Bob's Red Mill Unsweetened Medium Shredded Coconut, 24-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)
Bob Moore's secret to life may just be "work hard and keep it simple." Living this philosophy, Bob literally puts his nose to the grindstone every day. Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods is an Oregon-based company that utilizes simple, old-world technology to mill hundreds of all-natural whole grain products.
Bob's Red Mill is dedicated to the manufacturing of natural foods in the natural way. In their own words: "With all the sophisticated knowledge of recent times, no machinery has yet been developed that grinds grains into flour quite as well as our flint-hard Quartz Watches millstones quarried in France and used by discriminating millers since early Roman times."
"Our well-dressed (sharpened) sets of millstones turn the highest quality wheat into a finer, better baking bread flour than all the hammer mills, steel roller mills, steel buhr mills, or pulverizers ever built! These slow turning millstones grind the bran, endosperm, and germ (containing its nutritious wheat germ oil) into flour in a cool natural way, creating a more assimilable food."
Bob's Red Mill stone grinds all common and most uncommon grains into flours and meals on its over 100-year-old mills. They mix them into an astounding array of unique cereals, pancake and waffle mixes, machine and hand-made bread mixes, quick bread mixes, gluten-free mixes, and specialty grain products.
I have been using Bob's red mill unsweetened coconut for about 2 years now and it's great. My favorite use for it is as part oif a coating for chicken or fish. You just toast the coconut in a nonstick pan until nice and deeply browned and then mix it half and half with Panko crumbs or regular breadcrumbs. Dredge your chicken pieces in flour, dip in egg and then coat with the coconut & breadcrumbs. I bake mine in the oven but you can also deep fry. This coating is also excellent for shrimp or scallops. Since it's unsweetened, you can use it in carribbean stews or any other savory dish. For baked goods it's especially helpful in controlling the amount of sugar in the final product. Coconut doesn't really need to be sweetened when it's added to other sweet ingredients. For example, those 7 layer dream bars with chcolocate and butterscotch chips as well as sweetened condensed milk don't really need sweetened coconut now do they? I also add this coconut to banana nut breads, chocolate brownies and icings for cakes. If you are making a regular white cake with coconut icing, you can punch up the coconut quotient by trhwoing in a half cup or so into the mix and then some more into the custard filling and get triple coconut cake! Yum. It's not hard to toast this coconut but be aware that once it starts browning, it browns VERY fast and will continue browning even after you remove it from the heat. Once you have bought this and used it, you'll find a hundred other uses for it. try the coconut encrusted chicken for something different!
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Updated on 5-19-2013.