Coconut adds a mild flavor to cookies, cakes and pies. Dried coconut comes in a variety of types: desiccated, shredded, grated and flaked. Because there is very little difference between them, these terms are used interchangeably in recipes.
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Flaked coconut has the largest pieces. A special coconut grater creates long and wide flakes. As you run the scraper over the coconut, it creates perfect flakes. Sugar is added to the dried flaked coconut that is sold in cans.
Shredded coconut pieces are smaller than flaked. They look like thin strands. A grater with holes has a rough edge. As you scrape, it cuts long and thin strips.
Grated coconut pieces are the smallest. Use a coconut scraper with sharp teeth get the finer flakes.