Coconuts are one of the most popular coconut products which are often consumed raw, canned and dried. Coconut is a coconut product that can be found in various ways from coconut water, coconut milk, coconut cream to coconut oil. It’s also used for cooking food such as curries. What many people don’t know is how to store their coconuts properly so they won’t go bad quickly and end up wasting them before their expiration date.
- Refrigerating coconut milk, coconut cream or coconut oil will only last up to one week. You can also freeze coconut cooking for up to three months.
- Storing coconuts in the refrigerator is a great way of preserving them and keeping them fresh even if they’re unopened because they won’t absorb any odors from the other food in the fridge.
- You can also freeze coconut cooking for up to three months so it’s perfect if you only need a small amount of coconut milk, coconut cream or coconut oil at one time.
- The best way to store coconuts that have been opened is by placing them inside sealed plastic bags and storing them outside of the fridge for up to three months.
- You can also store coconut milk, coconut cream or coconut oil in sealed containers and then keep them outside of the refrigerator for up to one week.
It is the best way to store coconut for up to three months. However, it’s advisable not to refrigerate coconut milk because it will begin to separate and form a thick layer on top of the liquid below which makes it difficult to use without mixing first.
- Coconut cream or coconut oil can be stored in sealed containers outside of the fridge for up to one week.
- It is recommended not refrigerating coconut milk because it will separate and form a thick layer on top of the liquid below which makes it difficult to use without mixing first.
- Coconut milk can be stored in the fridge for up to a week or at room temperature if kept sealed tight.
- It can be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks and coconut cream will last about a month.
- Keep it refrigerated in an airtight container and coconut water is best for storing at room temperature or put coconut milk in ice cube trays and freezes.
It can be stored in sealed containers outside of the fridge for up to one week. Coconut oil should also stay out of the refrigerator, but if you do decide to store coconut oil in the fridge, make sure to seal it very tightly so that no liquid can seep out and expose the coconut oil.
- Coconut cream can also stay outside of the fridge, but if you do decide to refrigerate coconut cream make sure to seal it very tightly so that no liquid can seep out and expose the coconut milk.
It’s worth noting that coconut oil and coconut butter are solid when they’re cold while coconut water, coconut milk or canned coconut flesh remain liquid.
It should not be stored in a refrigerator because the cold temperature will cause bacteria growth which might spoil the taste or even worse, give you food poisoning! Coconut water is best stored in a cool, dark and dry place.
- Coconut water’s shelf life is determined by the date it was packaged, but generally coconut water lasts from four hours to three days depending on how quickly it goes bad due to its high sugar content.
- Drink it or put coconut water in ice cube trays and freeze.
It should be kept whole if you’re planning on slicing it later on for use at the table or adding to other recipes because cutting into large chunks of coconut will cause them to spoil faster due to increased exposure. Leave smaller pieces out at room temperature so that they can remain fresh longer.
- Coconut flesh will last up to a year as coconut can be frozen.
- Canned Coconut Flesh: Store at room temperature but do not open until ready to use, coconut milk will last up to a week while coconut oil is best for storing at room temperature.
It can be stored in the fridge or at room temperature depending on what you’ll use it for. Refrigerating coconut oil will cause it to solidify into a semisolid state which is ideal if you plan to bake with coconut because it melts quickly once exposed to heat while keeping coconut oil out of the fridge does not affect its in-liquid state.
- Coconut oil should also stay out of the refrigerator, but if you do decide to store coconut oil in the fridge, make sure to seal it very tightly so that no liquid can seep out and expose the coconut oil.
- Coconut oil can be stored anywhere so long as coconut oil is sealed tight to prevent it from going bad.
- Best stored at room temperature but coconut flour only lasts about two months.
- Coconut chips
They are best stored in an airtight container away from direct sunlight to maintain their crisp texture and prevent them from becoming moist over time which will make them chewy instead of crunchy.
- Chips, flakes, etc: stored away from the heat in an airtight container or place coconut chips into the freezer.
If you want coconut milk, coconut oil or coconut flour to last longer then put the coconut product in an airtight container and refrigerate it.
It is best refrigerated or frozen when not being used because its shelf life of coconut flour is two years plus but becomes dry and crumbly over time due to air exposure which will make coconut flour difficult to use as a replacement for flour in baking or other recipes.
It can be stored at room temperature as long as the container is sealed tight to prevent coconut milk from separating and rising to the top of coconut yoghurt which will make it sour over time.
It can also be stored at room temperature or in the fridge and will have a longer shelf life of about two years plus due to its high-fat content which prevents coconut butter from spoiling easily.
It is best for storing if it’s canned or packaged in an airtight container, and coconut flour should also be stored this way given its high content of nutrients which could go bad if exposed to too much moisture.
- It’s best to avoid storing them at room temperature as they’re more susceptible to spoiling. If you want to eat coconut water within a couple of hours of opening it up from its package then drink it or put the coconut water into an ice cube tray and freeze it.