View Full Version : Coconut Shreds for Thickening

Grissim Connery
02-04-2009, 02:00 PM
My good co-op sells a lot of bulk, unsweetened shredded coconut. i get it a lot cause it's really cheap and is quite filling. anyways i've played with it for a lot of things. today i realized that you can essentially use it similar to a sauce thickener. most of the time i just chop onions really tiny and try to get them to soak up most of my sauces. The coconut shreds work well. i'm gonna try pulsing them in my spice grinder and see if, when smaller, they do a better job.

i am still gonna opt for onions and dark green leafy vegetables to soak most my sauce up, but this will help for certain situations.

Garrett Smith
02-04-2009, 02:38 PM
Xanthan gum is nice too.

Scott Kustes
02-04-2009, 03:43 PM
Kuzu root works well.

Patrick Yeung
02-05-2009, 04:31 PM
Corn starch?

Dang, thats what ive been using, but since its just a half Tbl spoon, or less when I do use it, I never thought about it.

Ive always got coconut shreds in my fridge/freezer, I gotta try that.

Greg Davis
02-08-2009, 04:51 PM
i dont have a reference to it but ive seen (and tried) a technique a chef showed on tv once for thickening sauces with butter...

what you do is wait til the very end, turn the burner heat off, and take a nice chunk (ie. 1-2 tbsp) cold butter and whisk it in quite quickly.. it really does work tho i would be at a loss to explain why/how. try it tho.

Greg Davis
02-09-2009, 05:11 AM
found this:
"Butter can also be used as a thickener. When it is whisked into a hot liquid, the milk solids and proteins in butter form an emulsion that suspends the particles of fat in the liquid, creating a thicker, shinier sauce. The problem with this last method, however, is that you need lots of butter to make this work (1/2 cup of butter is needed per 1 cup of liquid--1/2 cup of butter is an entire stick!). "

I've used less than 1/2 cup and it has worked..

Greg Davis
02-09-2009, 05:13 AM
oh and another thing that works good if it fits in to your recipe, is okra. chop it up and its so pasty it thickens anything when your throw it in.. good stuff.

not that coconut shreds wont help.. I just havent found them to be very effective.

Will Moore
02-10-2009, 01:33 AM
I've tried every kind of low-carb, no-carb thickener known...You will not find anything better than Konjac Glucomannan...made from a root. You can read about it and order it here: http://www.konjacfoods.com/gum.htm. Just a very small amount thickens any heated liquid to an incredible degree. It has no taste whatsoever and contributes no calories.:)