

Now that you have grated coconut you can extract the cream.

If you find this method complicated then try this method on WikiHow: How to Grate Coconut (14 Steps with pictures)

The Fun Part

Extracting the Juices

In a dish or bowl, add water to the grated coconut flesh and then squeeze it to extract the juice. The juice is then filtered to another container to remove the waste leaving only the cream. The cream can now be used for cooking.

You can filter it several times to remove the grated waste. However, it won't kill you if eat it.

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    • BernardSinai LM profile imageAUTHOR

      BernardSinai LM 

      6 years ago

      @ismeedee: Why does it fascinate you that I'm from Papua New Guinea?

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      6 years ago

      I loooove coconut and I use a lot of (store bought) coconut cream in recipes. I have tasted fresh coconut and it is so gorgeous, I'm sure I'd love the freshly homemade cream. I need to do this!!! Thanks for the info. fascinating that you are from Papua, New Guinea!!

    • BernardSinai LM profile imageAUTHOR

      BernardSinai LM 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Dave,

      It is quite delicious. I'm currently writing a local PNG recipe that uses coconut cream. I will be posting it once I'm done.

    • rawwwwwws lm profile image

      rawwwwwws lm 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!! Definitely, must try fresh coconut cream!

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      6 years ago

      Hi, Bernard! I've not eaten coconut very much. Most of my experience eating coconut involves eating coconut cake, which I love. I would like to try eating something that's been cooked with coconut sounds delicious!

    • BernardSinai LM profile imageAUTHOR

      BernardSinai LM 

      6 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thanks JoshK47

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      6 years ago

      Great step-by-step instructions!

    • BernardSinai LM profile imageAUTHOR

      BernardSinai LM 

      6 years ago

      @BuckHawkcenter: Thanks, BuckHawk.

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image


      6 years ago

      This looks good and thanks for explaining so well, too. Maybe I can even do it myself!


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