Coconut flakes are a delicious and versatile snack or addition to smoothie bowls and salads for a fun texture and taste. But if you don’t store them properly, they can quickly become stale or even go bad, and then they’re not nearly as fun. Here are some tips on how to keep your coconut flakes fresher for longer!
What is the best way to store coconut flakes?
The best way to store coconut flakes is in a sealed container at room temperature. Make sure there’s no moisture or air able to get into the container. Otherwise, your coconut flakes can become stale, dry out, or go kind of bendy and too chewy instead of a little crispy.
You can also place them in an airtight bag and keep them in the refrigerator if you’d like, but I find it can make them a little softer than I like. If you’re storing a large number of flakes, it’s best to divide them into smaller containers so you avoid the constant opening and closing of one container and the excess stays fresh longer.
Throughout storage, make sure to check the coconut flakes periodically and discard any that look discolored or have an off odor. Sometimes you can tell when they are getting a bit stale as they bend a bit more and don’t quite taste as nice. You can still eat them like this, it isn’t dangerous, but it is definitely a sign to use them up ASAP.
Do coconut flakes need to be refrigerated?
No, coconut flakes do not need to be refrigerated. However, you can if you are storing them for an extended period of time in order to keep the flakes fresh and fragrant.
Storing coconut flakes in the refrigerator will help preserve their flavor but not their texture. Make sure that any containers used for storage have a tight-fitting lid to prevent the flakes from absorbing moisture or other contaminants.
Keep coconut flakes away from direct sunlight or heat sources, which can cause them to go rancid prematurely.
Factors that influence coconut flake storage
Store coconut flakes in an airtight container or zip-top plastic bag away from heat and light to maximize their freshness. When stored properly, unopened packages of coconut flakes should stay fresh for at least 6 months.
Coconut flakes need to be kept away from light, heat, and humidity to prevent premature spoilage.
Type of coconut flakes
Some coconut flakes do come with added sugars and preservatives that extend their shelf life. Coconut flakes with no additives will not have the same length of shelf life as these. Here’s a guide on the best coconut flakes you can buy for various uses.
Can you freeze coconut flakes?
Yes, you can freeze coconut flakes to extend their shelf life. To do so, place coconut flakes in a sealable plastic bag and store them in the freezer, and they should remain fresh for at least a year when frozen properly.
Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight when you’re ready to use them. It’s important to note that frozen coconut flakes may have a slightly different texture than fresh ones. They probably won’t have that little crunch to them anymore and will be softer and more flexible. To counter this, you could toast coconut flakes a little before use.
How to spot spoiled coconut flakes?
If your coconut flakes have an off smell or are discolored or slimy, it’s best to discard them as they’re likely spoiled. If you still aren’t sure, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and throw them away.
Coconut flakes will often become stale before they spoil, in which case, eating them won’t be nearly as enjoyable, but they probably won’t hurt you.
Coconut flakes can be a healthy snack option, as they contain significant amounts of dietary fiber, manganese, and iron. They provide beneficial fatty acids that can help support healthy cholesterol levels too! However, it’s important to note that not all coconut flakes are created equally. Be sure to check the nutrition label before purchasing, as a lot on the market have added sugars and preservatives.
No, shredded coconut and coconut flakes are not the same. Coconut flakes are thinner than shredded coconut. Also, due to the difference in shape and size, it takes longer to toast coconut flakes than shredded coconut. Shredded also often contains added sugar or preservative/anti-clumping agents, which can add calories but not nutrition. Shredded coconut works well mixed in with protein ball recipes or sprinkles on the outside of a cake or even rolled on the outside of these coconut cookie dough bites, and coconut flakes are lovely on top of a smoothie bowl or mixed in with granola or cereals, or salads for added texture and flavor.
Coconut flakes can be used in a variety of dishes from sweet to savory; think coconut cream pie, granola bars, smoothies, muffins, pancakes, oatmeal, yogurt bowls, and salads. They also make a great vegan, and gluten-free alternative to breadcrumbs in dishes like meatballs and meatloaves, or they can be used as a topping for ice cream or hot chocolate drinks.