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.
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?