Botulism and Coconut in Mylar Bags

by Kay
(SC)


Is it safe to store flake coconut in Mylar bags with O2 absorbers? Thanks

ANSWER:

I don't know whether botulism is a problem with coconut. Some say coconut should be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or frozen for up to six months.

I also read that unopened canned coconut can be stored at room temperature for up to eighteen months, and that packaged coconut in plastic bags can be stored up to six months at room temperature.

One site said that the high oil content makes coconut quickly turn rancid if not stored under the proper conditions. I know this to be false. Pure coconut oil will last for many months and even years without going rancid. I have a large bottle in my cupboard that is at least 2 years old and it's just fine.

Since flaked coconut is a little pricey and we don't eat a lot of it, I would store it in quart canning bottles with an o2 absorber. Or vacuum seal it in FoodSaver bags or use the FoodSaver bottle sealer - either large mouth or regular - and seal in canning bottles.

But if you want to store quite a lot of it, using Mylar bags and o2 absorbers will probably work fine. I just don't know the shelf life of it. If it's in a glass bottle, you can at least see when it begins to deteriorate.

Click here to post comments

Return to Long Term Food Storage.

Another Coconut Question

by Brenda
(GA)

Should the coconut flakes be dried before putting in vacuumed sealed glass jar for long term?

RESPONSE:

I haven't bought any coconut flakes for a very long time, but I seem to recall that it is already dried. So I believe you can just vacuum seal it as is.

Click here to post comments

Return to Long Term Food Storage.

Cartoned Coconut Water

How long does an opened carton of coconut water last from the expiration date?

RESPONSE:

I really have no idea, but everything that is open begins to immediately deteriorate. It should probably be used within a week of opening it.

Click here to post comments

Return to Long Term Food Storage.

Top of Pagetop of page