By Allison Boelcke

Shredded coconut is made from a coconut's inner flesh, which has been removed from the shell, shredded and dried. It is sold commercially in packages as a convenient option to add coconut flavor to dishes. Cracking a fresh coconut requires tools and physical strength to get to the inside flesh, which is a large solid piece that must also be cracked. If you want to always have shredded coconut on hand but want to save yourself the trouble of preparing it from a fresh coconut, you can successfully freeze packages of shredded coconut.

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Step 1

Open the package of shredded coconut and transfer the contents of the package to a quart-sized freezer storage bag.

Step 2

Squeeze out all of the air in the freezer bag, then lay the bag flat.

Step 3

Spread the coconut in an even layer across the inside of the bag, leaving a 1/2-inch gap between the shredded coconut and the top of the freezer bag. Close the freezer bag securely.

Step 4

Lay the bag it flat in your freezer until the shredded coconut freezes (about one to two hours) so the coconut freezes in an even layer, rather than a large clump.

Step 5

Reposition the frozen bag after the shredded coconut freezes. Keep the coconut in your freezer for up to one year.