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DIY Coconut Milk, Oil, Flour & Bowl

This tutorial will tell you how to make a Coconut bowl, coconut milk, flour and oil as well as a couple of tips of how to also use the coconut to make coconut flakes and your own desiccated coconut, so that you can absolutely get the most out of your coconuts, in a sustainable way.

What you will need 
-Blender and food processor
-Hammer and nail
-A couple of empty glass jars or bottle (optional for the coconut milk)
-Nut milk bag

How to do make them

  1. File the coconut fibers off the outside of the shell.
  2. Push down on the three coconut spots to find the softest one. Hammer a thick nail through two of the holes to allow the coconut to drain properly. 
  3. Once the water is out, score a line around where you want to cut your coconut. For a bowl, I suggest half or just above the halfway line. Where the coconut spots are, being the part removed.
  4. Saw your coconut open along your mark. Give the coconut a quick rinse.
  5. Remove the coconut meat by scoring a line around the edge with a knife and them scooping out with a spoon. 
  6. Once you’ve harvested all the coconut meat you can clean and cut it up into chunks (if you want to make coconut flakes as well you can peel/grate some off and pop them in the oven at low heat until dehydrated). 
  7. To make your coconut milk - 2 cups of water per 1 coconut. Add the water and chunks into a blender and blend for about 5-10minutes until there are no large chunks of coconut and it’s well mixed. 
  8. Once this is done you want to separate the liquid from the coconut pulp. Pour it into a nut milk bag to drain and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Keep the pulp aside for a moment. Pour your fresh coconut milk into a glass jar or bottle to refrigerate. The fats will rise to the top if left overnight which is what we want to make coconut oil.
  9. If you have a dehydrator you can use that, otherwise, line a tray with baking paper and spread out your pulp. Put the tray in the oven on low heat for about an hour, keeping an eye on it as you don't want it to toast but simply lose its moisture. What you have can now either be kept in a glass jar in your pantry for your desiccated coconut or you can move it to a food processor to create a fine powder, thus making coconut flour. 
  10. For your coconut oil. You will see a thick layer of fat sitting on top of your coconut milk, scoop it out into a small saucepan on very low heat, this is crucial to extracting your coconut oil. You want to let the water evaporate after the fat melts. As the water evaporates, it will start to look like curdled milk, which is exactly what you want. This is the oil separating from the solids. You can scoop the oil out into a small jar. Done! 
  11. To create your own, you will need to use some sandpaper to remove the fibers from the inside of the shell, until it's smooth. Sand the outside as well for a smooth finish. Put your coconut shell flat down on a sheet of sandpaper and move it and in a circular motion as you press down to give the rim a clean finish. You can also sand away any sharp edges after this. 
    Next it’s time to oil the coconut bowl. You can use linseed oil, we just used coconut oil this time.

    And your done! A fun and easy (just time consuming) hands on project to make a beautiful coconut bowl as well as sustainably using a coconut.