To obtain coconut cream

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    • Difficulty


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Old Food

Old Food

By Jill Dupleix

Published 1998

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There is nothing in the world like fresh, rich coconut cream, with its plump, velvety texture and slightly fatty, rich, virginal taste. Especially not the canned stuff.


  • 1 coconut
  • hot water


Buy a coconut that feels heavy in the hand. Hold the coconut in one hand over a bowl to catch the juices. Crack it open by smacking it, around its circumference, with the back of a heavy Chinese cleaver. Catch the juices in the bowl and save for drinking later. Grate the meat with the sharp prongs of a coconut grater, known as a ‘rabbit’, or continue cracking the shell of the coconut and loosen