The flaked coconut can be stored in a ziplock bag and used when needed. You can also prepare a sugar syrup and boil the flakes in syrup. When dried you get sweetened coconut flakes. I will do a separate post for that.
Homemade Coconut Flakes
As we don’t get coconut flakes in Madurai, I had to make it at home for the Lemon bread I made earlier. For this kopra can be used. But as I don’t get it either, I made kopra at home and then flaked it. To make kopra at home you need to break open a coconut and place the two pieces in the fridge. Forget about it for a month. The coconut will dry out and leave the shell. You can use a knife to remove the dried coconut from the shell. This is home made kopra. I used this kopra to make flakes.
Hold the knife as shown. Slice thin pieces from the coconut.
These are the flakes. Keep on flaking till you finish the whole kopra. Use as required.