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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

I Found It: Unsweetened Coconut

This ends a ten-year search! Every year for the last ten years, I have called companies, grocery stores, and distributors to no avail. No one had unsweetened coconut. Even Bakers, the brand I have bought for forty-years no longer carried it.

Tuesday night, I found unsweetened coconut on the shelf in Walmart. Wild Oats Marketplace is the brand. The coconut is even organic if that means anything, and is a product of the Philippines.

Wild Oats Unsweetened Coconut has no sodium compared to Baker's which has 40 mg in each 2Tbsp serving. The Wild Oats brand has only one ingredient--coconut. It has no sodium based whitener. It's a better deal health-wise.  It cost $1.98 for 7 ounces.

Since I only use coconut at Easter and Christmas, this may not be a big deal to anyone. I just wanted my unsweetened coconut like my mother used. Of course, she broke open a coconut and grated the coconut meat. I, too, have a coconut on the counter as I opened my own coconut for many years. When I saw Mama used the Baker's unsweetened coconut, I eventually changed over, too.

Mama allowed us to eat chunks of coconut! When I have had my own coconut, I ate chunks, too. That was like candy in a shell.

Right now, I have a bag of frozen, sweetened coconut I got on sale earlier this year, stored in the freezer, the bag of Wild Oats unsweetened coconut, and a free coconut on the counter. I'm set.

Your turn
Do you ever use coconut in baking? Do you use sweetened or unsweetened. Do you ever crack open a coconut and grate the meat? What do you make with coconut?



18 comments:

  1. No, I buy the shredded, sweetened kind, like a loser. But hey, at least I do eat coconut. Some people don't like it, and I don't understand those people. I make carrot cake that has so much coconut, pecans, pineapple, and carrots in it that there is hardly any cake. Then I put cream cheese and butter frosting all over it. I also like any and all candies that contain coconut.

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    1. GrapesTrades,
      I want that recipe! Please!

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    2. Here's a llink. I nabbed it from Allrecipes, and it's someone's grandpa's cake. As for the frosting, I make regular cream cheese frosting (however, I do NOT like more cream cheese than butter in my frosting so I make it about half and half, then just throw in powdered sugar and a little milk. Let me know if you need a recipe for cream cheese frosting.)
      http://allrecipes.com/recipe/8270/sams-famous-carrot-cake/
      I don't put raisins in it, and I usually bake it either in a tube pan or in a 9x13 glass pan.

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    3. Okay, just send me what you use. It sounds delicious. Thanks for the recipe link.

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  2. I have bought unsweetened coconut for years at my local health food store. I use it for a lot of things, but I don't use it when I bake super sweet things like German chocolate cake icing, or coconut macaroons.
    It is pricier so i save it for lesser sweet things. I really prefer unsweetened coconut on coconut cake. I have grated coconut but don't on a regular basis. I use unsweetened coconut chips in several savory dishes also.

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    1. Anne,
      You have better choices of shopping places. I don't make the coconut icing for German chocolate cake. I just buy a tub of the coconut pecan frosting and eat it with a spoon. Why bake the cake? I have never heard of unsweetened coconut chips. Where do you get those?

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    2. Either Aldi,Trader Joe's or Sprouts, but I don't remember which. The brand is Southern Grove and they are big thick hunks of dried coconut and they are really good in Caribbean stews and such.

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    3. Anne,
      Thanks. I was trying to remember the specialty grocery, the one that will get anything one desires in one day since they make a trip to Atlanta daily. Those three will be easier.

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  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting :-) I am not a big fan of coconut, but my husband likes it :-) I'm surprised sometimes at all the items you can find at Walmart! Have a great evening!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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    1. Jill,
      I love coconut, but suspect I am allergic to it. Yes, it is surprising what WM carries. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I really needed to know this info! I've been cutting out sugar and coconut has been on my list! Thanks, Linda.

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    1. Cherdo,
      Well, now you know. Coconut is sweet to me, so I thought this sweetened coconut was out of line. You are welcome.

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  5. Good for you. I too have looked, but maybe not with such determination. Now, you've made things easy for me.

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    1. Snowbrush,
      One year, I decided I would launch a search of all places I could find. It was all to no avail. But, this year just looking on the shelf was all it took. I am so glad I could make things easier for you.

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    2. "I am so glad I could make things easier for you."

      Large gifts of money would also be a tremendous help.

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    3. I have made a note of that. lol...same here.

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  6. When we are in Mexico I eat a lot of green coconut. Have you ever had it? The sales person makes quite a show out of choosing the perfect one then goes to town on it with a machete. They then offer the coconut liquid either in the shell or in a plastic bag with a straw. when you have finished they remove the tender young coconut meat. It is usually eaten with lime and a sprinkle of chili powder. It is delicious!

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    1. Janet,
      No, I have never had it or heard of it. However, I would be willing to try it. Interesting
      Thanks

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