White coconut shavings in a wooden bowl.

Shredded coconut is made from grated coconut meat. It is used for cooking in curries and desserts. It can also be used in homemade facial scrubs. The shelf life depends on the process used to make the shredded coconut.

Types of Shredded Coconut

Shredded coconut can be bought commercially packaged, or it can be made at home from fresh coconuts.

Commercially Processed Shredded Coconut

Commercially processed shredded coconut can be stored unopened for up to 12 months but should be refrigerated after the package is opened, as stated on the National Center for Home Food Preservation website. (See References 1)

Homemade Shredded Coconut

According to RecipeZaar.com, "grated fresh coconut should be stored in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for up to a week and in the freezer for 6 months." (See Reference 2)

Roasting Shredded Coconut

Roast homemade shredded coconut to extend its shelf life, as advised on the Thai Food and Travel website. (See References 3) According to the website, use a dry pan over moderate heat, stirring frequently until the coconut is golden brown and fragrant. Remove from the pan, cool, and store in a sealed jar in the pantry for a couple of months. (See References 3)

Storage Conditions

Pantries should be dry, cool and dark with temperatures between 50 to 70 °F, as higher temperatures speed up deterioration, advises the National Center for Home Food Preservation. (See References 1)