How to Freeze Fresh Raw Coconut

by Lillian Downey

Two schools of thought argue about the best way to freeze fresh coconut. One school says to shred and store and the other says to chunk and store. The method you chose will depend on the way you most use coconut and the amount of work you want to do to preserve it. Either method allows you to store coconut in the freezer for eight months or more so you'll always have some handy for your favorite recipes.

Chunk It

Remove the hard, brown outer husk of the coconut and drain away the milk into a separate container.

Cut the white flesh into four to eight large chunks.

Sprinkle a light coating of sugar on top of the chunks, as this helps them keep better.

Add the chunks to an airtight container or a plastic freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible.

Store in the freezer for six to 12 months.

Shred It

Remove the husk, drain the milk and cut the coconut into chunks.

Shred the coconut using a food processor or hand grater.

Put the shredded coconut into freezer bags or airtight freezer containers.

Cover the coconut with the coconut milk, if desired, and place it in the freezer.

Items you will need

  • Knife
  • Bowl
  • Sugar
  • Plastic freezer bag
  • Airtight freezer container
  • Food processor
  • Cheese grater


  • You can put the coconut milk in an airtight container and keep it in the freezer as well.
  • Freeze at zero degrees Fahrenheit for the best results.

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