Tuesday, May 21, 2013

did u know.. Coconuts' versatility is ...

did u know..
Coconuts' versatility is
sometimes noted in its naming. In Sanskrit, it is kalpa vriksha ("the tree which provides all the necessities of 
life"). In the Malay language, it is pokok seribu guna ("the tree of a thousand uses"). In the Philippines, the coconut is commonly called the "tree of life.
A typical size coconut is about three to four cups of grated or shredded coconut. The freshly prepared shredded or grated coconut should be refrigerated. 

Some people freeze fresh shredded forms also.
Now What is Toasted coconut?
Toasted coconut is coconut which has been briefly toasted at high heat to brown it and bring out a nutty flavor. It is used as a garnish on a variety of foods, and it can also be utilized in various desserts. Some stores sell prepared toasted coconut, and it can also be very easily made at home. One advantage

to making toasted coconut at home is that it can be made fresh for each use, retaining its crispy flavor rather than softening in storage.
Shredded coconut, coconut flakes, and desiccated coconut can all be toasted.

To toast coconut, the coconut meat is spread out on a large pan and either heated in a toaster oven or heated in the regular oven. It can also be heated on a stove top at high heat, as long as the pan is periodically tossed or the contents are stirred to reduce the risk of burning the coconut. Some people prefer to use cast iron for toasting coconut, because it heats more slowly and evenly, eliminating hot spots which can cause burning. To refresh toasted coconut which has been sitting too long, the coconut can be quickly tossed in a heated pan on the stove to reheat it and cause it to crisp up again. Allowing toasted coconut to cool completely before storage is also a good idea,.
One common use for toasted coconut is as a garnish on soups and curries. 

The garnish adds a crunchy texture and a nutty flavor which some people enjoy.
It can also be scattered on cakes and cupcakes for a twist.
The coconut products can also be baked into cookies, blended into icings and frostings.

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