This post is all about coconuts.  A single coconut has multiple uses, and I’m going to show you just a few of them.  Okay, I lied.  I’m not going to talk about 101 different ways to use the same coconut.. I’m going to talk about four or five different ways.  That’s still a lot!

The first use! Coconut oil.  Here’s a bunch of pictures of when my mom taught me how to make coconut oil.

I apologize in advance for the not so great pictures.

Blurry picture of her cracking that sucker open.  She was moving pretty fast.

Mmm, this is a good coconut. Lots of meat.

You use this contraption, my mom called it a kudkuran, to scrape the meat out.  You sit on it with the skarp part stickin out between your legs.

Super bad picture, but the only one I have of me scraping the meat out.

After a little bit of scraping, here’s what it looks like.

Here’s a before and after.  I went a little crazy on that half, you’re not supposed to see that much brown.

All used up.

Time to start getting that milk out of this meat! Here we have a fine strainer, a bowl and the coconut meat.

Here she put in some water and started mushing it all around.

Take a handful and squeeze it over the bowl.

Here’s some of the milk she squeezed out.  After you have it all squeezed out, you can repeat the process again to get a little bit more milk.  You’d have to be careful with the water though so it isn’t watered down too much.

Strain the milk into a pan.

You can still squeeze a little bit of the milk out of this.

Crank that heat up!

Let it boil.  And constantly stir.

Eventually it’ll start to separate.

More separation.  The clear liquid is the oil… but wait, we can get more out of it!

Almost done.  Let those little bits get all brown and toasted.

All done!

Strain it all!  Save those little bits.  You can use them as a topper for ice cream.. or cakes.. or something.  You might want to toss it with a little bit of sugar though.

Further straining with a coffee filter.

Here’s the oil!  Yup.  A whole coconut made this tiny bit of oil.  You can use the oil for cooking or you can use it to make home made cosmetics.

Second use! As I mentioned in the pictures, you can save the little toasted bits and use them as a topping.

Third use! The meat that you extracted all that milk from is still useful.  If you like toasted coconut, you can probably spread out the meat in a thin layer and throw it in the oven for a while.. You’d probably have to toss it with sugar though.  (I haven’t actually done this, but theoretically it should work, haha)

Fourth use! A Philippine snack: Budbud (the “o”s are long.  Like Boo!  and then a d at the end…. I dunno, it’s hard to explain) also known as sweet rice.  Mm, a delicious dessert.

Here’s a recipe for budbud: Budbud recipe.  You can use the original coconut milk you extracted to make this.. or, if you made coconut oil with the original milk, you can extract milk from the meat more than once. To eat, you unwrap the banana leaf, dip the rice in sugar, or, like in that picture, dip it in coffee and eat it that way.  Either way is awesome.

Fifth use! If you wanted to, with one of the shells, you could clean out the remaining meat and dremel a hole in the side and have a sweet hermit home.  Either that or dremel some small holes on either side of each shell half and make a islander bikini top!

Like this!

So those are just a few ways to put a coconut to use.  I’ll admit, with the budbud recipe, it calls for more than one coconut, but hey, you can make more oil and toasted bits and whatnot!

28 Thoughts on “Coconuts: 101 different ways!

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  2. I use coconut oil for cooking, as well as for my hair and skin. This is a really interesting post! I didn’t realize there was so little oil in each coconut.

    We had that same Corelle pattern when I was growing up :-)

  3. charlamagne on July 10, 2008 at 6:51 pm said:

    In jamaica (and in the west indian stores here in the states) you can get the raw coconut oil like you were to buy canola oil or sumthin….

  4. wow.. i am so impressed that you made coconut oil! way to go!!! i need to get some so i can make my own lip balm!

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  6. frank quinones on September 27, 2008 at 5:56 pm said:

    I will like to know , after you make the oil how can you keep it on a cleara texture so it does not becaome like a cream due to weather?
    In advance i thank you for your help, I’, only trying this oil for the first time.

    • The oil that I made stayed oily until I mixed it with wax and other things to make it into balm.. I don’t know about if you bought it from the store though, sorry.

  7. i wandered to this page from craftster. just a random note: i have that plate.

  8. You forgot haupia, the most delicious Hawaiian desert on the face of the planet. :P

  9. Nice step by step & graphical instructions! I love those coconut bits on a bibingkang latik, yumm! That is sweet rice cake with brown sugar. Thanks again for the instructions!

  10. Nice info.

    Now I know how to make one and get all the health benefits from the coconut oil anytime I need one but I think I wouldn’t dare wearing those coconut bra.

    Thanks a lot for this tutorial.

  11. coco-raro on September 4, 2009 at 10:46 pm said:

    hi there great stuff
    coconut oil solidifies at about 22c
    know I need to find something to guide me thru essential oil making like getting the fragrance of flowers into the cococnut oil … any clues?

  12. I am from the Caribbean and used to make coconut oil among other things I am interested in knowing how to purchace the “Kudkuran”

  13. Interesting post!

  14. Hillary on February 1, 2010 at 6:08 am said:

    Great post!! But approximately how much oil will one large coconut yield? 50ml? 100ml?

  15. i grew up with that same china pattern, green flowers on a white plate, its weird to see it outside of my childhood home…

  16. It’s hilarious that the most frequent thing mentioned is the plate. So I figured I would chime in. We had the same plates too…only the flowers were blue. HA!
    Thanks for the step by step!

  17. Good description. I am goining to make the coconut oil today . Thanks for posting this

  18. Ilovefrogs22 on January 5, 2012 at 7:19 pm said:

    Thank you for posting this. My homework was to find different ways to use a coconut.

  19. just did this for the first time.  scrapped it with a spoon. tastes delicious, and the water we drank.    but wow barely any oil at all. i was hopin for a hair treatment, it did my daughters ends only. i see why it is so expensive to buy the oil.   A very fun experience

  20. pandapower on January 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm said:

    thanks but not what i  was looking for cool detials

  21. Nanjknight42 on February 22, 2012 at 7:04 pm said:

    Thank You!!!!  Love Coconut—the most versatile plant on the planet–all parts can be used for something!!

  22. Beast Rider on April 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm said:

    Awesome article!

  23. Thanks! I hope it turned out well :)

  24. You’re welcome! I’m glad to have helped with your homework :)

  25. Yeah, I extracted enough oil to barely make a few lip balms. It’s hard work! I’m glad you tried it and had fun doing it :) It’s always fun to experiment with stuff like this!

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