Coconut is a valuable food product. It is rich in folic acid and vitamin C. 100 grams of pulp contains 354 calories. But in order to fully enjoy the taste, you first need to choose the right fruit, and then learn how to store a coconut. How to do it – answers in our article.
How long can you store a coconut:
- At room temperature, a whole nut will last a month, a broken one – a day.
- In the refrigerator, a whole fruit will stay for up to 3 months, split – up to 5 days.
- Frozen coconut pulp can be kept in the freezer for up to 18 months.
How to choose
When choosing a coconut, pay attention to the following points:
- The color of the ripe fruit should be natural, brown with a rough skin on which copra is stored. It protects it from premature drying.
- The three dots at the bottom of the coconut should be the same color as the fruit itself, but a little darker in shade. There should be no mold on them, they should be dry, and the area around the points should be firm.
- With long-term storage, the pulp of the product begins to dry out. Therefore, shake the coconut – it should be moderately heavy and milk should splash inside – this is a sign of maturity.
- Unlike many other tropical fruits, the green coconut does not ripen. Therefore, the presence of even the smallest spot indicates that the fruit will be tasteless.
How to store
Before opening, fresh coconut can be stored at home in a dry, cool place for a month. However, it is better not to keep it for a long time, as over time the juice becomes sour and the fruit spoils. Optimum conditions and shelf life of coconut:
- 20 °C;
- 30 days;
- dark dry place.
It can be a pantry or a shelf in the kitchen.
Important ! If you decide to stock up on coconuts, you should remember that this fruit does not ripen during storage. Therefore, no matter how long you store it, it will remain green and tasteless.
In the fridge
It is easy to store coconuts in the cold, even in the store it is optimal to buy the fruit that was lying in the cold. Under such conditions, it will remain fresh for a long time, up to 3 months.
Very often there is a sticker in the store, which indicates the shelf life of coconuts and the conditions under which it is better to keep it at home. However, it is worth remembering that you need to keep the whole coconut away from the fruits during storage, which emit ethylene, which helps to accelerate maturity. These are bananas, apples, pears and melons.
The shelf life of coconut in the refrigerator is up to 3 months or until the date indicated on the label. Over time, milk becomes scarce, as the fruit gradually dries up, and the pulp becomes sour.
How to store an open coconut
An opened coconut should be stored in the refrigerator at a temperature of 5 °C for no longer than 1-2 days. It is important to drain the milk separately, as it turns sour quickly. It is poured into a clean glass container and stored for no longer than 1-2 days at the same temperature.
It will be better to wrap the cut fruit in cling film after opening, so that air does not get on the pulp.
The optimal conditions for storing split coconut are:
- temperature 5 ° C;
- humidity 70%.
Cut and peeled coconut can be turned into an interesting homemade product, and the milk and pulp can be used for culinary purposes.
The best place to store a coconut after opening it is in the refrigerator, but the pulp will not last long there. If you have carefully collected it on a plate, cover it with cling film and store it at a temperature of 5 °C for no longer than a day.
Another popular way to store coconuts is in the freezer. Package the pulp and milk in bags, close tightly (it is more convenient to use a zipper) and freeze. In this form, coconut can be stored for up to 1.5 years at a temperature of -18 °C and below.