It's been a month since I decided to buy whole coconuts and make my own coconut milk in the blender to save on the $ of canned coconut milk and also to avoid the additives.
Exactly 50% of the coconuts I've bought have been off, smelly, mouldy whatever. They have been from a variety of stores, from standard supermarkets to open air markets, always get one out of every two rotten.
Is this just something you have to deal with, or is there a way to tell if it's off before opening it?
asked byBradach (1353)
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on June 10, 2013
at 12:24 AM
You can certainly tell when they are definitely bad, but you can't always tell when they might be bad or just beginning to go bad.
- The coconut should feel "heavy" (compared to others in the batch)
- Shake the coconut. Can you hear the liquid inside? It should sound like it's mostly full, and not only a small amount of liquid sloshing around.
- Avoid any that have mold already growing out of the 3 branch stalk connecting holes
- Avoid any that have cracks
Some "premium" coconuts are sold as "easy open" coconuts that have lines scored around their equators. I find these coconuts actually worse - possibly because of micro-cracks the scoring causes letting mold in. They do open easier, however.
My main grocery store often carries both the "easy open" variety (often in a mesh bag), and "bulk" coconuts. The bulk ones are cheaper, and if you know how to open a coconut, aren't really that difficult to open to begin with. I find that the un-scored, "bulk" coconuts are always good (given that I still check each one thoroughly).
Also, note that you aren't guaranteed a good one in the batch the store has in stock! If none seem good to you, just don't get one that week, or until they get new stock.